"Preview of Dallas, Texas" - By MikeCon Photography

"Preview of Dallas, Texas" - By MikeCon Photography

A short preview BTS video from my trip to Dallas, Texas.

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Well, a lot of times people show up to photo shoots all nervous and that's cool, however there's some that show up thinking that they know everything from "America's Next Top Model" and end up like this:

No matter what you do, don't do this!  Of all things...have fun, and learn to take direction from your photographer.  The person you hire is supposed to be the expert and is going to hopefully deliver you some amazing images!  

"GOAT VS. SHEEP" - by MikeCon Photography (Castle Rock Photographer)

As I'm getting ready to hit the gym this morning to get tortured by my trainer Allyson, I started thinking about "GREATNESS".

Every single person that carries the title of the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) throughout time has never been a "sheep".  They don't just follow what everyone else is doing, going, or believe in.  They're constantly aiming for higher goals/levels within themselves and doing their best to achieve and not go backwards in life.  They're never making excuses.

They love winning at almost everything; more than life itself.  They also like being around other winners with the right mentality and attitude, yet separating themselves from the mediocre with not just talent, but hard work.  They love what they do, even in a bad spot, and can turn their fears into accomplishments by overcoming them.  If they make a mistake, they reflect and learn, but don't dwell...they excel!  Think about Jerry Rice, Walter Payton, Michael Jordan, or if you want to go Biblical look at Jesus.  They never really complained at 1all about the hardships they had to overcome, and looked at the bigger picture and didn't think about themselves selfishly.  As much as I love Terrell Owens and others like him that are boastful, they're always the ones who get snubbed from everyone because the only thing about them that most people remember is their attitude and/or negative attitudes.  

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 will truly define what G.O.A.T.'s truly are because they have love for it all!

Do your best to be a G.O.A.T. and not a sheep!  Sheep don't usually survive in the "long game", and most are just flashes in the pan (fools gold).  Once again...whining isn't winning.  Remember, everything that glitters isn't gold, and the great ones are like diamonds because with heat, pressure and time, they're more oftentimes forged to be priceless!


Have a blessed day!


"Getting In The Right Mindset"

Here's a podcast Skype interview that I did recently with Connor Hibbs.  I can't thank him enough for the honor and privilege of doing this interview.   

Thank you all for making the time to listen.  Hopefully, I can get the folks at Nikon to take a listen as well.  


Photography Lessons - by MikeCon Photography "Castle Rock Photographer"

There's five things that stick out in my head about photography.

1. If you have one model and 100 photographers and the same lighting setups and camera settings...at the end of the post processing part...you're still going to have 100 different pictures. Artists are artists. We are all very different individuals and how we do and see things is unique.
(This is why you must always look at the body of work each photographer does and not just base it off of their word of what place they told you they work at).

2. It's not the equipment that makes a great shot, it's timing, skill, and patience. Too many people believe that if you have that camera, that lens, that modifier, that light and etc., it's going to make you great.  No...it's not!

Utilize whatever you have and grind on it!  If you only have a kit (beginners) lens, use it until the wheels fall off. Learn to use natural light, and to throw light with that pop-up flash, learn to use whatever is available as your weapon and master it. Even after you think you have it mastered, start all over again and do it again, and again and again. For those photographers that laugh at those who use a kit lens...remember, most of you had to start somewhere.

For those of you with lots and lots of lenses and don't use them...look your style and know what you need and don't need in your tool box of toys.  Who knows, maybe another photog may see it for sale on eBay, Amazon, or Craigslist and thank you for it, or do some very interesting/inspirational things.

3. You only have two people you work for. Yourself and your client. Don't listen to others!! Those others aren't you, and most will try guiding you for their own interests, or beliefs. Hell, most of the time they're the ones who keep up drama.

Regardless of whatever people base off social media and "likes", 1+'s, TF, or "photo credit", or whatever...don't work for them.  Satisfy your clients that have paid you and value you for your skills and time.

Photo credit and suchlike don't and aren't going to get you anywhere unless you KNOW it's for a good cause, or it's just to sharpen your photography skills. Besides, I'm still looking for another business that accepts photo credit as a payment.

4. Take and make time to try new styles of photography. This means if you photograph people, then go out and take some landscape photos, or vice versa. Don't be afraid to push yourself to new realms. It breaks the monotony and allows you to escape to try new things.

5.  Don't ever say that your client picked a "bad picture".  Be more critical of your own work and don't choose the photo when it's in LightRoom.

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