"HARD WORK" - By Denver Fitness Photographer MikeCon Photography

"HARD WORK" - By Denver Fitness Photographer MikeCon Photography

“Everybody wants to be famous, but nobody wants to do the work. I live by that. You grind hard so you can play hard. At the end of the day, you put all the work in, and eventually it'll pay off. It could be in a year, it could be in 30 years. Eventually, your hard work will pay off.” - Kevin Hart

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A few years ago I wrote this blog, “How I Got Interested in Photography, and it still stands true and I still want to do a photo shoot with Jamie Eason.  I loved the way the human body looks when it has muscles and definition, curves, and more.  I love the transformation stories, the stories of their struggles, and how empowering it is to overcome those.

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"Being the "Best" Photographer" -By MikeCon Photography

"Being the "Best" Photographer" -By MikeCon Photography

This is a professional intervention on my own soul or anyone else out there that does photography and is reading this or lost their way in their path.  Reading this will make you think that I'm being a jerk, however, the last thing I'm here to do is knock anyone's hustle.  Do you...I'm doing me! 

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"Photography Lessons" - by MikeCon Photography "Castle Rock Photographer"

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There's four 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, TFP, 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.

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"The Introduction" by MikeCon Photography - "Castle Rock Photographer"

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Welcome to my updated blog site for MikeCon Photography!

Here is where I'll share some of my inner most thoughts and creative views on photography and the industry I'm in.  If you'd like to know a bit about me...well take a small gaze at my "About me" section of my website: .  There it tells about how the name came of my business came to be and a bit about my origins.

Why am I blogging?  Well, as a photographer, there's times where I feel I need to share things about who I am, what I'm about  and let my audience get to know me.

What do I like to photograph?  Well, that's pretty broad...considering I live in Castle Rock, Colorado, and it's not a metropolitan area.  It's more like a suburban-metro area; located right between Denver and Colorado Springs.  So for me I photograph almost everything.  I do fitness, glamour, fashion, seniors, families and engagements.  My "niche" is portraiture photography.  I like "classy" photos.  Things look like they'll last throughout time and things that look like they belong in a magazine, or poster.  Below, I've included a small video (which you may have skipped on the introduction of my website.  In this video, I've included a lot of my past photo shoots, so I hope you make the time and enjoy the show!

If you'd like to contact me for booking a photo shoot, please feel free to go to the  "contact me" tab and leave me a message with your information, so we can communicate and facilitate!

Semper Fi!
MikeCon Photography