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Personal | Instagram a day in 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A photo a day.  Thats what I’m doing in 2011, will you join me?  Instagram is a free awesome new app for my iphone where I can easily take a photo and apply cool simple filters and post them online to friends, no clutter of ads like facebook or lots of text to filter through.  Download it here! Just “like” or join the conversation and “comment” on the images and be inspired.  I’ve been super inspired by some of my friends instagram feeds from Jose Villa and The Becker , check their recent instagram images out at; Jose Villa, The Becker.  Below is a shot of me that my wife took Just south of Lake Tahoe on our recent vacation. I’m going to use instagram to show a lot of daily images that inspire me.  I hope to see you there, have an awesome 2011 and I look forward to seeing your photo-a-day.

An Instagram photo a day

San Luis Obispo, CA Personal | Merry Christmas & thank you to everyone…

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Every year our wonderful team at Mike Larson, Inc has grown.  We are a tight-nit family and have grown so close to each other this year.  As the leader of the team, I’m proud of them.  They do most of the work that goes on in our studio and deserve most all of the credit.  We are part of a team that has a self policing (or self challenging) company culture of excellence, character, tenacity, drive, passion, and a desire to ensure all of our clients & colleagues we work with feel loved and served well.

This year marks the 9th year we’ve done work in San Luis Obispo, 13 years total of photography.  Even as the years pass, its encouraging and humbling to look back at our past work and to think how much we’ve grown since then only reminds us of how much more territory there is to explore, grow, and improve.  Even though we have a gratefulness for where we have arrived at the end of 2010 thanks to our wonderful clients, we maintain a contentedness for the amount of work we have been commissioned for, we also have a longing to push deeper in relationships with our clients and friends we work with.  So a big thank you to all of those who came along side us this year, assistants, drivers, second shooters, third shooters, all of our outsourcing team, we could not have done it without you.

A big thank you to Kiss wedding books, for enabling us to provide amazing books to our clients this year.  Thank you to Pictage for hosting our images and providing access to their family and friends. Thanks to ShootQ, who has enabled our entire team and clients to be paperless and hyper efficient, Without these core services, we would be unable to do what we do.

And to our team, Necia, thank you for all the amazing Albums you design, Jake for your sweet designs of our new blog and upcoming website, and the card you put together.  Sophie, for running all the production at amazing levels to serve all of our clients this year!  Chloe, who takes care of all our leads and inquiries coming in.  For Jamie who is our new stylist, and helping our clients to style themselves in our shoots!  Thank you to Stephanie & Samantha for assisting in the studio production.  Jeniene, for all the studio details you manage, you rock!  And thank you to my wife, Rachel who takes care of all the books and numbers.  You are the face of this team and this years card means so much more to me.  You all enable me to do what I do best, and to encourage other photographers and small businesspeople around the world as I travel and shoot, doing what I love.  Thank you to our studio assistants, Anna, Samantha & Stephanie as well! I’m nothing without you guys.  What a team. Thank you all for another amazing year!

I also want to thank the following AMAZING blogs for publishing some of the work we did this year.  Here are just a few of our favorite weddings that were published!

Style UnveiledTahoe UnveiledStyle me PrettyGrey Like Weddings, Sassy BrideDestination InspirationWedding Chicks x2Santa Barbara Wedding Style

MLI Christmas 2010 Front ©MikeLarsonInc

Our wonderful photographers are

Chloe, Sophie, Rachel, Jake and William.  You can click on their names to check out their blogs and recent work!

MLI Christmas 2010 Back ©MikeLarsonIncHair and makeup talents donated by the ever fantastic Queensbees and vintage hair piece from Loboheme and Tux and Tulle fitting the gentlemen with neck wear.

Personal | Happy Birthday Hannah!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My world has changed, forever.  On the way home from the hospital last night, I heard the song, “Joy to the world” sung by Third day, who has an amazing Christmas album.  That song finally meant more to me, especially with the lyrics, “Joy to the world, the king has come, // let every heart prepare Him room”. Truly, joy had come into my world.  And my heart has so much room for love, for this new baby girl.  Just as 200o years ago when joy came into the world with the birth of Jesus, and they had amazing joy for such an event, at the same time of year(Christmastime), joy has come into the world of Rachel & I, with Hannah.  I was singing this old time Christmas carol in my car, busting out the tunes and suddenly feeling so grateful and thankful that I had been given this healthy little girl.  God has been so good to us.  It baffles me that 2 cells can collide and 9 months later you have so much love for this little creature that now looks like us.

First I want to share a few things:

To Rachel: You’re the best wife ever, and I’m proud of you doing it all natural and being so amazing with everything else as well.  You have the best heart ever.

To Friends & Family: Thank you for all your love, prayers, notes, flowers, food, balloons, surprises and help you’ve given us over the last 9 months and the last 4 days especially.  We are Grateful & humbled.

To my friends: who’ve had babies before.  When I was not as excited about holding a baby that wasn’t mine. Forgive me, I didn’t get it. Now I do.  I get how you feel.

To my parents: Who’ve raised me, I appreciate you more now.

To all married’s w/o children:I may not have had a kid long enough to be qualified to say this, but this is a great equalizer.  Kids are not everything, and my wife still comes first, I love her.  But they are more important than any bit of work I can think of. I love my work I produce, and I love doing what I do, I dream about it probably too much. However, how I raise my child, with regards to their their integrity, character, love, patience, and their love of the God that created them is more important than any dollar I could possibly earn.  Yes, I want to support my family, but not work so much that I’m not there to lead them.  Thanks to all the guys who have challenged me on this.  So to all those married’s who are gonna have kids someday, enjoy every day of your wife before you have them, and don’t wait too long.  I never, EVER heard grandparents say they wished they had less kids. and in the last 9 months, i’ve probably asked about 40-50.  I know I still have much to learn.

To all the guys: who got really excited for me when I told them we were having a little girl. Your right, this does change everything, in a good way.  Thanks for your encouragement.

Baby Photography ©MikeLarsonInc

Hannah Noelle Larson:

8 lbs, 3 oz,

21 inches

12/12/10 6:49pm

7 hours of labor, w/ 1 of pushing on the warmest day of winter!  (this part FLEW by!)

the sweetest noises I’ve ever heard come out of her, and (yes its true) way less crying than I imagined.

Weird, yes, its so weird to see a little mini-me staring back at me.  I can’t wait to raise her up into a good little girl.