Archive for January, 2009

Some families and kids that we had fun with in 2008!   Part one

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Here are just a few moments that we wanted to share with you, big smiles, fast running, jumping and dancing, it’s all here. And did I mention that our clients had loads of fun too! Enjoy! Want to see more and find out how you can be in pictures and have fun too?
visit our site to see lots of “real” lifestyle photography. mkphotokids








Know of a friend or a loved one serving in Iraq or the Middle East?  UPDATE!

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

UPDATE: 1.23.09   Lots of Philly vendors are getting involved! WOW! This is going to be an amazing event!

Know of a friend or a loved one serving in Iraq or the Middle East?

As part of giving back to the community and to the proud soldiers serving in the military, mike(mk Photography) will be donating his services to a very lucky couple. This donation will include myself and an assistant photographer, all day wedding coverage, library bound proof book, all images in a HTML gallery on a CD, website hosting and a full size wedding book! I feel very strongly that I need to give something special back to a very select group of people who are standing by and fighting for our country, so we can live free in a democracy.
All you need to do is share your story, tell me how you met your fiance. We REALLY want to hear from you! We will be reading your emails and picking the most compelling life story. Only one of you needs to be currently serving. There is a very good chance that your wedding day pics and story will be featured in one of Philadelphia’s top wedding magazines. People need to hear from you. We all take for granted what you are doing for us!

Please email me your story with pics and information to: We will be choosing the winner March 1st, 2009



Thank You!       Mary Kaye and David!

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

A nice “thank you” and thank you card for Mary Kaye and David. They were married at the Villanova Chapel on December 6th 2008.
Best wishes to you!

A great idea and awesome way to thank your family, friends and vendors. Available in all shapes and sizes.


Mary Kaye - Angelique, I just wanted to let you know that we received our thank you cards in the mail last night and they are BEAUTIFUL. I was so impressed with the quality of them. I had no idea that the cover of the card would actually be a glossy photo as opposed to just a copy type print. (How awesome was it to see one of our wedding photos in print form?!?) Thank you so much for your beautiful design. I can't wait to send them out! Really looking forward to putting an album together with you. You are very talented. Have a great day! Mary Kaye Anthony

Little Fun at the Studio

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Look who stopped by for some family photos. Angelique’s dog Trouble was a big help getting huge smiles out of the little one.








We are so done. Let me go!

The Value of Wedding photography?

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

The Value of Wedding Photography?

It is very hard to put a value on wedding photography or completely understand just how important it is to hire a creative professional on your wedding day. That “value” becomes a harsh reality when you realize you hate your wedding day photos! Or they are just OK! And after it is too late, once of a lifetime moments were missed, you don’t like the way you look….. Where are my family shots? I hear it over and over from couples that made a wrong choice when hiring a photographer… The disappointment sets in and the term “you get what you pay for” repeats to you over and over. Why did I not make photography more of a priority and spend a little more?
Looking for a wedding photographer is now harder than ever. Just open any magazine and you will be overwhelmed with just how many choices there are. And to make the decision even harder, most ads and websites look pretty good. A photographer’s experience and reputation needs to play a huge part when making your decision. Look at other weddings he or she has documented and look for consistency from wedding to wedding from photo to photo. Consistency being a photographer’s ability to capture and document moments, wedding after wedding with excellent and consistent results. You don’t want to hire a photographer that has one good wedding to show you, look at many photos and make sure the photographer you are hiring will produce those “sample” images for you that you have seen in his/her portfolio and albums. Make sure you really look closely at the album design and that the photographs in the album tell a story and you love what you see. You should be able to imagine yourself in those photos. If you don’t, and you are not moved by them, move on and look at another photographer.

Ask how long will it take to get your finished wedding album? Get the terms in writing. Make sure you feel comfortable with the album production timeframe. We get calls all the time, “can you do our wedding album, our photographer has gone out of business, and we don’t have any photos” Referrals are also VERY important, ask around, ask your friends and gauge who was happy and who was not. Hearing a photographer’s name in a positive light over and over again is a good thing! Photographer’s who work venues several times become familiar with those properties and have the experience to work with the staff. They scout the best locations and creative angles/perspectives for those awesome photos you are looking for. Remember, EXPERIENCE, TALENT and REPUTATION…. are very important elements to think about when deciding which photographer will document you big day!

Hiring the right wedding photographer for your wedding day is one on the most important decisions you will make when planning your wedding. You can’t take away the band, the flowers, the food or the venue…but you can take away the memories from one of the most important days of your life. Those memories will be in the hands of the photographer you hire…. choose wisely and remember wedding photography needs to be a priority on your wedding day, it only happens once! ONLY ONCE!

Mary Kaye - Mike, I so agree with this statement. Planning a wedding can be so confusing and it can be very hard when you are working with a budget to figure out what needs to be a priority and where you need to save your money because it's just not worth it. For most brides that means figuring out what is the most important and where you might be able to cut the budget. It's a personal preference of course, but there were absolutely things that Dave and I just couldn't justify spending alot of money on because it just wasn't worth it. That being said, photography was an area where I wanted to make sure I got the very best because you only get one wedding album and it lasts a lifetime! I recently got our photo CD in the mail and I posted some of my wedding photos to my facebook account. I can't tell you how many people have sent me private messages asking me who the photographer was...telling me they are the best wedding photos they have ever seen. I look at the photos and I can remember how I felt on my wedding day and the joy that Dave and I felt being with our families and friends. Your photography is absolutely the best I have ever seen and I would reccomend you to everyone and anyone I know who is planning their wedding or special event! All people have to do is look through all your events on the website to know that I am not unique---all of your albums are fantastic. Thank you for providing us with so many beautiful memories for years to come. :)

Ryan - Truly well said, insightful aid for a common issue.

Joan & Larry    Part 2

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Here is Part 2 from Joan and Larry’s small family celebration at Greenville Country Club
Thanks to the wonderful Linda Gaynor we all felt well taken care of.











Betty Gallagher - I showed my son your photography. He's getting married in Sept. 2009........" I've come back to see your photos over and over again. They're beautiful. They're more than beautiful. I just had to tell you how much I enjoy looking at them. Sincerely, Betty Gallagher

12.20.08    Joan & Larry – Part 1

Monday, January 12th, 2009

How they met: at a wedding
The proposal: on the beach at lake Michigan
The ceremony: St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine – Wilmington, DE
The celebration: Greenville Country Club
What we remember: Joan came to the studio with her mom later in the season and we were excited to hear all about their little family celebration at Christmas time. When it came to the wedding day it was all about family. It was so amazing seeing Joan and Larry in love for second time in their lives and all of their grown up children and grandchildren being part of the happiness. The festive holiday feel of Greenville Country Club added to the warm atmosphere.
We are so glad to be part of your special day. Enjoy sailing around the Grenadine Islands.
Jana & mike









Part 2 – Reception and portraits coming soon.