Hello my name is Michael D. Thomas,
I’m a professional photographer based in southern California, specializing in wedding, fashion, model portfolios, glamour, portrait, event photography, Real Estate and photojournalism. My mobile studio can and will come to your home, business or event locations to meet your photographic needs.
To be honest, as much as I love working with people and hope to work with you, I don’t want to attract clients by laying it on thick about “how great I am” and how much I can promise you. Even if it’s spoken sincerely, I think it all begins to sound false after a while. And I don’t think that’s the right foot to start a relationship on. So besides great photos, I tell my clients they should be looking for a photographer that best suits their needs, style and personality. And be really upfront with them. I am more than happy to refer them to other photographers that may better fit their needs. I would rather do that than loose a friendship.
If you do decide to give me the honor of working with you, We Will Have Fun. You’ll see that I give my clients the kind of photographs that they can cherish forever. I offer you my professionalism, my creativity to capture who you are, to show you that we are all beautiful as ourselves, being natural and free to be comfortable in front of the camera. Your photos will be cherished for generations, bringing out emotions you thought were only in your memories.
Michael D. Thomas
You can contact me by phone at (909) 908-1779 or email Photosinmotion@att.net
My goal is to provide my clients with Affordable Excellence.
“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
We specialize in building portfolios for new and experienced models. We take pride in capturing dazzling images for up and coming models. So if you are looking to update your current portfolio or start a new one, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Our rates are reasonable and in some cases negotiable.
No Experience is required!
To me attitude is more important than looks.
If you are interested in working with Photos In Motion to satisfy your photographic needs, then contact us now!
Preparing for the Photo Shoot
First, decide with the photographer what type of 'look' you are trying to achieve. Depending on what type of modeling you are going for (commercial, fashion, plus), you will want different setups and different outfits. Ask the photographer if they have clothes for you or if you are expected to bring your own. Most probably both will be the case.
The clothes you bring to a portfolio shoot should include several clean, uncluttered outfits in colors that flatter you. Start with a basic skirt and top, a cute little dress, a pair of jeans and a plain white tee shirt. Jackets are always interesting in a shoot, so bring several short and long ones -- but only if they are in good condition! If you don't already have a bathing suit shot in your portfolio, bring a one or two piece suit. Avoid patterned prints, as they detract from your face and figure. Skirts should be just above your knees, or a little higher if you have great legs. Clothes should be close to the body, but not tight or pulling and no wrinkles. If you want to appear taller and slimmer, wear the same color on both the top and bottom. Avoid shirts that button down or tie across the front ; they often end up pulling and looking unkempt. Look for unfussy, flattering necklines.
Wear nude underwear that won't show and a good bra if you need the support.
The shoes you wear should make your legs look longer. Strappy heels, without ankle straps are always a good choice. Stillettos are great if you are comfortable in them, or if your photographer wants to do "high fashion" shots. Avoid shoes that are clunky or big, as most agents don't like that look. Boots with slim heels, cut just below the knee are usually good on most models for one outfit, but only if your knees are slim. Avoid ankle length boots, they cut the leg in the image.
Minimize jewelry, unless there is one signature piece that just makes the outfit. Remove watches, rings, earrings and necklaces. Your portfolio is used to show YOU off, not the accessories.
Don't just grab some clothes from your closet and run to your shoot. Try on all the outfits well in advance and practice posing in front of your mirror. If you can, have a friend take some digital photos to see how each outfit shoots. Then notice how they move on your body: if anything gaps, if underwear shows, and whether or not you look good in it. We recommend you always use a makeup artist for all portfolio shoots, unless you are experienced at doing your own camera-ready makeup. Most importantly, get plenty of rest the night before and have fun at the shoot, so that your personality shows through! Be creative, think of ideas and setups ahead of time so that you arrive prepared.
There are many different ways we can do this session whether you just want capture your entire family or focus on your child/ren. I like to keep it simple and classic while I create a beautiful and meaningful story to tell of who your family is! I love to capture the cheesy smiles I get from your family, the tantrums, the laughter, or even the shyness. Think of yourselves enjoying your time together and I just happen to be there to capture it.
The on-location family and/or children session can be at a park, lake, in the city, or even in your background. This is perfect if your child who has a lot of energy and needs to run, jump, or fly!
Lifestyle family and/or children shoots are a great way to capture everyday life with your family. This shoot takes place inside your home. It is very natural and relaxed. My main focus is on getting the real, heartfelt shots of the activities you love to do with your family; whether making pancakes on a Saturday morning, making cookies with your kids, reading stories to your children, your boys having a pillow fight, or even having a tea party with your little princess – I will be there to capture precious emotions and interactions. It’s all about those everyday moments that you wish you could capture, and now you can.
Standard Session Fee – $125
This type of session is most ideal for smaller families or for baby/child milestones. Session fee includes a pre-session phone consultation, session of up to 1 hour at a location of your choice (within 25 miles of zip code91709, more than 20 miles requires minimal traveling fee).
Premiere Session Fee – $150
This type of session is perfect for larger families or families who want a more customized styled shoot. The premiere session fee includes a pre-session phone consultation, session of up to 2 hours on location of your choice (within 20 miles of zip code 91709, more than 20 miles requires minimal traveling fee).
Session fees cover our creativity and time, with all prints and products ordered separately
Second Note: Some places require photography permit and fees and admission. It is the client’s responsible to pay the permit fees or the admission.
Third Note: I do not give out unedited/RAW files. Please do not ask me.
We are always happy to discuss any ideas or questions you may have prior to your session… Feel free to give us a call!
What to wear:
Simple and comfortable! By staying with the basics for your clothing selections the focus is on you and not what you are wearing. Some clothing recommendations include overalls, jeans, khakis, solid color shirts, and simple dresses. Neutral colors are best. Please stay away from designs, logos & words. In family or group settings, matching is not necessary—coordinate the group as one unit. Avoid mixing patterns and contrasting colors. If your child is going to wear shoes, try to choose shoes that do not have words, designs or lights on them. Whenever possible, bare feet are the best!
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