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To tell you the truth, I'm not much of a writer. I don't even update my Facebook status that often. 


I will try to leave photography related notes here, when I think of something that may be worthwhile. 


Thanks for hanging out with me. 


J. Michael Strange


October 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Halloween is just a few days away. It means a lot of different things to different people. To me, it means costumes and candy. (I need to stay away from the candy). Costumes may be anything from a store bought package, to an intricately designed outfit. Whatever the outfit is, the person will usually want a picture of it. Oh boy! I'm there for you. I have taken pictures of costumes at halloween parties, community events, parades, and festivals. When you get a picture taken in your costume, you can share it with others, but most importantly, you can keep a memory for yourself. My best costume, was when I was a kid. My parents dressed me in raggedy clothes. Made a beard by applying ash from a burnt cork to my face, and tied a bandana into a bag on the end of a stick. It won a costume contest. Since then, I have been a pirate, a doctor, a demon, an alien and many others I don't remember. Have a happy and safe Halloween. 

MeWowJasmine Allen modeling a cat costume.

Mini Headshot Session. Save $70

February 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


Limited time offer! Saturday, February 25th only! $50 headshots with professional hair and makeup included! You will never see an offer this good ever again! Appointments available on the hour from 9am to 4pm.
Hair by Shelbi Thompson of Be Betty Be Unique and Makeup by Hair & Makeup by Jennifer E Sullivan Cassidy! 3 digital images included. Spaces are limited so book immediately, only $10 deposit! PayPal your deposit to: Jmstrange@jmsphoto.net


Startup fund for Photo Studio on GoFundMe

December 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment



I want to rent a photo studio in 2017, and I started a GoFundMe campaign to help me raise money to cover the lease. I am a little embarrased to ask for help, but I want to have a photography studio so much. Please help if you can. Please share this with other.

Thank you.

J. Michael Strange

Photographing Fireworks

July 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

We always look forward to fantastic fireworks displays this time of the year. We "Ooh" and "Aww", but the spectacle is gone so quickly.  If you are planning to take pictures of fireworks, as I am, make sure you are prepared. You will need a camera, a wide angle lens, a tripod, and a remote shutter release. Set up the tripod and camera to face the display. Set the focus to ∞ (infinity) and turn off auto focus. I like to use a wide angle lens because the bursts will not always be in exactly the same spot, and getting some of the horizon in the picture can make it more interesting. I set my ISO to 200. I set my f-stop high to reduce ambient light and increase my depth of field. And I set my shutter speed for a couple of seconds. I like long light trails and multiple bursts in the same shot. In the photo below, I used a shutter speed of 4 seconds. You can play with your shutter speed to get the effect you like best. I have a remote shutter release for my camera, and that helps to minimize camera shake when tripping the shutter. Timing can be tricky, but if you are close enough to the staging area, you can hear the boom from the launch, and estimate how long it will be before the burst appears in the air. 

The 4th of July is not the only time to shoot fireworks. Locally, the baseball stadium has a fireworks display on Friday nights after their games. A local radio station sponsors a "Christmas in the Sky" display. And there are some major amusement parks that have regular fireworks displays.

Enjoy the fireworks and take some great pictures.

Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Women – Part I

January 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I found this to be an interesting resource.

Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Women – Part I


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