Welcome to J. Michael Strange - Photography Blog.


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

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


Dark Romance Collaboration Shoot

January 27, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

It was a great day. On the road before the crack of dawn, Suzy, Sharlene and I headed for Joplin. We made our way to the Prosperity School bed and breakfast, which was the location for out photo shoot. Rumored to be haunted, Suzy and Sharlene could feel a strange energy as soon as we arrived. I don't believe that ghosts can't exists, but I have never experienced them. Maybe I am just not sensitive enough.

I picked my location in the B&B, and set up my lights. I shot 13 models, and over 1200 picture. I am selecting and editing them now. Hopefully, I will have some of my images selected for publication.

I concentrated on the fashion photos for the cosmetic line, but did get to take some romance themed photos. I had a great boudoir session in one of the bedrooms, using both natural light, and mixing natural light with flash.

I made a lot of new friends, got to hang out with old friends, and took lots of photographs, which is what I love to do. What a great day.

I Love My JobI Love My JobThank you Benton Boyd for the BTS shot


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