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    MICHAEL MOWBRAY: PHOTOGRAPHER, TEACHIFIER, PHOTO EVANGELIST -- Since launching Beautiful Portraits by Michael in 2001, Michael Mowbray, M. Photog, has three times been named a medalist in the International PPA Photographer of the Year competition, and has garnered multiple “Best of Show”, Judge’s Choice, Elite Collection, Kodak Gallery, and Fuji Masterpiece awards for his wedding and portrait photography. You can see more of his photography at www.beautifulportraits.com. Michael is very involved in photography education. He teaches portrait photography at Madison College, and his new book The Speedlight Portrait will be released by Amherst Media in 2014.

Senior M8trix at SPI on Wednesday!


Catch my program as part of the Senior M8trix at the Senior Photographers International conference in Orlando this Wednesday and Thursday! On Wednesday I’ll be presenting my “8 Trix” — my 8 tips on how to immediately improve your senior portrait business. On Thursday, spend an hour with me and Texas photographer Landon Day as we give a hands-on presentation on how to use off camera flash outside in the midday sun.

Learn more and register at www.myspionline.com

Pre-order my upcoming book “Shoot to Thrill”

Shoot to Thril by Michael MowbrayThe book is going to press after the first of the year and will begin shipping May 13!  Here’s your chance to pre-order it and save big!

Here’s a synopsis of the book:

For decades, professional photographers have been using large, expensive studio lighting setups for their shoots. While powerful and effective, they have certain limitations. A new generation of photographers has embraced speedlights, battery powered flashes that can mount on your camera or be triggered remotely. After years of using studio lights, Michael Mowbray switched over to speedlights. He started gradually but soon realized he could shoot nearly everything with speedlights. Specializing in wedding and senior portraits, Mowbray found freedom and renewed creativity with these lights. As he states in the introduction, he no longer chases light, he creates it.While Mowbray’s main focus is the power and flexibility of speedlights, he also provides great tips for composition and location scouting. Also necessary is the ability to improvise on the spot if your planned location doesn’t work out, like his rained out plans for an outdoor bridal shoot. While creative use of speedlights gives a lot of control over the image created, there are some instances where digital postproduction adds something extra that really makes the photo pop. Mowbray gives a number of examples where editing helped make the final image exactly what he and the client were looking for.