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I'm teaching a head shot workshop!!!
Come one....come all! Well...not ALL.... but a bunch of ya!
Hope to see ya there

I'm off to a good sushi dinner and then off to Burning Man on Tuesday evening!
WOOHOO
See ya there burners!
The man burns in 6 days!!!!

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Michael Helms
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Comments Disabled... what a sigh of relief!!!!

It's been REALLY refreshing to NOT have trolls and flamers. Images like those in my gallery inevitably receive all sorts of negative commentary. Since I have disabled comments, the attention craving jerks really have not bothered me. The reason is, as I suspected all along... take away their public forum and they go back into their holes. Some people have complained that I can't take criticism. That is simply laughable. After 35 years in one of the most competitive markets in the world, I've heard just about everything. Yea - it's nice to hear "great shot", or "that's beautiful...nice lighting". But I don't really need pats on the back. And I no longer will tolerate comments like, "Your model needs to be taken out back and shot like the whore dog she is!" or "she's too fuckin skinny, she needs to eat something".
I could care less what people say about me personally but I will NOT tolerate flaming or trolling my models. THAT is why I disabled comments. Also, I simply don't have the time or desire to go through all the hundreds of comments I get to weed out the trolls, block them, and hide their comments. It's a waste of my time.
Let me be perfectly honest here... I have been on DA for 5 years. I am here for fun. Not only do I NOT make any money from DA, it COSTS me money. I am a business man, so time is money, so if you account for the amount of TIME I spend on here, it is even MORE of a loss. But - it's fun and I have made some good on line friends and a few personal friends.
I fear for this generation of loud mouthed, unsophisticated, undereducated, sophomoric juveniles who don't subscribe to decency and good manners. Not all of them, of course... but there is a significant percentage. I blame the internet for this unchecked bad behavior because there are no consequences for the things they say and do. But how will this spill over to their REAL lives and interactions with REAL people when they face situations that make them uncomfortable? It is, in my opinion, very damaging to personal growth to NOT have consequences to bad behavior. What will these flamers and trolls grow up to be? Probably politicians who post photos of their weiners on Twitter.
Anyway...THAT is the reason I no longer allow comments.

Current Residence: Shadow Hills, Ca
Favorite genre of music: Old Hippie crap
Favorite photographer: Helmut Newton - dead, Perry Gallagher - alive on DA
Favourite style of art: depends on my mood, or whether I've been drinkin
Operating System: Go Mac or go home
MP3 player of choice: 30 gig iPod
Shell of choice: I prefer Union 76
Wallpaper of choice: A nice textured rag
Skin of choice: hers
Favourite cartoon character: Wile E. Coyote
Personal Quote: ....the supernova of giving meets the black hole of need.."
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional
I could some help with some photo referances bear48.deviantart.com/journal/
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FanFavs Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Had to drop by and say hello to my man Mr. Helms!
Just returned after a 6 month break.

Hope your are doing well my friend^^

-Vark
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional Photographer
AH...welcome back! Hope all is well in your world!
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Dshark Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I haven't been on deviantArt in like 2 years, but I saw some photos that reminded me of you.  I don't miss what this place has become, but you were definitely one of the highlights.  Hope you're doing well Michael, I followed your advice and stuck to what I was doing.  Would you believe they are letting me teach digital photography at the university level now?
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Wow...congrats dude!! We'll deserved!
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Dshark Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Do you remember me?
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
LOL...sure
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maxlake2 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"Comments Disabled."
Smart man.  In your line of work, I'll bet you could write a book. . .
Great work, as always. :nod:
Happy New Year!
Cheers,
Richard
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yea - it was just taking up too much of my time.
Thanks so much. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours also!!

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maxlake2 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome!  I'll bet it was a colossal waste of time.
Best to you and yours in 2014!
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SofiatheHutt Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
It struck me out of nowhere but I really miss your pictures of Scar. Those were magic.  I'm glad you're rid of the trolls though.
There's love!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
Awwwww...thanks so much Sofia. I wish I could put my new pix of Scar up. I shot an amazing image of her this year at Burning Man. She's SOOOO incredible.
Hope you have a MARVELOUS 2014!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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llcentlous Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
I agree, I miss Scar
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
I got a text "I love you" from her just today! :)
She's SOOO wonderful. (see the above comment) 
She also just got back from Thailand, so I have to have lunch with her to hear stories!
Anyway - HAPPY NEW YEAR, Chantelle!
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llcentlous Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Tell her a fan says Hello!
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome family portrait!!!!
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Photographer
ha. Thanks Tom. HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours!
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hope your new life with the baby is an awesome one. Your wife has beauty unsurpassed. Your an awesome artist and photographer Michael. I have a new grandson living right across the street i believe we both will be having a blast teaching them how to view life!Patrick (Santa) 
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
WOW!!! A new grandson! Congrats!! 
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foureyes Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
I love Squi's pics :love: :heart:
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Awwwww. Thanks so much Bernie.He's a real treat.
 Although I don't comment often, I am a fan of your work. Keep it coming!
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Artist
F the trolls...write a Book...it would be a classic Demille would blush......or have you???
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Photographer
ha...not yet but working on it!
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional Artist
Good...Love ta read your story..."As you have Seen it"    so much Tale... :faint:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello :wave:
You have been featured in my weekly dA love for everyone! article.
Have a nice day :dalove:
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