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I'm teaching a head shot workshop!!!
Come one....come all! Well...not ALL.... but a bunch of ya!
www.MichaelHelms.com
October 4th and 5th
I'll be back from Japan, so there'll be some nice Japanese sweets to munch on while ya learn!
Hope to see ya there



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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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:iconjfahrlender:
jfahrlender Featured By Owner 21 hours ago
If you come to Houston and do a workshop, I'm good for lunch. I said the same thing to Ed Reed with the Ravens and he showed up....:)
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner 20 hours ago  Professional Photographer
well, the challenge is always having a place to shoot and getting enough participants to make the trip worth it. Although lunch sounds great! :)
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:iconjfahrlender:
jfahrlender Featured By Owner 14 hours ago
Well the deal stands. I'd love to have a chance to learn from you

John
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kokueisakana Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Congrats on the kid! He's precious ;D
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:iconpelicanh:
Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you. We sure love him!  :)
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35-Elissandro Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
I used an image of you that found on google
35-elissandro.deviantart.com/a…

If you don't like I delete after

Anyway I gave the credits
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35-Elissandro Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
I did the same with one of raphael francavilla plastic skin
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
this one might work  www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHW8zy…
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
a little story on burning man  www.facebook.com/
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Photographer
Such an amazing place. I SOOOO bummed I can't go this year. I'm going to Japan....happy about THAT but bummed about BM!
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Yolenn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Thanks for posting more photos still, Michael.. I hope you're well. I still check out your stuff here and there when you upload it.
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buggytj Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Hey, Michael... 
Been awhile since ol' bugg has been here. 
Just looked through some of your recent stuff.

Fantastic as always.

Congrats on Family. beautiful child.

Enjoy, my friend, enjoy...
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much! Just don't say anything about where I'm focusing or I'll ban ya!! LOL LOL LOL
NOT

Good to hear from ya!

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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
they grow up so fast!!!! it's a whole new word!!! great shot Michael
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
INDEED! You'd know, eh!
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TomKilbane Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
mine is still crawling!!!
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foureyes Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
LOVE Squi's pic at 1 MPH :love: :heart:
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Photographer
LOL....thanks so much Bernie. Hope all is well there.
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methodfordisaster Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
How the hell did you manage to move around in that suit? Courduroy is so stiff! :(
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Photographer
Lol.   Too long ago for me to remember! 
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wysinwyg Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Come on man! That suit ROCKED at the time. I can still see in my mind the Gar-animals and corduroy outfits my Mom put me on me in '73.
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
LOL...good stuff!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional
Thank you for adding me to your friends list

It was a nice surprise for me birthday
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Pelicanh Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
OH!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY then too!!!
Also - got a thing in the mail that says you are getting certified!!! YAY   Congratulations!!!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional
:D

now to get a job that pays
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