Michael Samaripa from http://innerlightcreations.com is a portrait, wedding, commercial and glamour photographer from Manor, Texas. He has been a client of ExposureManager’s since 2007. “My wife was looking for an online solution for me (she was designing my website back then) to help me sell my photos to my clients without having to buy into an expensive shopping cart solution, and to self-fulfill. Exposure Manager came up, we signed up, and haven’t looked back since!”
Michael has been involved with photography since he was a teen, “way back in the 1990’s when we shot film.” “ It was a very expensive learning process – all that film I went through to learn the basics of f-stop, shutter speed, and ISO relationships!” Since 2004 Michael has made a living off of his work full time, “I LOVE to shoot athletes, dancers, people that know how to move and have extraordinary grace. A lot of my more dramatic photos are shot with some of the deaf Olympic athletes. I also enjoy photographing weddings, usually in the second shooter role as it allows me to shoot more candid photos, and support the primary photographer. “
Although Michael tends to shoot with his Canon 1D mark II he isn’t opposed to trying out different camera. “I went to Austin Community College’s Photographic Technology program, and they showed me many different camera types, including Mamiya, Contax, and Hasselblad, all of which I learned to use.
With the various shoots going on at Inner Light Creations, Michael looks towards EM to help him with all of his sales. “The ability to control your sales, and to see where your most popular sales are going through statistics and the fact I can just let the good folks at EM do all my printing, shipping, and payment processing is a huge bonus.” As far as his clients go, “ they like the ease of use, and it’s very straightforward to use. I’ve gotten lots of compliments on the quality of the prints, and the quick turnaround time as well!”
As far as photography tips goes Michael says don’t get caught up in the technical aspects of photography, “ we need to keep sight of the fact that photography is still an emotion generator. The photos we take record memories that will incur emotions in the viewer. Do not lose sight of that. Remember why you’re taking the photo is just as important as the technical aspect of the photo.”
To learn more about Michael and see some of his work check out his website, http://innerlightcreations.com or reach out to him via a chat on EM’s facebook site!