David Lee Michaels, Photographer Blog
Just take the ****ing picture!
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 1:15PM

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, made headlines last week by loudly dropping expletives during a photography session with members of his family and veterans of the Battle of Britain.  The video is quite humorous, because you always expect the elder royals to be on their best behavior.  Many who have been on that side of the camera can also empathize with Prince Philip's frustration.  However, for those of us who make our livings behind the camera, his words aren't quite so funny.  "Just take the *@#!ing picture" may even elicit a gut reaction that makes us want to throw down the camera and punch the Prince in his royal throat.  After a deep breath or three, we ...

Santa Paws
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 2:16PM

It's time for Santa Paws ***(Please Share)***This year Santa Paws wants to SAVE a life-Meet Trooper Joe, who currently is in the care of the Roanoke Valley SPCA. He is a 5 year old Lab/Hound mix who suffers from severe, debilitating Hip Dysplasia. Joe needs hip replacement surgery. If not, his quality of life will diminish, and at some point his pain and suffering will have to be ended. Each hip replacement costs $4500 (a total of $9000), and will be performed at Virginia Tech. Joe has passed all the behavior testing to demonstrate he is an optimum candidate for the surgery and rehabilitation.Here is how you can help save the life of Trooper Joe-Go to our ...

2015
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 8:40AM

 2015! WOW...in less than 2 months, it will be 2015.  While you wrap your mind around that, now would be a good time to get your calender for 2015. The RVSPCA 2015 Pet Calender is now available and it is only $10.  A great purchase for you and great Christmas Gifts! We are extremely excited about the calender, because we had the honor of photographing all the pets you will see in the Calender. Pick up a copy today, and let us know what you think :) 

The Dog & Cat Days of Summer
Friday, July 25, 2014 10:00AM

 We are excited!  It is time again for our annual Dog & Cat Days of Summer event. Every Summer we set aside some time for our Limited Edition Pet Sessions to support the Roanoke Valley SPCA.We typically spend a Saturday photographing pets and collecting pet food for the RVSPCA Pets Eat Too program. This year we are changing it up!  Instead of a Saturday, we have expanded it to 3 days.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday (8/7-8/9/2014). Also, instead of food, there is a $49 session fee to benefit the Sara Jane & Mickey Second Chance Fund at the RVSPCA.  This fund provides for medical procedures outside the scope of the RVSPCA that will greatly enhance ...

I wish I had...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:53PM

Wednesday, we got a call from a family member letting us know their dog of 14 years had just passed away.  In the conversation, it was mentioned that "I wish I had taken the time to get a nice portrait done". So many times we think, I can do that later.  Sometimes later never comes.  We never know just how much time we or something so close and special to us have.  Portraits are meant to last a lifetime, to see and preserve that space in time forever.  Yes, forever.  Portraits are stand the test of time, and show future generations who we were.I would encourage you to never be in the position of, I wish I had.  Celebrate those and what you love with a ...