June 29th 2010 I recently had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Mike Ruiz, celebrity fashion photographer and one of my personal most favorite fashion photographers over the last few years. Mike has shot covers, editorial spreads, celebrity portraits and commercial ads for the largest magazines and companies in the world. You might have seen him on several cycles of Americas Next Top Model as photographer and judge. He was in town for the 2010 Pride events being held here a couple of weeks ago, and was chosen as the Grand Marshal for the event. I attended a fund raiser for New Mexico AIDS Services one evening in which Mike was offering to shoot photos of those who made donations to help find research for victims of AIDS as well as support for those living with the disease. I chatted with Mike a bit, showed him some of my work and just hung out and enjoyed the evening. He was a very friendly guy, and looks more like a model than a photographer. I made a donation and thought it would be more fun for me to shoot Mike instead of having my photo taken by him. He was up for it, gave me his camera and jumped on set. I snapped a few looks and a few days later received a couple of files from him large enough for high-quality print. I also saw that he used one of my shots for his Facebook profile picture- which really made my day! Here's the shot he used, and I just want to say thanks Mike for the opportunity! It was good fun and for a great cause.