We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Casillas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Michael, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“O fear not in a world like this, And thou shalt know erelong,
Know how sublime a thing it is
To suffer and be strong.”

An ending stanza to the poem titled “The Light of Stars” by Longfellow. The ending line “Suffer and be strong” has great meaning to me. A reminder that whatever comes and is perceived to break me down, ruin my spirits, or take me to a dark place of struggle – beneath them all is a lesson, is a blessing and something I will move through and grow from. We are all human though and this is not to say that I never collapse under struggles, because I fail – as we all do. But when I take the time to pull back, I remind myself of these words and it keeps me moving. Keeps me humbled and grateful. Sends the message once again that I am moving toward a place of strength and beauty – even if I do not see it now.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What generates passion in me is the idea of being able to express, or attempt to express, what is internal. I arrived at this particular practice due to it – before professional photography I was a graphic designer and made composite art as a hobby during free time. The transition between the two was a bit smoother than it is for most I think, perhaps because I had a general grasp on the software and tools needed to elevate and refine your work in the world of photography. I never had any other goal other than trying my best to represent in some way my thoughts, feelings and ideas in a powerful way. I really believe if you maintain that as a primary focus, you will have a gravity that draws an audience.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hah. Well, in North Texas there’s not much “inspiration” compared to other regions of the country and world. If possible, I’d suggest a trip out to the deserts or canyons in Texas. Perhaps Big Bend National Park or any National Park for that matter. Otherwise, I would travel to some special places out in the countryside nearby. Oh, and we can’t forget some good coffee! All good trips must have it!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First and foremost, my family – my mother, my father, my brothers, sister in-law and beautiful nieces. Followed closely by some of my dearest friends – Victoria Nguyen, Savannah Copper, Drue Schnelle, Sarah Harrell, Obi Nzeribe, Kevin Fides, Sheridan Lemon, Finny John, Brandon Lu, Niah Rose, Ben Carl, and so many more. I love you all.

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Image Credits
Krystal Turner, Jonika Ringling, Sarah Harrell, Kira Conley, Skylar Eisenmann, and Mikayla Flava

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