I love black and white photography and how it changes the feel of the picture. At age 12, I started taking black and white photographs with my dad’s ‘70s era Nikon. I’ve been hooked ever since. Though I shoot in both color and black and white these days, my camera never leaves my side.
I am easy to work with, and my clients agree:
“Fantastic photographer, easy to work with, great guy! Highly recommended.”
~Scott K., guitarist for the Red House Vandals blues band based in Silicon Valley
Above all, I want my subjects to have as much fun as I do when I am taking their photos. I come to all shoots ready to work, with a list of possible shot ideas based on what the model wants to accomplish.
I have been shooting professionally since 2004. My portfolio includes food photography for local restaurants, product photography, exterior and interior shots of local businesses, live performances at concerts, small venues, and sporting events. I’ve expanded my offering to include photojournalism, promotional photos for performing artists, and models.
I love shooting models – each person is different, and capturing emotion and energy in visual form is always a fun, exciting challenge. I strive to highlight the unique characteristics and personality of each person. I am currently seeking models who love experimenting and finding new ways to express themselves.
Why do I do this? I am capturing a moment in time – a feeling, a look, a memory. I used to spend hours looking at Ansel Adams photographs, enthralled by their beauty and studying how they were composed. I want to recreate that kind of beauty, whether it is a landscape, a promotional photo, or a split-second memory from a special day.
When I was around 9 years old, I did some runway modeling for Nordstrom. I had an irrational fear of girls at the time and quit because I didn’t want to walk down the runway with girls next to me.
Siawn, movement specialist – “Mike is a professional with great attention to detail. He comes to every session prepared and focused. Very easy to work with throughout the entire process, from conceptualization to final edits. Keep up the good work!”
Karin, promo model – “This guy has got an eye for photography. It’s always awkward to stand and pose for photos, but he made me laugh and caught some great smiles. He also pays a lot of attention to what’s in the background of each photo and how the lighting will turn out – it makes all the difference.”
Model #2911876 Megan Kitto – “They are amazing! Thank you so much! You did a beautiful job!”
Model #1980577 Lilith Grey – “Lovin this!”
ADULT., band – “Thank you that is a great photo!”
Uxia, chiropractor – “Mike was extremely pleasant to work with. He immediately was able to put me at ease, even though it was only my second or third shoot. Mike was able to direct me without creating too much demand, and was very personable the entire time. The photos he shot are to be used for a marketing campaign for my professional career, and I am very happy with the results of my session with Mike. I would definitely recommend him and look forward to working with him in the future.”
Winston, musician – “Cannot thank you enough for the great shots !!!!!”
Scott, musician – “A fantastic photo-artist.”