I was raised in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle,WA area) and have always been into art. In high school I had two art classes. One of my teachers was a photographer and photography has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My parents both took many photos of my brother and I and I started taking photos as a teenager with 35MM cameras and learned composition, drawing, and painting while in high school. When digital technology came about, my dad gave me my first digital camera and I have upgraded many times over the years. In 2003 I bought my first "nicer" point and shoot camera made by Hewlitt Packard (5MP) I was playing music and touring the US with friends in a band called 'Shades of Purlple' and found myself taking photos everywhere I went. As a Valentines Day gift, my wife had some of my photos printed as 8x10 enlargements and put into an album. I was inspired by how they came out and were presented in this fashion and decided to buy my first DSLR (Canon Digital Rebel) I started my photography business shortly after this (2005) and started submitting images to magazines and art galleries around the Seattle area. My first published photo was a Winter scene contest with Digital Camera Magazine in the UK. It was a photo of an Oak Tree on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, in Gladstone (taken while visiting the UP while on vacation with my wife, visiting her family. I was offered a few of my own photo exhibit (shows) in a few different coffee shops around town and got my first chance to shoot a cover for a NW magazine called "Quick Throttle Magazine" We shot at a Harley Davidson dealership with a former Miss Washington finalist Tara McCormick in 2011 My wife (Jacqueline Beach) was also into art and was becoming a tattoo artist in downtown Seattle, together we have been making submissions to tattoo magazines and we have been published in a few different periodicals, as well as helping out with the Seattle Tattoo Expo as a staff photographer and helping other tattoo artists out with photos of their studios and events as needed over the years. We decided to move to Escanaba to focus on our artwork and start a business titled; Black Iris Studio She grew up in Escanaba and most of her family is here. We have been here for 5 years now and we are really enjoying our adventures together. I have my own photo studio in downtown Escanaba and have clients in multiple areas of photography, from weddings, newborns and family photography, to commercial and product photography for a few local businesses. I still love taking wildlife photos and enjoy the many different types of landscape photography that can be found in the UP at all times of the year. Including the Northern Lights, Pictured Rocks shoreline, and The Ice Caves around the area. When people ask me what I photograph, I like to say that I enjoy "Everything from Pin-Up to Passports" I am a self taught photographer, and have always found pleasure in learning from textbooks and hands-on experience. Since living in Escanaba and being able to focus on my photography I continue to learn as I go, always expanding my knowledge and trying to come up with new techniques to get desired results through trial and error. In the last 5 years I have won several awards, including winning Grand Champion in professional color and black and white categories at the UP State Fair. In working with the fine folks at the William Bonifas Fine Art Center, I have entered many exhibits over the years, and recently won three purchase prizes in a photography exhibit contest, won a 'Media Award' in the 2014 Northern Exposure Exhibit and also was awarded an Honorable Mention for one of my photos during last years Membership Show.
Michael's ArtPrize Entries
These are Michael's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Michael's Past Work
These are images of past work that Michael has done.