Michael has been in advertising for over 20 years, directing other photographers for several properties on the Las Vegas Strip and beyond. His passion for photography was rekindled on a trip to London where he had more fun photographing people on the street than the various landmarks. Since then, he has slowly built a home studio and explored shooting both digitally and on film. He loves to develop his film, finding joy in the accidents that can occur. For digital shots, Michael is a master retoucher, whether cleaning up skin tones or compositing hundreds of layers to create virtual environments.
Due to the demands of clients over the years, Michael hasn’t settled on any one style. He enjoys coming up with a concept and letting the idea dictate the style. Black and white or colour, realistic or fantastic, fashion or street… his images are infused by whatever inspires him at the moment.
In addition to photography, Michael is also a novelist and a filmmaker, further proof he refuses to follow just one passion.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Michael. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I consider myself an artist, whether photographer, design, writing, etc. But math was my favorite subject in school.
Michael, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My passion is art. Any art. Photography is one that keeps nagging at me to keep pursuing. And it's easier than writing a novel.
Who is your inspiration in life Michael? How do you keep inspired?
Everything is the inspiration for me. A person's expression is waiting in line. The way the clouds collect or take on color at sunset. My kids. A random toy found on the sidewalk. I have trouble keeping the inspiration from taking over my life and creating something from it.
We all make mistakes Michael; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Doing TFP, I tend to let the models dictate what's going to be shot and then look through the photos and wish I'd been more assertive to get the shot I thought would look good.
Michael , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I try to remind everyone what the end goal is. If it's the image, let's get the image. Let's not get stuck in the details that aren't even going to affect the image.
Please tell us, Michael, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Unfortunately, photography has to take a backseat to regular-paying work, so my priorities with photography become not priorities.
Michael, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
Again, it's the end goal. Trying to take subjectivity out of it. I've done things my way and, making sure the client understood they hired me for my work, was able to get them to sign off on it without changes.
Michael, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My photographer friend, whose work I greatly admire, told me one of my images was "amazing." It wasn't an award or a client's kudos, but it meant a lot and inspired me to keep shooting.
Michael, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I recently shot behind-the-scenes photos on ortho litho film, which is ISO 10. I pushed it to 20, but only three came out. But one of them was pretty cool.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Shoot. Get a digital camera and play with every setting. Shoot film and learn how to develop. Make mistakes. And shoot.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I just want to make some cool images.
Now for the best part Michael! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Michael Dunn @rubbersquare