Michael Warner
United States
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I'm a self-taught photographer and editor. I've been using photoshop for nearly 15 years and I'm passionate about editing and continuing to learn. 
I was an engineer by trade for 22 years. Mechanical and product design was my day to day life. This year my passion became reality and the Foot Woo studio has opened full time. Fine art portraiture and wedding photography are our specialties. My background in engineering design gave me my extreme attention to detail and also the desire to know the technical aspects of my photography. I love researching methods and equipment. 

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Our readers would love to get to know you more Michael. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

Breaking free from the cooperate structure of the engineering world was my dream. Through my art, I now live that dream. 

Michael, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

My passion is to continue to grow and learn as a photographer. My grandfather was a photographer. His children were shutterbugs. It's in my genes. 

Who is your inspiration in life Michael? How do you keep inspired?

There are so many phenomenal photographers to follow on social media. Their art drives me to learn and study new techniques. 

We all make mistakes Michael, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I shot the photography and did the design work for a local bands CD. I did this without a contract. That was live and learn gig. The band and producer were happy with the product. The lead singer thought she would get all the photos from the shoot edited for her. She was taking cellphone pictures of my monitor and posting to social media. Always have a contract. 

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?

My biggest stumble so far was collaborating to do CD cover for a band. It included all photography and design work. The band and producer were very happy with the results. I did it without a contract. That was a lesson learned. The lead singer was expecting all of her photos from the different shoots edited and given to her. She was also taking pictures of RAW files from my monitor with her phone and posting them. Contracts are a must. I know this now. 

Please tell us, Michael, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

The majority of the time I'm being strategic. As an engineer, I was a project manager. I try to treat my studio time the same way. I'm often balancing a wedding edit with modeling and senior portrait sessions. Time management is crucial. 

Michael, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
My wife is my second and she also handles a lot of the business end. Financials and marketing. We try daily to persuade each other to see things our own way.

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?
Early in I took on a very small wedding. It was a low paying gig. They were looking for anyone to just grab some shots. It was a self-unification with about a dozen people. We didn't know what we were getting into. We treated it like we treat any client or wedding. To date, it's still some of my favorite work that I've done. 

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?
My wife was modeling for a floating themed composite piece. We had everything planned out and the series of shots that we wanted. Unfortunately, she fell from the support and dislocated two fingers. We still got the shot. 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

Patience. Be yourself. Don't compare yourself to your local competition. Don't set prices off of your competition. Set your value and sell it. 

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
We are always looking for a fashion collaboration. 

Now for the best part Michael! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photo Credits:
Mike Warner @foot_woo


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