Mike brings an interesting background to his photography. A fine arts major at Holy Cross College, he expected to pursue a career in something creative, very likely making pictures. But before he settled in here, he did a few other things first.
Right after college Mike moved to Sante Fe to teach at a Native American school where he was introduced to beauty of the Southwest and its very rich art world. A year later he returned home and joined the exciting and non-stop environment of the Presidential campaign for Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NB).
He stuck around in Boston to settle into a creative field--advertising--but sat on the account and strategy side. Mike spent 12 years working at agencies big and small working with clients like Reebok, Titleist, Foot-Joy, McDonald's, Red Hook Brewery, and the Massachusetts State Lottery. In the agency world, Mike learned the importance of establishing a clear brand strategy and the value it brought to the creative execution. In the account chair, he prided himself on building strong client relationships and working with creatives.
Mike combined his life experiences, advertising skills and creativity to pursue his photography. He concentrates on portraits, events, architecture and commercial work but looks to work on assignments that offer opportunity and can provide impact. Depending upon clients' needs and goals, his style ranges from classic portraiture, to naturally-lit interiors, to loose documentary style political work.
“My 12 years on the account side of advertising have provided me with strong strategic, brand and creative skills that I bring to my photography. It allows me to bring a different way of thinking to my work but also I can handle the many business demands of an assignment. I pour myself into all of my assignments whether it is a portrait that requires one final frame, a tedious architectural shoot or a multi-day documentary job.
“There are so many things that go into getting a winning body of work but to me, it all starts with solid communication and collaboration with my clients; once those are established, all good things flow from there."