President and Lead Photographer
I am a husband to Sarah, a dad to my cat Aioki and my dog Ruca, a friend to many where I live in South Florida, a world traveler, and an addict to wedding photography. People say I’m fun to be around, easy going and am secretly a hopeless romantic. My passion for wedding photography is based on the pure joy I see and feel for the bride and groom and for what a wedding symbolizes; life, love, commitment and happiness.
My photos are well known worldwide through magazines, galleries and online communities. In fact, my images have just generated my millionth view on Flickr, an online photography community, where I share industry secrets and tips with other photographers from around the world. In addition to being one of South Florida’s most up and coming wedding photography stars, I have gained success in many areas of photography. My automotive shots have been published in BMW Performance Magazine and Road & Track Magazine. I have also photographed celebrities such as David Guetta, FloRida, Duran Duran, Deadmau5, Pitbull, Will I Am, Sean Paul and many more. I am also well known in the edm festival scene as I was an official photographer for Ultra Music Festival.
Although my hands have been glued to the camera since I bought my first SLR over 10 years ago, I haven’t always made my living with the camera. I earned a Masters of Accounting degree from Florida Atlantic University and worked as a public accountant for Deloitte &Touche in New York City for 4 years. I learned many things while putting in my 80hours of work per week including how to successfully carry out business transactions in a professional manner and how to deliver top notch customer service. More importantly though, I learned that life is too short to not be chasing my dreams of becoming a professional photographer. I took a leap of faith and have been happy living my dream ever since.
I am very much a perfectionist and am always in search of the perfect shot. My positive attitude and persistence are two qualities that I attribute to my success. Moreover, I shoot every wedding as if it was my family getting married, and I am usually the first wedding vendor to show up on site and the last to leave. Over the years, I have learned that photographing weddings is more than simply documenting an event. Providing wedding day memories requires the technical savvy, intuition, and the ability to connect with people on an emotional level on their special day. I am committed to this philosophy and am dedicated to providing each customer with an equally awesome experience.
Random Facts About Michael
For those of you who would like to know a little bit more about my personality I am including this list of fun random facts about me.
1 – I have lived in three different countries including the USA (Miami and New York), Canada (Montreal) and France (Paris). Living around the world has taught me about many different cultures and allowed me to learn basic Spanish and French.
2 – I picked up skiing 5 years ago and have been addicted ever since. I find myself impatiently waiting for the cold winter months all summer long.
3 – My wife and I got SCUBA certified for our honeymoon and we have been diving ever since.
4 – I am a total foodie and I appreciate fancy food but one of my favorite places to eat is Chipotle. For those wondering I always order a chicken burrito with rice, black beans, veggies, mild salsa and cheese.
5 – I got my black German Shepherd dog from a Miami Dade Sergeant who breeds Shepherds for police duty. For those wondering, Ruca was rejected for police work because she was the cuddler of the litter. Just what I was looking for!
6 – Although I own several camera bags I almost always work out of my Tumi Alpha Sport Duffel.
7 – One of my hobbies is going to car shows. I have exhibited several show cars over the years and was proud to bring home the Hot Import Night’s “Hottest European Car” 2 years running.
8 – I still enjoy video games on my iPhone – it’s one of my guilty pleasures.
9 – I start every morning out playing barista and making a homemade espresso or cappuccino.
10 – I am a huge family man and make sure to spend time with my parents and sister weekly. We usually get together for a barbeque and everyone brings their dogs.
11 – Although I’m a PC guy through and through, I can’t live without my 2 favorite gadgets, my iPad and iPhone.
12 – I prefer wearing flip flops and would not wear shoes if I didn’t have to (don’t worry though, I promise to wear nice shoes to your wedding).