Mike is unabashedly charming and genuine, exuding a sort of warmth that has earned him the nickname “UK’s Friendliest Photo Expert,” and many a photographer’s respect. No matter the topic, no matter how complex or simple, exciting or mundane, Mike brings it to life.
DL Cade, Editor In Chief 500px (read more)
In my 20s I worked as a digger / truck driver and was a keen hobby photographer, but I wasn't very good at it back then! The journey from there, to having clients worldwide and 250,000 followers on Youtube was long - but very fulfilling.
One day I realised I had become bored with my job, but didn't know what I wanted to do. So I packed it in, sold everything and went travelling. A year later a life changing conversation in Africa lead me to return to the UK to re-train and become a photographer. I haven't looked back.
I wrote my first invoice in December 1993 and since then have photographed commercial properties, hotels, food, products, PR, travel - and hundreds of weddings (which are such fun).
I shoot for individuals and small businesses to world class organisations such as Jet Aviation who build luxury private jets and the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. I've made promotional fims for Pentax, Samsung, Olympus and Tamron, been presented to the President of Romania following a project about homeless people, and am in Petapixel's Top Ten Best Photography Trainers.
I'm privileged to spend my time sharing my knowledge and helping photographers achieve their goals, dreams and ambitions. I love the buzz I get when you guys and girls have a 'Eureka' moment and suddenly 'Get It' for yourselves. It's truly rewarding and inspiring to know I played a part.
I’m the luckiest guy in the world to do what I do. I live in the New Forest on the South Coast of the UK, ride motorcycles everywhere rain or shine and apparently, am a bit eccentric!
Thanks for coming to check me out. If you'd like to find out more, please check out the video below or some of my photos on the galleries page.
- Awards from Fuji, Kodak, MPA and others
- Photography writer DSLR User magazine Professional Photographer Magazine, Photography Monthly Magazine, Professional Photographer Magazine, Photo 360...
- Exhibitions at Master Photographers Association, Royal Photographic Society, Romanian Embassy (London)
- City & Guilds teaching qualification