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, 500px (read more)
In my 20s I worked as a digger / truck driver. I was a keen hobby photographer, but wasn't very good at it! The journey from there, to having clients around the world today was long - but very fulfilling. One day I realised I hated 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've made promotional fims for Pentax, Samsung, Olympus and Tamron. Been presented to the President of Romania and am in Petapixel's list of 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 feeling when you guys and girls get that 'Eureka' moment and suddenly 'Get It' for yourselves. It's truly rewarding and inspiring to know I had a part in that.
I’m the luckiest guy in the world to do what I do. I live on the South Coast of the UK in the New Forest, I ride my motorcycles everywhere, rain or shine and apparently, I'm a bit eccentric!
You can check out some of my photos in the galleries.
- 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