Virginia Portrait Photographer-Commercial and Editorial Portrait Photography


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Michael works as a commercial photographer, digital photography expert, and an academic photographer. Michael studies and writes about photography techniques in addition to running a busy commercial studio in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington DC. Technical skill and a sharp eye for creating artistic work are the bases of his studio’s success. When he isn’t shooting assignments, Michael enthusiastically edits technical books and articles on photography. He is the Tech Editor of UPDIG the Universal Photographic Digital Imaging Guidelines and the DAM book, Digital Asset Management for Photographers . Michael’s industrious nature and pioneering spirit has allowed him to achieve a place at the vanguard of professional photography.

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On this site you can see some of Michael’s all time favorite cameras. In the late 80’s Michael worked in a professional camera store in Vienna Virginia. He developed an extensive knowledge of camera equipment by diligently studying the manuals for every camera he sold. On the side, Michael operated a very lucrative used camera buy/sell/traded business. At one point Michael’s personal collection of cameras included 100s of cameras, but eventually his passion for making pictures became more important than collecting cameras.


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Photographer, Author, Researcher

Current Photography Projects Include: Annual Reports, Editorial Picture Stories, Restaurant Advertising.
Current Photography Technology Projects Include: Research and writing on Computational Imaging for, Windows 7 hardware testing.

Past and Present Photography Clients Include: Forbes Magazine, XM Satellite Radio, PBS, Allstate, Wachovia, Chase, USAA, Motor Books, Red Robin, Van Metre Homes, Beazer Homes, Stanly Martin Companies, Jack Morris Advertising, Vance, VT Griffin……
Photography Technical Editor

O’Rielly Media

Technical Editor- The Dam Book, The Dam Book 2.0
I worked closely with Author, Peter Krogh, to develop theories on Digital Asset Management and present them in two groundbreaking books. Peter writes in the book “Michael brought much needed clarity to this project.”

Universal Digital Imaging Guidelines(UPDIG)

Technical Editor / Information Architect
When asked to edit an early version of the UPDIG document, I realized the need for a “Quick Guide.” I then organized the now famous UPDIG Quick Guide which was later mass printed and distributed by ASMP. I also managed all the Information Architecture and development of UPDIG 2.0 website and PDF document design.


Shepherd College- Adjunct Faculty teaching Studio Lighting, Digital Imaging, Web Technologies and Imaging Careers since 1995
Digital Imaging Consultant to Photographers, Labs, Printers, & Designers, since 1997
Northern Virginia Community College-Advisory Committee Member, since 1995
Guest Lecturers Since 1992 -NVCC, Washington School for Photography,
Shepherd College & Montgomery College

Wrote a Bachelors in Photography curriculum and outlined 4 accompanying books: Digital Photo 101, Digital Photo 102, 103, and 104.


Chapter President
I served on the ASMP-DC Board of Directors for four years, including one as President and one as Co-President. Produced 10 Educational and Inspiration programs for professional photographers. Topics included: Photography Business, Digital Imaging and Marketing for photographers.


Work Experience

1993-1995 Associate of David Sharpe Studio- Catalog, Product, Fashion
Supported four photographers at a large and busy commercial studio. Worked on projects for catalogs, fashion, cars, jewelry, lifestyle, editorial, etc.
Maintained photographic equipment, e-6 film lab, and B&W darkroom.

1990-1993 Freelance Photographers Assistant (Washington, New York)
Worked with the best and brightest photographer I could find from around the country for ads and magazines such as:
Architectural Digest, USA today, Better Homes and Gardens, The Washington Post, GQ, Men’s Health, Business Week, National Geographic, Southern Living, Time, Food and Wine, Discover.

1989-1990 Hill Photographic Art, Production Manager
Managed production in high end portrait and wedding studio. Printed B&W and Color in a traditional darkroom, produced wedding albums and framed portraits.

1986-1989 Vienna Camera
Equipment and Supplies Sales, Nikon Advanced System Specialist, Sales person of the month 11 out of 12 months
1983-1988 Newspaper sports stringer, school year book photographer



NVCC Associates in Applied Science with major in Photography and specialization in Studio Photography (Started in 88 Applied for graduation in 97) Eliot Cohen and Mark Wolf were my favorite photography professors.

Seminars and Workshops
Regularly attend: Photoshop World, Photo Plus, and Mac World
Constantly watching tutorials on and Reading on
Owner of 200+ Phtogoraphy and Digital Imaging books.