About Michael


A little about Michael

I live in South County Dub­lin and I set up my pho­to­graphy busi­ness in 1987 after spend­ing more than 10 years in the insur­ance industry. In search of more ful­fill­ment from my work I decided to fol­low my dream and become a pro­fes­sional pho­to­grapher. People thought it a bit of a drastic change at the time but I have encountered law­yers , engin­eers and many oth­ers with dif­fer­ent and var­ied careers who did like­wise. I was always an avid reader. People like Charles Handy [Age of Unreason, The Empty Rain­coat] and Mark McCor­mack [What they don’t teach you at Har­vard] and Seth Godin [Lynch­pin, Purple Cow] were a huge influ­ence and helped open my mind to the pos­sib­il­it­ies of fol­low­ing my pas­sion and quest for per­sonal ful­fill­ment in mak­ing this bold move too.

Pho­to­graphy held some kind of fas­cin­a­tion for me…it might have been all the slideshows I wit­nessed of the inter­na­tional travels of my Uncle Sean includ­ing a prized image of him with Charles De Gaulle in Paris…. any­way that led me to buy my first cam­era , a Fujica ST901, at Ber­m­ing­ham cam­eras. In fact my last pur­chase of a Nikon D3S to move me into the realms of video cap­ture was also at Ber­m­ing­ham cam­eras. On my last visit there I chanced to meet Ray McManus of Sports­file fame and he gen­er­ously gif­ted me a won­der­fully cap­tured image of the famed Henry Sheff­lin who hails from my home par­ish of Bal­ly­hale in Co Kilkenny.

I under­took a series of intens­ive courses oper­ated in the UK by the academy of the BIPP [Brit­ish Insti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­to­graphy] , the first of which was ‘Stu­dio Start’ with the highly acclaimed Denis Hylander FBIPP & War­ren Schaef­fer in Cheshire. After that I atten­ded other courses on Com­mer­cial Pho­to­graphy with John Rose in Lon­don and then with Ken Bray in South Woodford.

I achieved Licen­ti­ate status with the IRISH PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION in 1990 and won many awards for my work in the inter­ven­ing period.

I have done many sub­stan­tial com­mer­cial pro­jects for cre­at­ive agen­cies and a wide range of com­mer­cial cli­ents such as aer­ial pho­to­graphy of indus­trial sites along the East Coast for IDA Ire­land. I have done many wed­ding and por­traits for my per­sonal cli­ents also. If you feel that pho­to­graphy or video can help tell the story of your busi­ness or product/service I would wel­come you to use either the enquiry/quotation form or email form above to con­tact me.

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