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. In fact on my last visit there I chanced to meet Ray McManus of Sportsfile fame and he generously gifted me a wonderfully taken photo 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.