Mike got into photography when he was about 5 yrs old with a Fisher-Price 110 camera. From the Fisher-Price camera through all of his childhood memories, he was always the guy with a camera. He ended up turning the hobby into a business.
Mike grew up in Lawrenceville, hanging out with his friends and documenting the days with his camera. He went to Central Catholic High School, worked on the yearbook for 4 yrs, and was editor in chief for 2 of his 4 years there, taking photos throughout his schooling.
While in High School, Mike became uncle Mike to his first nephew, Brian, who would be the subject of many of his photographs and help to develop the initial idea of "kandid kids." Photographing his family and his nephew just being a kid really made Mike realize that the candid photograph is worth much more than a posed, set-up image.
At Edinboro University of PA, that same passion continued where he photographed for the interfraternity council, the Edinboro newspaper, the ice hockey team, and took more photos as memories of the time spent in college.
Mike spent 15 years in the sales field, working photography jobs on the weekends until 2015 when he transitioned to a full-time photographer. His first wedding job was in 2007 for neighborhood friends, and since then his business has grown to over 200 weddings. He has photographed weddings all over the greater Pittsburgh area, the Philidelphia area and into Ohio. He has also done destination weddings in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos.
Mike's philosophy is "capturing the moments you make." It was the initial slogan to the business - simply blend in and take the photograph naturally as it happens without making somebody awkwardly smile in your direction.
A common theme in his reviews online is "fun!" What he loves about photography is that you can freeze time - in one "milimoment" you can take a photo that is captured forever. In such a fast-paced world, a photograph is a refreshing way to remember the past.
Don't be afraid to ask Mike about a different type of photography too. If he's not comfortable with it he'll let you know. A family session, a corporate event, or maybe a new headshot for your LinkedIn profile are all well within his wheelhouse.
Personally, Mike lives in Coraopolis with his fiance and three kids. They have become his new favorite subject. He enjoys going to Penguin games with his Dad even after 29 seasons and still loves the fact that Mom cooks all the holiday dinners even though other people have offered. Family is important because you only get one. His message: "Take a camera with you and learn how to create some memories, or give me a call, and I'll bring mine."