When I first saw his photos, I was in awe! I was even more amazed when I saw his new time-lapse piece the Manhattan Project. Cameron Michael was born on May 21, 1987 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He was raised for the larger portion in our very own Estero, FL. His talent and drive led him to become a Professional Fashion and Commercial Photographer and an inspiration to many. I was given the opportunity to interview Cameron Michael about his journey of becoming a professional photographer.
What sparked your interest in photography?
I was the last generation of film, I remember at a very young age, around 6 or 7, not fully understanding how a strip of plastic could keep the image it did. Then, being as obsessed with space as I was I became obsessed with how they took the images of such amazing things.
What are some of your current projects?
Major motion time-lapse piece debuting on 6.6.12 – The rest are under wraps and I am not allowed to really talk about them
What has been your proudest moment as a photographer?Being internationally published, or every time someone says that my photography has inspired him or her. Inspiring people is what I care about most.
What is your favorite object to photograph?
Loaded question, I don’t really have a favorite. It’s like a type of music, where you love different genres for different reasons. What matters to me is if the subject at the moment is compelling and has depth.
Name a few things that inspire you and your photography:
- My family.
- The idea that a photographer spends his/her entire life documenting the
equivalent of only a handful of hours, but those moments are some of the
most important in their lives, To me, that is beautiful.
- Other than that, the idea of travel, I have been lucky enough to travel a lot
already in my life and I plan of traversing the world and photographing it.
- Finally, I would have to say science. The idea of the universe being so
grand has changed my perspective on life and the way I go about
photographing the world.
How did you get to where you are now?
Pure hard work, devotion, love, and realizing that I would give up everything I had, love life, social life, pretty much anything outside my photographic gear, to achieve my dream. It has its drawbacks, believe me, giving up the some of the things you love
the most to gain one is a morbid, and hard decision, but in the end I think it will all be worth it.
Any advice you would like to share with any aspiring photographers?
-Don’t copy the trends, all art is theft and that’s a given, but make your own
path. Do what makes YOU feel you have conveyed your own personality,
that is what will define you.
-Shoot digital like you would shoot film, don’t just rifle off 1000 shots and
hope 10 come out.
-Also, in a world of digital, everyone is a photographer. Don’t let it get you
down, but realize that the business is a VERY competitive one. You better
be ready for some serious hardships on the way to getting there.
Click Play to view the newly released Manhattan Project:
Anything else you would like to share?
Yes, is anyone hiring an Astro-Photographer?
You can view more of Cameron Michael’s Photography at the links below:
Here is photo Cameron took in the beautiful Southwest Florida: