Mike has been photographing people since the mid nineties when his brother-in-law asked Mike to shoot his wedding. Though self-taught in terms of photography, Mike has a B.A. in Physics from The University of Chicago and a Masters of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary. He created and ran the business part-time starting in 1996, and transitioned successfully to full time in 2010. His favorite aspect of making photographs is getting people to see with fresh eyes, and especially to see the beauty inherent in every person. He lives with his wife, Amy (who does similar things with landscapes), and two teenage daughters in Worcester, Massachusetts. Watch Mike in action on his Dancers in the Parks project.
Sand in his camera gear
Sand in his swim trucks
Getting his picture taken
Getting his picture taken while removing sand from his swim trunks
Amber’s passion for photography began when she bought a Canon Rebel her freshman year in high school. She then had her own photography business for a few years, taking photos of family friends’ weddings and children. Amber currently attends Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH and is planning on graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. Though she would love to work with Mike forever, her ultimate career goal is to get a job with Nike or Apple.
Breakfast, any time of the day
Trying new foods
Test shot photos
Cortney’s first memory of interest in photography stems from her childhood when Grandpa had a polaroid and would show her the image slowly appearing moments after taking a picture. She was given a point and shoot in middle school, and in college, purchased her first 35mm SLR. She found a creative outlet in landscape and abstract photography, which continued when she transitioned to digital photography. What started as a hobby was encouraged when asked to photograph friends’ weddings and family portraits on occasion. She recently started working with Mike, and though he would like her to work full time, she shares her time as a personal trainer. She hails from the Midwest and holds a degree in Exercise Science from North Park University in Chicago. Cortney resides near the South Coast of Massachusetts with her husband, Chris (not pictured above), and their imaginary dog, Rufus (pictured above).
SciFi/Fantasy – the odd-er the better
Being by the ocean
Helping people achieve their goals
Finding beauty from different angles through the lens
The Wizard of Oz
Doing the dishes
Mis-behaving camera gear
Kim was hooked on photography when she purchased her first camera in middle school and taught herself the basics. As she continued to learn about photography she created her own small business called “Smiles For a Cause,” donating her profits to help a family friend’s son struggling with a brain disorder and purchase food for local Worcester food pantries. She graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 2013 and is currently majoring in Dance, and studying Biology as a freshman at Roger Williams University, in Bristol RI, with hopes of going to graduate school for physical therapy. When she isn’t in classes and dancing, she enjoys volunteering in the colleges against cancer club on campus and exploring Providence and Newport. To her, photography is all about capturing quick snapshots to keep a special moment from running away.
Dancing, especially HipHopCountry music
Helping out in the community
Watching Food Network
New York City
Color coordinating her closet
Ice Cream (shocking right?)
When she makes people smile!
When people don’t wash their hands
Alli got her start in photography in middle school, playing with her mom’s point and shoot camera. She quickly realized she loved being able to capture moments in time forever, and throughout years of learning (with still so much to learn each and every day) has been asked to photograph events and portraits for family and friends! She loves an adventure, and loves even more to be able to photograph every moment and seal the memories in time. Alli is currently studying Sports Management at Endicott College, with a minor in photography. When she isn’t taking pictures or in class Alli loves to hike, go to the beach, take a road trip, or find the next best sushi bar!
A punny pun
A full tank of gas
A medium iced caramel swirl, regular
Making Spotify playlists
Chocolate covered gummy bears
“Eat, Pray, Love”
Mandala coloring books
Moody iPhone chargers
Holding white balance targets
Writing autobiography blurbs
If you know my name, you already know too much about me
Pizza (any form of cheese on bread, really)