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) in Worcester, Massachusetts, and has two daughter’s in college at opposite ends of the country. 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
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
Ellie is a student at Worcester State University (Class of ’20) studying Education and English. Her future goal is to teach overseas in Thailand, Japan, or wherever the wind takes her. She would like to visit every continent in the world and have as many adventures as possible. Her favorite pictures are ones that evoke strong sentiment or are outlandish and creative. In her free time, Ellie enjoys horseback riding, playing soccer, and reading lots of books.
Playing the piano
Driving with all the windows open
Swimming in the ocean
Cable knit blankets
Movies with large explosions
When people litter
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
Nana is a graduating senior at Burncoat High school who will be attending college at Umass Boston this fall and majoring in health and exercise science. She loves to try new things and even though she has always been interested in photography, she doesn’t know much about it. But, she is having a fun time learning more about it. She is a student athlete who likes to be active and also to help others.
If you know my name, you already know too much about me
Pizza (any form of cheese on bread, really)
Ellie is a clueless, klutzy, middle child whose enthusiasm for exploration has landed her saving up for a trip to India so she can figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life (there are so many enchanting possibilities!). What Ellie loves most about photography is an honest photo. Although cameras can hide all ills, her favorite photos capture a raw truth or a new angle that packs a punch. Ellie has had no formal training with a camera but bought a Canon Rebel with some help from her family on her 15th birthday and has had a blast snapping pictures ever since!
A good debate
Heights – the ground is much too solid A book worth crying over
Listening to music on a foggy day
Dance-walking to my favorite reading nook nestled under the train tracks and above the highway
One sided stories