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“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” -Paul Caponigro, 1932

I'm a San Diego based artist and designer working in the fashion and art industries.

I started making photos in 2011 to document and share my paintings and sculptures online and in print. But I wound up falling in love with making pictures. To me, capturing the light that brings a subject to life is one of the most essential disciplines of good photography.

Battling the tension between making something great and something average is a fight that all creatives endure. Whether it be on canvas, or holding a camera, I believe you have to master the foundation of a discipline before you can create something significant on a consistent basis. Otherwise, you're just getting lucky now and then. So I spend as much time as I can studying - sometimes learning how others do things, and most of the time learning about myself.

All photos on this site are mine and all studio shoots were styled and directed by me. For inquiries, you can reach me at theshawnmichael@gmail.com