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A New Fort Lauderdale Photographer

Talented Photographer Michael Andrew Gives Us An Insight On His Up And Coming Career

by Nick Mangiapane

If you haven’t heard of Michael Andrew, chances are you will soon enough. He is an up and coming photographer in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Specializing in capturing the male form, his images will take your breath away. He really knows how to utilize lighting to feature each bodily detail of his models. I had a chance to catch up with Michael and he had plenty to say about what he is up to.

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, but have lived in Michigan, Maine, Vermont, Alabama, California, and Northern Florida

How long have you been doing photography?
I’ve been shooting for about six years. I started with landscape, nature, and cityscape photography, but moved onto shooting models now going on two years.

Have you gone to school for photography or did you learn it a different way?
I went to the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale for a year and a half to gain the main foundation of photography, but mainly I learned on my own just by going around with my camera seeing how the world looked through my lens and capturing it.

Do you have any photography mentors or role-models that have helped mold your style?
My biggest role-model is photographer Bruce Weber. The way he photographed the models, especially the male models, for Abercrombie & Fitch really captured the beauty and strength of the male body and I try to capture that in my style.
A mentor I had was photographer Andy Armano. I assisted him over a summer and he taught me a lot about working with models.

What are you currently doing to build up your portfolio as a photographer?
I’m working with models whose looks and styles will add to my portfolio. I’m shooting more agency represented models to help build their books but also network within the agencies with other models. I’m marketing my work and being featured on various respectable online blogs/magazines. I’ve also connected with clothing designers, such as Bone Wear Underwear South Africa and 2(x)ist Underwear and more to come, to send samples for my models to wear in the photographs.

What goes through your mind during a photo shoot?
That’s a very hard question because my mind is racing a mile a minute during a shoot. Everything from the technical aspect of lighting, locations, camera settings, angles, poses, to the styling aspect of fashion, hair, make-up, and accessories. Also, I make sure the model is comfortable and knows what I need from them to get the shot that we talked about ahead of time.

How do you interact with your models to get the shot you want?
I talk with my models and try to describe to them the vision of what I see in my head of the shoot with them. I sometimes show them images of what kind of style I’m looking for from them.

Where is your favorite location to shoot?
In nature is my favorite location. From the woods to the beach, shooting in nature adds so much to a photo from softness to strength to beauty to raw.

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you like to be doing?
Honestly, I’d like to own my own Coffee Bar & Lounge.

If you could choose any celebrity for a photo shoot, who would you choose and why?
Justin Timberlake. He is really sexy and talented and would bring so much personality to a shoot and photograph. Plus, he was one of my first real crushes I had as a teenager.

Favorite Travel Destination: Maine & California
Favorite Drink: Hurricane
Favorite Movie Genre: Action Adventure
Celebrity Doppelgänger: I’ve been told on numerous occasions I look like Vincent D’Onofrio, aka Detective Robert Goren, on Law & Order: Criminal Intent

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