For as long as I can remember, I have been creating images. As a kid, I spent countless hours drawing, painting, and sketching. I continued this all the way through college, where I majored in graphic design and illustration at The University of Kansas. From there I spent over a decade as a graphic designer in the advertising industry. In 2015 I left my advertising career to pursue wedding photography full time. While the medium with which I create my images has changed over the years, my passion for creating them has remained steady. I couldn’t think of a more meaningful and rewarding way to spend my time and talent than to preserve such an important day for so many wonderful couples. Although I travel quite a bit for weddings, most of the time you can find me at home in Saint Louis with my incredible wife and our three adorable boys. I’ve been fortunate enough to have my work featured in some of the most inspiring wedding publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings, Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Magnolia Rouge, Southern Weddings, and named photographer of the year at the Saint Louis Wedding Awards.
KIND WORDS - RACHEL & DANNY
"Not only does Mike take the most amazing photos, he creates a sense of calmness on your wedding day. Without a wedding planner, Mike provided a sense of direction for me and kept things in order. I cannot imagine our wedding day running as smooth and relaxed as it did if he was not there. He was such a blessing!"
KIND WORDS - MELISSA & CARSON
"We absolutely loved having Mike capture our wedding day, and will treasure the photos and heirloom album he crafted for years to come. When searching for a photographer, his work clearly stood out among the rest – and we knew we wanted to invest in someone both talented and easy to work with. We especially loved how comfortable he made us feel during our engagement and post-ceremony sessions, it was totally natural and that comes across in the photos. Even our guests were commenting on how flawlessly he worked behind-the-scenes to get every shot. Mike exceeded our expectations and was worth every penny!"
KIND WORDS - AMANDA & LUKE
"Mike’s professionalism, experience, and creativity definitely allowed us to be natural and comfortable while truly enjoying every minute of our photo session. The lighting and details of every photo are absolutely perfect – it was nearly impossible to choose our favorite shots for our album. We think the best complement you can pay a photographer is to recommend their work to your friends and family. We have already referred multiple engaged couples to Mike’s website and portfolio of work. Many of these individuals actually came to us wanting to know who we hired for our pictures because they were so impressed! The investment was well worth it, considering how happy we were with the overall experience and the photos we received that truly captured our wedding day. The personal touch that Mike brought to our wedding photography was our favorite aspect. He takes the time to make your photos personal, unique and artistic, and he has the skills and experience to capture the real emotions you, your family, and guests shared on your wedding day."
KIND WORDS - MAGGIE & ANDREW
"We had made the decision that we were not going to hire a videographer, so our photographer was going to be the sole person capturing every moment of our day. One might say the pressure was certainly on for our photographer, but once we met Mike we were confident that he could capture every moment of that day, and he definitely did! We felt so comfortable with him right off the bat, which is so important for any bride and groom. Every photo we looked at during our first meeting was a testament to his attention to detail. Our experience was unbelievable and we loved working with him! In fact, we hope he loved us jus as much because we plan on continuing to call him to take photos for us in the the future! Our photos are absolutely breathtaking! I honestly cannot put a price tag on the moments he captured. They mean so much to us and we truly cannot express how grateful we are."
KIND WORDS - HILLARY & CODY
"We absolutely loved working with Mike and would highly recommend him to anyone. We hope to use him in the future for family photos! My husband and I originally were not going to do engagement pictures. We had a photographer at our actual engagement so we thought we didn't want an engagement session. Mike encouraged us to do one because it allowed us to get to know him before the wedding so that he could get to know us better and knew what types of pictures we would like! Our engagement session was my favorite part of our time with Mike because we got to know him before the wedding, we got beautiful photos to use for our "save the dates" and we even had our dog in our pictures! Our engagement session was a blast and was a great way to "loosen up" in front of the camera! Mike is professional, talented, and hilarious! Being able to relax and know that Mike had everything taken care of. And seriously... when I say "everything" I mean it! I was blown away by his creativity!"
KIND WORDS - TAYLA & ANDY
"Mike is an incredibly talented photographer, and was wonderful to work with on our wedding day! I was a very detail oriented bride who had a specific vision for each aspect of our wedding, and Mike understood my perspective perfectly. He captured all of the key elements of the day, and the resulting photos were truly unique and stunning!"
KIND WORDS - KELLIE & RYAN
"We cannot begin to express how grateful we are to have such gorgeous photos to recount our wedding day. Of course, we only have Mike to thank for that! We know how tempting it is to save some money any chance you get when planning a wedding, but photography is NOT something that you want to sacrifice. After everything is said and done, all you have left is fleeting memories, and the photography to bring them back to life. Make it count! Mike’s work is worth every single penny and so much more. Honestly, we had our eyes on Mike’s work for a few years prior to the wedding. His quality, style, and skills are unmatched, and we knew that we wanted him from the beginning. What we didn’t know is that Mike would be sooo much fun to work with. He made us laugh so much and made every moment absolutely memorable. Everything just felt natural and easy, no awkward poses or cheesy smiles. It truly felt like he was one of our close friends that just so happens to be crazy talented with a camera. We had such a blast! "
KIND WORDS - REBECCA & MIKE
"When thinking about a photographer for our wedding day, we wanted someone who not only creates beautiful images, but someone who we would want to spend the entire day with. Mike's warm, kind and funny. It's his personality that makes you not only enjoy having him by your side on such a momentous day, but also allows you to relax and be yourself, which leads to the most meaningful and genuine photos. For a guy who doesn't love getting his picture taken, I was amazed that I didn't feel awkward during our wedding or engagement photo sessions. He makes you feel comfortable and makes it easy. The investment is well worth it when we look back and see the sheer volume of photos we received and adore. We booked Mike for our wedding day before booking a single other vendor. He is that good. Reserve his talent for yourself as soon as you can!"
KIND WORDS - LINDSEY & COLIN
"I literally don't know where to begin with this review because I have so many positive things to say. Mike's work speaks for itself, but as soon as we met him in person we knew we had to work with him. He has such a calming presence and knows how to capture every single moment perfectly. Our engagement shoot with him was an amazing preview as to what the wedding would be like - we had a blast shooting with him and our pictures made us look like models. On the wedding day, Mike captured everything flawlessly and the pictures came back perfect. If we did the wedding over again I'd choose to work with Mike every single time."
KIND WORDS - SYDNEY & MATT
"The second we met Mike, we knew he was the photographer for us! We loved that he wanted to get to know us before the Wedding day and had so much fun getting to know him! When we met, it was supposed to be a quick meet and greet but turned out to be a four hour afternoon happy hour! Mike did a fantastic job preparing for the day, he visited the location and scoped out the best times and spots for capturing our entire Wedding day. He also sent us the nicest note the day before our wedding, something none of our other vendors did and was so memorable. Mike really is more then just a photographer, he is an amazing guy who adds so much to your special occasion!"