Hi I’m Michael of Damagedi Photography, that’s my eye up there in the picture above. I’m in my forties and I have a family, I work two jobs but I also take photographs. I’ve been interested in photography since 1999. That’s like 15 years I’ve been doing this. I started out with 35mm film and moved along with everyone else into the digital era.
I’m not am not the guy you’d call to take photographs for you (I’d recommend you’d go to my wife as she is an excellent wedding /baby / event photographer). I am just not interested in photography that way. I don’t take photographs for money, but that doesn't mean I don’t have a professional attitude.
I’ve worked with a number of people from here on Model Mayhem. I have no qualms about you contacting them about their experiences working with me. I am always polite, respectful and accommodating at my shoots.
Photography for me is a creative outlet; I have my own ideas and my set of goals with each shoot. Sometimes my goals might sync with your goals but sometimes they won’t.
For example I have images of a number of different models trying different poses within a dry bath tub. These images might not be what everyone would want in their portfolio but it was the composition I was looking for.
Ideally I’m looking to work with people (male or female) within 1 hour of Ann Arbor, MI so that's as far out as Lansing, Flint, Waterford, Detroit, Windsor, Toledo, Adrian and Jackson.
For paperwork purposes (model release etc.) I’m looking to work with people 18 years or older (with ID).
More often than not I prefer to compensate the people I work with rather than work "time for prints" (TFP). I will give you preview copies of ALL the usable images from our shoot. Plus pay you for your time posing for me.
My goal for each shoot is to create an image that I’m truly proud of. I get a lot of joy and happiness when I create something that I like. I have exhibited some of my art at shows and even managed to sell (which really geeked me out a lot ;0) but mostly my images end up in obscurity on my blog Damagedi.com
(that nobody reads ;0)
I may not be the best photographer out there and I’m probably not going to make you famous but I do offer actual paid modeling gigs.
The only major drawback I have is that two jobs and a family take up a lot of my time. Finding time to shoot is one of my biggest challenges. Sometimes I shoot during the week sometimes it has to be the weekend. I normally post my shooting calendar
on my blog.
I usually book ahead of time with plenty of notice but on occasion I have short notice availability. That’s when I get an unexpected day off or cancellation.
My shoots usually last between 2-4 hours. I do have a studio with lights and backdrops etc that I share with my wife but I prefer to shoot out on location.
===Current projects (Summer 2014)===
Some of the projects I'm interested in (not all at once ;0)
implied nudity. - I just love implied nude poses.
working outside (Rain).
working with Plus sized models
working with Tall models 6' and over