my name is michael woodward. originally, i created this website to document
my struggle to discover my identity. i spent night after night putting
words to pictures and using those vignettes to try to piece together who
i was, what i wanted, where i was going.
that was years ago and things have changed. i am less concerned now with
where i am going, more concerned with my own happiness and sharing myself
with others as the opportunities arise.
one of the best ways i connect with people is through my love of photography.
i started taking pictures when my father gave me a kodak 110 camera when
i was about seven years old and though i took pictures through the years,
it wasn't until high school that i really began to take it seriously.
i bought my first real camera when i was a freshman in high school, a
canon AE-1 Program with a 50mm 1.4 lens, the same mount as my step-fathers
old AE-1, so i could use his zoom lenses. my father gave me $1000 for
graduation and i spent it all on a manual focus Canon T-90 with a 35-105mm
3.5 and a 300TL flash. my father thought i was stupid for spending the
entire sum on something so extravagant instead of investing it. i tried
to explain that it was an investment, in me. that purchase paid for itself
in the countless weddings and product photography jobs i took over the
next several years. ultimately, i sold all my Canon equipment and bought
a Nikon N90s with a SB26 flash, 24mm wide angle and 35-135mm 3.5-4.5 zoom.
as much as i love my Nikon, i miss my T90. a while ago, my dad gave me
his old AE-1 and i did this
shoot with it.
these days, i shoot with a nikon d200
as the portraits shoots really benefit from the instant gratification
of seeing the pictures right away. i download the images on a laptop
as we are shooting to see if we are going in the right direction. i haven't
talked to anyone yet who didn't like a digital shoot more than a film
i decided back in high school that i would not become a professional photographer.
i had some friends who tried it but ended up managing the local ritz camera
one hour photo, making less than i would call a "good salary". in computers,
i found a career that would better fund what can quickly become an expensive
hobby. strangely enough, i did end up making it into a business, but primarily
to build a reputation as a serious photographer.
a few years ago, i asked people to come sit for me, to allow me to hone
my candid shooting skills and have some fun in the process. i started
my business, michael woodward
photography in 1999.
you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org