MIKE KELLEY

https://www.mpkelley.com

I’m a photographer based in Los Angeles, California who specializes in photographing architecture; I also have a mild airplane obsession.

I grew up in Ipswich, Massachusetts: a small coastal town that’s one part postcard and one part overly dramatic Boston movie (complete with funny accents and all).  In this quirky part of New England I was lucky enough to meet a number of amazing teachers who opened my eyes to the world of art and design; this would alter the path of my life in more ways than I could ever imagine.

After studying studio art and environmental science at the University of Vermont,  I decided to venture to Lake Tahoe, California, in hopes of becoming a professional snowboarder (graduating during the most tense moments of the ’08 recession made this sound like a great idea). A couple of years and countless injuries later, I found myself taking up an offer to photograph a few homes for a client I’d met while recuperating. What started by chance turned out to be the perfect mix of technical challenge and creative outlet, and I was immediately hooked with photographing architecture. I decided right there and then that it absolutely must be my career.

Over the years I’ve been able to blend my interests in architecture and infrastructure together while working on some incredible projects: from hanging out of helicopters over Miami Beach to photographing homes in the wilds of Iceland, it’s been one heck of a ride.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

UMKC BLOCH SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

Nov 30 – Dec 2
3 Day Seminar
Limited to 24 people SOLD OUT
Cost: 1800

Spend three full days working in the architecturally stunning UMKC Bloch School of Management in Kansas City, MO (Architect: BNIM) with world class instructors Mike Kelley, Wayne Capili, and Scott Hargis.

DAY 1

After an opening orientation and discussion, students will spend the first day observing the instructors as they scout, develop, and execute photos of this spectacular building. With a low student-to-instructor ratio you’ll have access to every facet of the process, your questions will be answered fully, and every aspect of each instructors method will be shared.

DAY 2
The second day is yours to shoot — backed up by Mike, Scott & Wayne you’ll have full access to the campus, including the exteriors, so you can explore and find portfolio-worthy compositions and capture them perfectly.

DAY 3
On day three, you’ll be in the classroom working on post production skills, and participating in discussions about business, marketing, and any photo-related topic you nominate. Wayne, Scott and Mike are there to answer your questions with their individual opinions and experience.

GIRASOL PALM SPRINGS REAL ESTATE PHOTO WORKSHOP

Nov 16 - 1 Day Seminar SOLD OUT
Nov 17 - 1 Day Seminar SOLD OUT
Nov 18 - 1 Day Seminar  JUST ADDED!
Limited to 9 People Per Day
Cost: 1200

This one-day intensive workshop is designed to give you a rapid injection of technique and process for pushing your interiors photography to a new level. With only nine students and three instructors, you’ll be getting the individual attention you want from all three world-class instructors.

Our location is the classic mid-century modern “Girasol House” in beautiful Palm Springs California. We’ll have full access for interiors, exteriors, and twilight photography.

You’ll observe Mike, Wayne and Scott as they demonstrate technique, and you’ll be shooting your own photos under close guidance. We’ll have time for roundtable discussion on a variety of topics so you’ll get your questions answered. Be ready for an exhausting but exhilarating day!