The Parative Project is a clothing company based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Their mission is to fight human trafficking all over the world. They reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to create content for their social media outlets. You can follow the Parative Project on Instagram and shop their products here!
VSCO was the reason I started taking photographs nearly three years ago. The community shared a lot of photos that allowed me to see photography differently.
I was so excited when they asked my best friend, Evan Sheehan, and I to share some of our thoughts on collaborative creativity and what that looks like in our daily lives. You can listen to the short podcast piece below and see the full article on VSCO's website here.
All images by Kyle Michaels.
Select images from a project that I worked on with Away. They asked me to help photograph a new line of products in collaboration with the new Despicable Me movie.
Warby Parker is one of my favorite brands. I don't wear glasses, but the guys who started it have an awesome story. I started to be really invested in what the brand was doing after listening to their podcast feature on How It's Made.
I was fortunate enough to be able to help photograph their Summer 2017 Lookbook. Here are a few select images that I was able to capture!
Every year, Pitchfork has a huge music festival in Chicago. This year they asked if I'd be willing to photograph some iconic restaurants in my neighborhood, Logan Square. The project's purpose is to provide a city guide to tourists coming in from outside of the city and give visual for places to see and things to do. You can learn more about Pitchfork Music Festival here.
My friends at Moment asked me if I'd be willing to take some photographs using their products as well as write a piece on their blog. I shared some words of advice on taking better portraits. You can read it here!
Here are some of the images that I was able to produce for them, all shot on iPhone 7.
My background in photo has allowed me to experiment more and try new things, like videography. A couple of my friends contacted me asking if I'd be willing to film their wedding video in back in Ohio, even though I had little to no experience in real video work. It was a challenge and I learned a lot through the process, but have grown in so many ways from this project. I love the fact that I'm able to serve people in these ways and document a moment that they'll look back on for the rest of their lives. From the little details, to bigger and more important moments, here is a story that shows how two friends are now together in marriage for the rest of their lives.
Moving to a bigger city for photography has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. It's true that when you live in a place where there are a lot of things happening, the more opportunity you get to do things you've never done before.
I had been following a creative agency named ROSEWOOD, based in Los Angeles, for a long time. They have some of the most creative social media content for really large brands such as Apple, Interscope Records, J. Crew, etc. It was great to get an email from them asking if I'd be interested in photographing popular artist, AlunaGeorge, at the Lincoln Hall here in Chicago.
I had never attempted concert photography prior to this time. It was really challenging and I had to learn a lot on the fly, but that seems to be a reoccurring theme in my life. Overall it was a ton of fun and I'd definitely be up to doing it again if the chance ever comes. Here are a few shots that I was able to get from that night.
Le Coeur Watch Co. is a brand born here in the heart of Chicago. There are so many watch brands out there but I really do feel as if Le Coeur is doing it right. The clean, minimal, and neutral aesthetic of these watches make anyone's wrist look hella clean. Since Le Coeur is relatively new, they reached out to me and a few other photographers in the area to help create content. I didn't even have to think twice and I don't regret it. This was a lot of fun and I sport Le Coeur on my wrist every day.
Evan and I decided to collaborate on this shoot and do it together at select locations. We headed to the Milwaukee Art Museum and also did a studio portion. Some of my favorite photos I've ever taken by far.
Furious Spoon has to be the most hip ramen restaurant in town. They stay open late, play strictly hip hop beats, serve the most authetic ramen, and have a ridiculously creative bar selection. Idea Kitchen is a creative agency that works with restaurants in the city by managing their social media, branding, etc. Luckily they needed somebody to create content and we happened to get connected at the right time.
Here are a few select shots that I was able to capture for Furious Spoon.
Some select shots for Brown Bag Seafood Co. in Chicago, IL. Usually I don't go downtown, but this restaurant has great vibes and is such a prime lunch spot. Donna and Chrissy are awesome to work with and the staff always give a warm welcome. I'm stoked to continue doing social content with Brown Bag in the future.
I'm super thankful for all the opportunity shooting for local businesses lately. Staying super busy heading into this summer with a lot of work from companies that have reached out to me has been great too. This recent shoot with Tweak Footwear was too much fun. Tweak is a lifestyle footwear brand based out of Los Angeles. They collaborate with artists to create inspirational footwear, continually meeting the needs of both old and new customers.
Here is the summer lookbook for their newest release: The Abbey Slip-On
I've been working closely with the creative team over at Fusian and have been loving every second of it. Nothing is more enjoyable than collaborating with people that see eye to eye with you on projects. Here is a look at some of the social content that I was able to help produce for the next month or so.
I was also able to help out with a couple of campaigns that Fusian is launching soon. I don't want to give away too many details, but here are some shots from my camera that I was able to snag for that as well!
I'm really looking forward to working with Fusian long-term. They encourage individual creativity better than any other client I've worked with, but at the same time give great guidance and direction in what they would like their finished product to look like. A big thanks to Trisha, Joe, David, Austin, and Alec for helping me out on this one.
Most of the work I have been doing has been local in Columbus, but I figured that I could try and collaborate with businesses in other cities. Article Menswear sells really awesome clothing down in Cincinnati. I reached out to the guys down there to see if they would be interested in collaboration. Anthony, the owner, was really open to working together and asked if I would be interested in photographing a release they were having for a new clothing line. I hadn't been to Cincinnati to explore the city since last year so I figured I might as well! Here are a few photos from the event.
Columbus is one of my favorite cities for multiple reasons. The local business scene is amazing, it's easy to get around, and creative people pop up from all over the place and share what they're best at. Everyone in this city is incredibly supportive of each other and I am so thankful to be a part of something this great.
Here to Disrupt is a culinary project that is aimed at showcasing local chefs. Every month they host a pop up brunch or dinner in varying locations, featuring different chefs and menu items. The amount of seats are limited and they continue to sell out of tickets. The environments are fun, relaxing, and a great way to connect to people that are heavily involved in the local Columbus scene. I cannot applaud Here to Disrupt enough for allowing people of all trades to express themselves creatively and bring them to the same table for a meal.
This weekend I had the opportunity to photograph their even hosted at The Wonder Jam, which is an incredible space. Jordan Miller, one of my closest friends, was the stylist for the event and absolutely killed it. You should check out her blog and see what amazing things she's doing right now. The lighting was really tough because of the time it took place, but I was challenged to tackle something that I have never done before. Here are some of the images I was able to grab from the weekend. I'm really stoked about the way they turned out.
A few weeks ago, I saw that a new restaurant was opening up in the Short North District of Columbus, Ohio. After peeking at the menu and seeing some shots of the interior from other users on Instagram, I knew for sure that I would want to work with them as a client. The owners, TJ and Christina, are super great and were really receptive to the creative vision I had set before them. I'm excited to be able to help out businesses that are new to the area while they're also able to help me expand my creative content portfolio.
Here are a few shots posted below, but you can see the rest of the collection here.
TJ and Christina were super excited about this collaboration and we are hoping to work together soon in the future. Follow Paulie Gee's on Instagram to see more of this work as they post it moving forward, and for more photos that I'm able to help them out with in the near future!
A big thanks to Will Lowry, Arlaina Moser, and Cambree Moser for helping out as models on this one.
Paulie Gee's Short North - 1196 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
A few months ago, I was asked to help with creative direction and to take photographs for a startup company called POINT. POINT is developing a mobile application that will socially connect people to all things service and charity in their given location. Madison, the owner, is one of the most inspiring and diligent people I have ever met and it has been an honor to work beside her during this strenuous process. After months of struggling with ideas, we finally thought of something that made shooting for social media a lot of fun.
The image above may not make a lot of sense initially. But the idea is to create minimal images that wold force the audience to read the description. For example, the image above would have a caption like, "Play an instrument for free at a nursing home." This shoot was a lot of fun and I'm excited to be moving forward with POINT in creating social media content. More information about their website can be found here. You can also follow us on Instagram to see how these images play out.
Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot, but you can find the rest here.
Lokal Cold Brew is based here in Columbus, Ohio. I contacted these guys to see if they would be interested in allowing me to help create social media content for them. Once again, the Columbus community has been so open and kind in supporting each other in creative endeavors. Because Lokal does not have a storefront, I asked my friend Jordan if I could use her space to shoot the product. I'm thankful for friends that are welcoming and supportive in this way as well. Jordan is running a blog that you can follow called Homeward. I highly recommend checking it out.
Here are a few of my favorite shots, but you can see the whole collection here.
You can learn more about Lokal over at their website. These guys are great and their product tastes great as well. There are a few shots that I'm still waiting to take, but I couldn't wait to share these with you all. Those will be posted to the collection within the next week or so.
Remember, every moment is worth capturing.
About a month ago I announced that I was searching for clients to work with in the Columbus area, specifically to produce social media content. Mission Coffee Co. has been one of my favorite coffee shops in Columbus over the past couple of years so I was excited to hear back from them. They were great to work with and I'm beyond excited with how some of the shots turned out. The photo below is one of my favorites that I was able to capture. All the images were shot with an iPhone 5s and you can find the full collection here.
I'm looking forward to working with Mission in the future. It was a blast helping them promote products that I truly believe are made with great quality.
The future is getting exciting and I'm beyond thankful that my talents have led me into a new area that I never thought I could experience. The support from you all means the world to me and I'm looking at a hopeful future in photography. Stay tuned for more coming soon!
Remember, every moment is worth capturing.