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About Mike the photographer

As a teenager, Mike owned a 110 format camera that just could not give the desired results. Mike picked up a film SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera when he was 18, and began what has been a lifelong passion for capturing indelible moments.

Mike's primary passions were in capturing wildlife and landscape imagery, however over the last decade has honed his skills in capturing motion in sports and action photography. During that time, Mike purchased his first DSLR (digital) and began to capture weddings, events and portraiture imagery.

Mike is a confessed wanderer, travelling to the far north and south and across the globe to experience the world and people, to see amazing things, and maybe, just maybe capture a few amazing images of the wonders he is fortunate to see.

Mike is also often found teaching different subject matter in different parts of the world. Since 2001, he has gained qualifications as a highschool science teacher (currently working at a behavioural unit), while also holding qualifications as a .22 calibre rifle coach (CMP USA), Canoe Instructor and Ski Instructor. Mike has also worked as an outdoor experiential educator relating to the pursuits of bushwalking, camping, abseiling and climbing. Whether out in the wild or in the studio, many of these skills are utilised.

Mike enjoys the challenge of creating solutions to meet the requirements of the shoot. That may occur by having to build or modify lighting systems, or designing product sets to capture better angles.

Mike is committed to giving the best service he can at affordable rates. He will handle your questions with enthusiasm and professionalism, and will strive to ensure that all your requirements are captured to a professional standard.


"I believe that the relationship with the subject is the most important aspect in photography,
whether it is with people, wildlife or inanimate objects; how I approach it, understand it,
how I view the character, it all makes a difference in the final closing of the shutter."

Mike Frakes