Hello. My name is Michael Schmidt, and I am a professional photographer living in Vancouver- not far from Stanley Park.
I was born locally, have been a resident of the Lower Mainland for pretty much my entire life. I don’t know if there is
anywhere else I would rather live.
Photography has always been a passion of mine, and in one way or another I have always been taking photos. Like so many other professional photographers, my love of what I do sprang from just having fun with a camera. I remember the day that I decided to start doing this professionally. Actually, I remember the photo that made me decide. I was in Montana, way out in the country, and was lucky enough to get a great shot of the cutest little fox cub you’ve ever seen. The photo was gorgeous, and it was at that moment that I decided that I just loved this too much not to do it professionally- to at least some extent. From that point it took me about a week to go out and buy my first DSLR camera. That purchase was what you would call a game changer for me. My work, my creativity- it exploded.
A lot of photographers- professional or amateur- tend to stick with one subject matter. I’m kinda all over the place. I love going out locally and photographing wildlife. It always makes me chuckle to see the facial expression when I tell them I’m going to the Reifel Sanctuary to shoot birds for the day. I also do a lot of architectural photography, as well as urban landscape work and not-so-urban landscape shots.
I think if I had to choose, though, my favourite type of shooting would probably have to be long exposures. I spend a lot of time doing that, and I am constantly amazed at the results. Magical things begin to happen to a photo when the shutter of your camera stays open for more than 1/50th of a second. The world is a beautiful and amazing place, full of wondrous things. And when I look through my lens, they amaze me even more. And to be able to share what I see with people, well, that to me is also a very wonderful thing.