It’s All About Michael Donovan – famous photographer from New York

by Omario Harfouch & Anastasia Kirikova:


AAM: Hey, Michael …!Tell us a little bit more about yourself and how you got into photography

Michael: Hello! I moved to Chicago to do standup comedy. I brought 3 things with me: an ipod, camera and laptop. I’d take pictures while walking around and practicing my comedy routine. I blogged the photos and friends responded well so I eventually switched from comedy to photography!

AAM: How would you describe your work and style?

Michael: I think it is “Bad Ass Awesome” But I’ll let people come up with their own conclusions of the work.

AAM: Do you mainly use film or digital? Any preferences?

Michael: I almost always use digital because it has a lot of latitude and I can still treat it just like film. A lot of people ask me if I’m shooting film and I think that is a compliment to how I’ve stretched digital. I’m trying to do more film work, but I’m also trying to switch to video so I’m looking for ways to mix the two.

AAM: How is your attitude at work? And what do other people say about working with you?

Michael: I’m happy to work so I’m happy at work. I didn’t leave the comedy world to do something that wouldn’t be fun or to work with boring people. I am definitely serious about my product but I have a huge sense of humor and I like to play. I get a lot of compliments from the people I work with that i’m fun and easy to work with; and I get a TON of great feedback from the agencies almost right after the model leaves the shoot that she had a blast and THAT is a huge compliment to me

AAM: Is there any model in specific with which you would like to work with in future?

Michael: I tell everyone that my dream shoot would be Kate Moss with Lara Stone. But sometimes I think it would be just as fun to shoot a group like Daphne, Lindsey and Hailey all together.

But I’m not really stuck on one specific model.

AAM: Which has been your favourite photo shoot?

Michael: I couldn’t say! Usually the most recent is my favorite since it is the most fresh in my mind. I just returned from an editorial shooting Abby Brothers in the Cascade Mountains up in Washington State. It was a 2 day shoot and we camped out in the woods while it was raining. It was so nice to be out in the wilderness for a change.

AAM: Where do you get your inspiration from?

Michael: All over the place. I think it helps to have a comedy background because comedians look at every thing and analyze it. My mind is constantly coming up with new ideas every time I wake up. But sometimes it is just the model herself.

AAM: What do you think is more important, technique or vision?

Michael: Vision! I just saw an image online of a shot someone made where they copied something a friend originally shot. They copied the lighting, makeup, nail polish, pose… EVERYTHING. And it looked terrible. It lacked life. Vision is critical and is what separates leaders from followers.

AAM: What are your latest and upcoming projects?

Michael: I’m working with a lot of fine artists for collaborations. I’ve really sunk my teeth in to the art world and they have supported my fashion work so I am looking forward to some really awesome things that will be coming out in the next few months!

AAM: What are the two most important things in your life?

Michael: I’ll pick three: People, Books and My Mind

AAM: One thing you would like to change about your job?

Michael: I think everything that needs to change is already in the process of changing. It all just keeps getting better and more grand, you know? Most importantly, my mind, ideas and confidence are constantly changing and improving which totally effects my job in major ways.


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