Michael Weschler started doing portraits of his friends at the age of 7 with a Kodak Instamatic camera. Since then, he went on to study Architecture and Fine Art Photography at Cal State University, eventually shooting for the New York Times for over a decade.
Known for capturing the detail, personality, and "decisive moment" that makes a photograph unforgettable, Michael is highly sought after to collaborate with many talented creative teams. His Portrait work includes notable celebrities: Deepak Chopra, Richard Gere, Liam Neeson, Donatella Versace, Liev Schreiber, Don Cheadle, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus to name a few. His Editorial work has run in magazines such as GQ, Vogue, Architectural Digest, Oprah, Allure, Newsweek, Men's Health, Dwell, Food & Wine and many more. He has worked collaboratively on many books and his pictures have been included in Photography textbooks, most notably, "Photography in Focus".
Michael's Portrait & Lifestyle work has also graced over 20 covers of magazines such as U.S. News & World Report. Recent Ad campaigns include Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Marriot, Bank of America, National Car Rental, etc. His personal work has been exhibited in art galleries and museums from LA to NY to Paris, and he is a former national board member of the ASMP- American Society of Media Photographers.
Recent photography awards include Communication Arts Photography Annual Winner, American Photography, 9 Honorable Mentions in The International Photography Awards and Archive's Top 200 Ad Photographers. He's received grants to teach Photography from The California Arts Commission, and is currently a mentor for the Young Photographers Alliance. Michael also works with the HeartGallery charity in New York City to improve the lives of foster children and alongside the Department of Homeless Services, received national media attention for his mentorship.
Michael has a studio in New York City, but travels frequently for shoots in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, and around the world. Since he believes "getting the shot" requires fitness & flexibility, Michael trains as a triathlete managing to get 8 triathlons under his belt, while also enjoying tennis, hiking and yoga.