Please see my Q+A below, eg my “typical process for working with a new student“! 🙏
I began with Nature, Wildlife, Product + Event Photography before I became a Celebrity Photographer; but I've always been Moved by Music! 🎵 My WorkStory Portfolio reveals My Images, PLUS "BTS" of my Studio + Production work, foundations of the "Big Picture": creating Optimal Photography for ANY Situation. 📸
“Finessing fine-art photography of musicians, humanity, architecture, nature ~ a full range from meticulous details to grand patterns emerges ~ optimizing arrangements of form, perspective, color, light & technology to share timeless, quintessential images ~ this is perhaps my deepest passion. My life is guided by Higher Purpose ~ always endeavoring to create the greatest good for life in our universe. With each representation of subject & style, I seek to exalt the Spirit, conveying beauty, inspiration and self-realization. Music has been a constant current and frequent focus throughout this journey ~ as we are but waveforms, best served by harmony & congruence. I live to serve Truth, Justice, Emotional Power… to improve myself, and our world.”
— Michael Wisnieux.
Michael Wisnieux’s favorite subjects have been Musicians, since initiating his professional photography career at age 14. Via articulate expression & emotional connection, their charisma, insightful subject matter, and socio-political issues have motivated Michael’s work. By recording and presenting the world’s most inspiring communicators, manifesting moments of peak performance, Michael shares his love of beauty in sound and image, for others to embrace.
The inspiration for Michael Wisnieux’s photography was seeded by his advertising-industry father. Norbert collected, on cassette & camera, each detail of Michael’s life with loving attention and communication. His grammar-school graduation gift, a 35mm Canon AT-1, quickly enabled professional work; and after high-school graduation, Michael designed & built a sophisticated B&W darkroom, developing innovative analog photochemical techniques. He has worked in most formats: e.g. 35mm, Hasselblad, Fuji GX680, & view cameras to 11×14”; extending his style via Scitex, & Macintosh computers since their introduction.
The WISNIEUX ICONS series features large limited-edition prints, elegant color-enhanced digital remasters of his analog originals – some of the most influential figures in rock-and-roll. Michael’s photographic legacy includes covering the historically influential Chicago music scene of the 1980s and ‘90s, e.g. Stevie Ray Vaughan at the 1983 final ChicagoFest; David Bowie’s Sound+Vision tour with Adrian Belew; Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation tour; and Bjork with the Sugarcubes (all 1990). 40″ tall metallic prints of these legendary classics have been seen as February 2016’s Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk Featured Artist; at Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Gallery for the month of World Art Day April 2015; and at Michael’s own WIZNU Studio+Gallery in Downtown Los Angeles. Michael also served as Featured Artist #1 & Moderator for Sept. 2016’s “Fine Art – The Hive Gallery Photography Show.” They are available for sale at: SaatchiArt.com/wisnieux
Mr. Wisnieux also explores the ethereal and Divine, torn between material necessity and the compulsion to serve Higher Purpose. His Roman Catholic father Norbert decided at age 7 in 1934 to raise his only child named after Michael the Archangel, the “General of the Armies of God.” Michael’s angelic imagery balances the challenge of good and evil within ourselves and in All that we encounter. We see Dark & Light in his representations of the Divine Masculine & Feminine, Natural & Artificial – as his impulse struggles to “Do the Right Thing.”
An artist of multiple media, Michael has consistently combined his love for music, photography, and film – uniting diverse artists in unique, exciting, innovative, and well-regarded collaboration. Michael constantly researches topics from technology to social trends, and invests his time learning each new subject, listening for unique elements enabling expression and empowerment. He is a proud member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP.org), and offers the Wisnieux.com/MasterClass for photographers refining their skills to elevate their work.
Michael is a fantastic teacher. He is VERY comprehensive and will take a deep-dive on your desired topic of choice, just ask him. Likewise, his historical knowledge of photography is second to none. I always enjoy learning something new and unexpected when working with Michael. If you are interested in learning photography from the beginning or expanding your existing knowledge, Michael is your teacher.
Michael has taken some of the best pictures and videos of me and my bands over the years. He's one of best, both as a photographer and videographer. He also did a lot to further my career/hobby as a videographer by teaching me lighting, camera angles, depth of field tricks, etc.
First, we discuss the Student's Life, Interests, Influences and Goals. (See Below for Pricing Info.)
Without being intrusive, the more we know about the individual, the more we can nurture Art to be Personally Satisfying, Distinctive and Successful.
Each Lesson is customized to the Student's needs. Technical information can instuct equipment choices and optimized use, while Aesthetic guidance can maximimize the Artist's efficacy of Style and Message.
Each Assignment expands upon the Student's level of Skill and Awareness, providing comfortable situations, encouragement and constructive critique plus the excitement of Exploring What's NU!
$100 per hour
2-hour minimum in-person
10% Discount for 5+ Hours Paid In Advance
Standard Mileage < 10 mile from Ventura & Balboa, $2 /mile beyond.
I've always been inclined to be of service, inherited from my Blessed Mother! Even in kindergarten, I'd help less-fortunate children, eg. teaching how to tie their shoes! "Paying forward" one's gifts is how humanity evolves.
Listen carefully to Communication Style, with attention to Empathy. Success and Experience will not affect you as much as Attention to YOUR style and goals!
Are you ready to Commit to the Journey, no matter how Long it may take to reach Mastery?
If you only need a few quick tips to improve your understanding, that's OK also!
I always recommend Clarity of Communication, to avoid ANY disappointment for the Student AND the Teacher.