Mickey is a Portrait Photographer and retired Navy Chief Photographer (PHC) who lives in San Diego after 24 years of active service. He is currently traveling, shooting, and occasionally teaching for ACME Educational, Maine Media Workshops, West Palm Beach Photo Centre, and the Madeline Island School of the arts.
Mickey's big projects include his World War II Veteran's Portrait Series. On Veteran's Day 2019 he hung 86 24x30" prints in the Museum at the Photo Centre of Palm Beach Fl celebrating Veteran's Day. Google completed a 360 gallery view of the museum with the show featured. Mickey is currently exploring a book for the project and continues to collect images and stories of WWII Vets.
Beyond the Cut Portrait project. For the last 5 years, Mickey has captured Bikers in the studio and on location providing a genuine look into the personalities and human being behind the big bad biker image portrayed by the general media and LE community. He has presented this work in 3 print shows at Nelson Photo in San Diego, Ca as the featured photographer. The project was recently featured in the magazine Quick Throttle with a 4-page spread and online gallery.
Mickey continues to be the Area Director for the Help-Portrait San Diego. This project brings portraits to folks who usually can't afford to come into the studio. He and over a dozen photographers and helpers offer portraits to the community at Veterans Village of San Diego, a substance abuse treatment center getting Veterans off the streets and on to a healthier life.
His photography career started early in the basement darkroom of his parents' home in Racine, WI where his father instilled in him the love of the craft at a young age. In high school, he began his photography education through classes, yearbook, and the staff of the school newspaper.
Mickey served as a Naval Photographer on the USS Ranger, the USS Long Beach, and NAS Miramar. He was then selected to teach the Digital Multimedia Course at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) in Maryland. Here he co-wrote the advanced course, which continues today educating our nation DOD photographers. He retired from active service as the Leading Chief of Navy Combat Camera Group Pacific.