About the Photographer
Photo credit: Norm Leveille
Thanks for reading my story! My friends just call me Dr. Mike, since I had a long career in health care before retiring at the age of sixty in 2015. My field involved the human eye, so perhaps it is no surprise that I have a fascination with photography.
I learned old fashioned chemical photography in my early teen years, a natural consequence of having a photography teacher for a father. Being a total nerd, I was happy to spend hours in the darkroom as the yearbook photographer at a high school in the Portland, Oregon area.
In my early adulthood, I enjoyed scenic photography. Waterfalls were my specialty. I hiked into remote places with heavy camera gear and once again I found myself spending many hours in various darkrooms. I had a couple of travel articles published, but mostly my photos were for my own enjoyment.
At age 39, I found myself single and free to learn more about human sexuality. I met great people in Portland who were part of what I will loosely call the “sex positive” community. They helped me develop a healthy and non-judgmental attitude about sex. Some volunteered to pose for me and helped me develop my nude photography skills. During this time I became interested in the amazing variety of sexual fetishes and I continue to study this fascinating area of psychology and art.
My switch to digital photography arrived in 2002 when affordable digital cameras came close to the image quality of 35mm film. The digital equipment I have now provides image quality that far exceeds what I could achieve back in the days of film and chemicals. My inner nerd is happy! But even more important, digital photography gives me much greater freedom of artistic expression.
And let's not forget the fact that I don’t need a commercial photo lab for anything, so I have complete control over my client’s private images!
Beyond Boudoir Photo is my retirement business. You could call it a hobby-business, something I do not for money, but because I love photography and people. Although my fees are low, my standards are high, both technically and ethically. If I don't feel I'm the right photographer for your needs, I will tell you up front. If I promise to keep your personal images private, then that is exactly how it will be.
Besides making beautiful images, my goal is to help people feel better about themselves and celebrate their sexuality. Questions are welcome if you want to know more!