Photography Services
by michael spotts

— Located in Central Phoenix —

Contact: photography@michaelspotts.com || (760) 277-3875

 

What I provide

Now that I am a full-time pastor, I have limited availability for travel and weekend shoots. If our schedules align, however, I can provide high quality individual and family portraits, as well as select commercial imagery.

More information about:

  • Family & Child Portraits
  • Senior Portraits
  • Headshots & Commercial Photography

Note: While I'm not presently shooting weddings and romantic portraits, you may still view my wedding and romantic portfolios.


Meet the Photographer

Since 2003, I have provided professional photographic services to private and commercial clients. My work has taken me to more than thirty States and many countries. My formula for success is simple: you can't Photoshop good service. See the testimonials below.

 

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nashville Board of Tourism; In-N-Out Burger; Westminster Seminary California; Michael Horton for White Horse Inn; Southwest Medical.
  • Portraits in Ireland; journalism in Russia; lifestyle in Australia; weddings in the Caribbean. 

 

PURCHASE FINE ART PRINTS.


Testimonials

We can think of no one we’d rather have do our photography.
— Joshua & Kristin. Spokane, WA
Have we mentioned that we love the pictures?!? I like them more every time I see them, and all the people I work with have been very impressed with your work. Thanks so much!
— Nic & Laura. Lake Tahoe, CA
I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the photos came out. We could not have asked for a better photographer for our engagement and wedding pictures; Mike made us feel very comfortable in front of the lens and was completely professional throughout the shoots. During the wedding we did not even notice his presence yet he managed to capture the ceremony in such a way that people who weren’t at the wedding feel like they were there while looking through the photographs.
— Clay & Jannelle. Dundalk, Ireland
Yay! There will definitely be rejoicing! We’re thrilled that you photographed the wedding and can’t thank you enough. You and your assistant are lovely people.
— Wes & Abby. Appleton, WI
I’ll start by again saying thank you for shooting our wedding. Despite our planning and last minute dramas, you were able to keep calm, find the shots, and make everyone around you really enjoy your presence—that’s a rare combination. We have no doubt that you are going to go far in life and we’re glad that we were able to meet you. Thank you!
— Jeff. Seattle, WA
We LOVE the photos! I have definitely been singing your praises. In addition to your amazing photography skills, I really appreciate your low-key vibe and the way you put people to ease. It really helps us to relax and allow you to capture our true selves. We hope to keep in touch and look forward to more of your fabulous photo sessions! Thank you so much for doing such a great job, and for making it fun and painless for us. You are the best!! Thanks, again!
— Alan & Linda. Orange County, CA

Portraiture

Packages start at $299 and include:

  • 1 hour of shooting.
  • Multiple outfits.
  • Online proofing & printing.
  • Rights to the final images; download link.
  • Social options for sharing.

I can provide prints and design albums upon request.
Additional cost apply.

Commercial

Compelling images can make the difference in communicating your ideas and values successfully. Since 2002, I've produced content for scores of clients, including the Nashville Board of Tourism, In-N-Out Burger, Westminster Seminary California, White Horse, Christian Renewal Magazine, LandCure, Catalina Island Company, and Klein Restoration.

I'm located conveniently in San Diego, CA, and available for travel worldwide. My rates are competitive and flexible.

Contact me for a free quote.

FAQ

What are your travel rates? Will you come to my state/country/planet?

A: Yes, I will go almost anywhere you like, even to the top of a remote mountain. For this reason travel rates vary, yet are exceptionally reasonable. To account for vehicle wear and fuel, just take the round-trip distance (say, 200 miles) and factor 25 mpg (in this case, about $35). Locations over four hours away may require airline tickets or a rental car. Please contact me for details.

Can you take photos at our home?

A: Yes. I enjoy working in and around people's homes, because it makes the photos that much more personal. Children are often more relaxed and loose at a place they are familiar with, which can make for better photos. 

How long is it before we get the finished photos?

A: It varies. For weddings, I mail the files within 30 days following the wedding date. Portraits are within two weeks. This includes time for post-processing, DVD creation, and web-gallery building. If you order and album, you will still receive your photos after thirty-one days, but the album usually takes an additional two weeks, plus shipping. So, it's pretty quick. Even better, consider that you'll come back from your honeymoon and right as things settle down the photos and album will come. Perfect.

OUR PHOTOGRAPHER BAILED! WE NEED SOMEONE ASAP! CAN YOU SAVE US?

A: It's possible! Call me for details.

What do you recommend we wear?

A: I advise clients to bring three to six outfits, some bright, some neutral. A mix of casual and more dressy. This allows us to coordinate clothing to the locations, lending to a "clothing catalog" look. For families and groups, try to coordinate colors. Solids with few patterns are best. Avoid logos and clashing patterns. Refrain from clothing exposes a ton of cleavage or otherwise distracts from your face. 

Do you include albums? How much are they?

A: It varies based on the design, materials, and binding. Between $100 and $300. This may sound expensive but it is very reasonable considering the standard of manufacturing—they are meant to last several lifetimes of frequent use. They come boxed and are available in a number of styles. Before your album is sent in for printing and binding, you receive a digital proof to approve or change.

Do you archive our photos in case we lose them?

A: Yes. I keep a copy of all of your photos in my archive for six months from the date, in case something happens. Contact me and I'll send another copy free of charge.
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DO YOU "EDIT" YOUR PHOTOS? WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?

A: Yes, editing is an essential part of the modern craft of photography. This process involves personally adjusting each image to bring out the best color, detail, and distinction possible. Editing can take up to 20 hours for a single wedding and, whether they realize it or not, the style of my editing is the basis for why most clients hire me. Custom editing creates images not achievable with film or by many other photographers for that matter. I take a great deal of pride in this art. Even monochrome photos are dealt with individually. So editing not only allows for cosmetic touch-ups, but also makes dramatic differences in the final image.

Are you very distracting during events and ceremonies?

A: Absolutely not. I am very, very aware of how annoying a photographer can be during a ceremony. I never go up beyond a certain, pre-defined point unless you ask me to, and I make a point to be discreet; I would expect the same for my own wedding.

Do you offer gift certificates?

A: Yes - Please contact me for details.