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Art & Life with Michael Scott Blake

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Scott Blake.

Michael Scott, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My passion began with the fusion of the love of art and the desire to make other people feel good about themselves. When I was younger, I was brutally made fun of every day at school. I had no self-esteem. I had a desire to channel my artistic abilities into making others feel good about themselves. I believe we all come unique. We are all beautiful in our own ways.

My photography career began when I graduated college before high school. I used that as an excuse to talk my parents into purchasing my very first DSLR. I loved photography. I took my camera everywhere. I always wanted to find new stunning ways of capturing people. I loved playing with light and color.

As I got older, I took an opportunity to do a one-year mentorship. I worked for free and studied underneath some of the best photographers in Utah. I read numerous books, watched hundreds of YouTube tutorials, and practiced A LOT.

I have shot weddings, family pictures, senior photos, etc. Years went by until I discovered my true love of beauty, fashion and portrait photography. I have a passion for headshots. My niche was discovered when I decided to quit my sales job to become a full-time photographer at a talent agency. I LOVED working with actors, models, dancers, and athletes on a daily basis. So, I decided to become partner and start a new talent agency called MoDA Talent Management. Now I get to shoot talented individuals daily. I love helping people achieve their goals with acting, modeling, and dance through my stunning photographs.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create eye catching images of hard-working, talented individuals who have big ambitions. I love to create these images. I love working one-on-one with an individual, learn about their goals, and help capture amazing photographs that will help them in achieving their dreams. I love to help other people realize their worth and help to inspire and motivate them to never stop believing in themselves. The world is so quick to insult and criticize. I want my clients and those who see my work to be reminded of their dreams and to work hard knowing that all things are possible if you put in the effort. My artwork is a collaboration. I love synergy. I love meeting someone new, getting to know them, capturing them in a fun and exciting way to help them with their goals.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
Many things make being an artist difficult. I think a big challenge is getting people to understand how much time and effort goes into your artwork. Many don’t realize all the steps, time, and training you do to create the smallest image. Clients get demanding with wanting fast turnaround. Clients also try and talk you down in price and use another artist as a threat. No one goes to a gas station and demands a lower rate just because the one across the street is less expensive. So WHY do people think that’s ok to do to an artist? DRIVES ME CRAZY!

Another challenge is social media. Social media has many amazing purposes. However, it can develop unrealistic expectations. Many photographers will hire models, gowns, and make-up artists to build a strong portfolio. Then when a REAL client comes along. they see that work, they expect it to look the same. Fantasy vs Reality.

Pinterest! Haha. I think Pinterest is great at allowing people to showcase their work and for people to appreciate it… HOWEVER, I can’t stand when people use Pinterest as a way to duplicate rather than inspire. So many times, on photo shoots I have clients show me an exact photo from Pinterest that they want me to recreate. I tell them, they should contact that photographer and pay them for their time and work.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my work at:

Instagram @michaelscottslc

They can support me by giving me a follow!

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
MUA: Alyssa Harrah

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