Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Pizzoli.
Michael, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been shooting since I was a kid. In Junior High, I took my first photography class, shot for the yearbook, worked in the darkroom, and I’ve pretty much been doing it ever since. Looking back I realize I was fortunate to learn on film but I was also a computer nerd (my father worked in the industry), so once everything turned digital I had a real professional advantage, but I’ve always tried to be an artist first and I hope that comes across in my work.
When my brother moved to Europe years ago I was able to take advantage of that and travel quite a bit. After one of my trips shooting abroad, a friend liked the shots and asked me to shoot his clothing line. That shoot went well and everything kind of snowballed from there. Since then I’ve been lucky to work on some cool projects with some really great artists who make all the difference. In any artistic endeavor, you need a good crew. People like Loreina Corwin, owner of Leo Luv Apparel, and her team have been especially supportive. Their faith in my work has been incredible and opened a lot of doors. I love what I’m working on these days, but I’m always trying to improve my craft, take on ambitious projects, and explore new avenues.
Has it been a smooth road?
Well no. Is there such a thing? I’ve had some family tragedies and I think most artistic careers feel like uphill battles, which isn’t easy. Every artist constantly questions their work. But that’s what teaches us, makes us stronger, and hopefully the payoff is worth it, right? I always say “I somehow make a new mistake on every shoot, so I learn every time”.
Have you ever felt like giving up?
I’ve never considered “quitting” photography per se. I started shooting in the first place because I love it. Though I think every artist has the occasional epiphany that reminds them, they actually love the process of their art, not just the rewards. It’s not simply about fiduciary success. I think sometimes that gets lost. And quite frankly, the process is often the best part. But sure, there are always tough moments and there undoubtedly will be more, but I’ve come to realize I wouldn’t be here without them.
What advice do you wish to give to those thinking about pursuing a path similar to yours?
“If you wish to be a writer, write” -Epictetus, one of my favorite Greek philosophers. It’s pretty simple. True 2000 years ago, true today. Shoot, shoot all you can. All the time. Take on projects that scare you, be unconventional, take risks. And lastly, learn. There are literally tens of thousands of educational videos online that can teach you everything. I’ve been doing this a long time and I make a new mistake everyday, you can never stop learning.
What are you looking forward to?
Mainly, I’m excited to keep the recent momentum going. I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of some great projects with really talented people. I’ve also been directing and shooting a number of video projects. I really feel I’ve found my style this year and I look forward to what’s to come.
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- $450 half-day
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Models: Hunter Smit, Jacklyn Hales, Elle Faulkner, Jamie Fraiche, Loreina Corwin, Cassandra Sienega, Fayrouze Naciri
Makeup: Sella Markarian
Hair & Styling: Tracy Godwin