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Meet Inglewood Photographer: C. Michael Edwards, Sr.

Today we’d like to introduce you to C. Michael Edwards, Sr.

C. Michael, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been shooting since I got my first camera from my father (who is also a photographer) at the age of 14. I got into ALOT of trouble with my camera. And because of it, I had to be the photographer for every school event that I wasn’t involved in. So I started taking more classes in school, learning lighting, developing my own film, the difference between portraits, editorial, and fashion photography. I fell in love with it all and I’ve been shooting ever since. In 2003 I started shooting for Wheels Magazine (An Urban Automotive Magazine) which actually got me really seen and noticed. 2 years later I became the publishing editor for the same magazine and have been doing the same thing until this day. In between these past years, because of the contacts I’ve been shooting glamour, weddings, portraits, calendars and ad projects. So pretty much me in a nutshell.

Has it been a smooth road?
My main struggle is finding models who don’t flake. Models don’t see the bigger monetary picture in collaboration projects. Everyone want a few dollars upfront intend of making the big money on the back end.

Who, or what, deserves a lot of credit for where you are today?
Well for me there are two. First one is my father. He gave me my first camera which allowed me to experience what became my first love. The second is a gentleman by the name of Kevin Childs. He is the owner and publisher of Wheels Magazine. He started the magazine in 1998 after experiencing a grave injustice done by another magazine ( which I won’t name ) that was hosting a car show. he took a $38 camera and a dream of doing right by some unappreciated models. I began just doing some advertising graphics for the magazine after I graduated from Concorde Career college under a friend of mine I had grown up with. A few years later I took over his position as well as taking over the head of photography for the magazine. He allowed me to use my artistic eye for the female form. It not only got my name into the public eye, it also gave me the opportunity to showcase and practice what I love.

What kind of work do you look forward to most?
I love working on an artistic collaborative project. Mainly out the box, glamour, implied and artistic nude projects. Things that most people won’t do. I like working with everyday women. Women who thought they could and would never do anything close to what we are going to do. If I jump start a new career, fantastic. If not, at least they can cross being an artistic muse off their bucket list. LOL

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Not much. Maybe, get a studio sooner. Yeah, definitely get a studio sooner.

Pricing:

  • General pricing is $75 /hr (2-hour minimum) for head shots or portraits. Images are unlimited.
  • $125/hr (2-hour minimum) for events.
  • Weddings start at $600.00 for photos, DVD of digital copies of photos and a DVD slide show of photos only of the wedding and reception. Photo prints are a la carte priced.
  • Glamour / Boudoir shoots start at $150,00/hr (2-hour minimum) for shoot only (Unlimited number of frames shot) and up to 5 high resolution edited images per look, all put on a USB drive. Prints are printed A La Carte. Special edits (Fantasy, cartooned, etc) are also available.

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