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Meet Michael Danchi of Michael Danchi Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Danchi.

Michael – Violin Artist & Photographer: A violinist since the age of four, Michael trained at the world-renowned Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman he studied with virtuoso Charles Castleman, a brilliant musician and well-loved teacher. Michael has enjoyed a successful classical violin career, performing as a solo, chamber ensemble and orchestra musician, and teaching privately for 10 years.

Over decades of interest in filmmaking, Michael taught himself to use all kinds of cameras. When DSLRs became popular for indie film, he explored still photography on the side. Excited by new opportunities in front of his cameras, Michael created a photography business based on his rapidly growing sports, lifestyle and dance portfolios.

He relocated from the East Coast to Los Angeles in 2017, where he enjoys a wealth of collaborative opportunities performing, creating, shooting photos & films, and volunteering. He is also an amateur ballet dancer and slalom water skier.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
-Slow business growth (luxury services in non-luxury markets)
-Working where folks think photography is only for weddings and violin for church & funerals
-Few collaborators
-Hit-and-run to my car during shoot in Jersey City
-Closing a great private teaching studio to move to LA
-Lots of free shoots to build portfolios
-Fighting for quality over quantity
-Security and TSA/airline folks who think violins & cameras are terrorist weapons

Michael Danchi Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a sports and lifestyle photographer. My photo business took shape through very active involvement in towed water-sports in North Carolina and Virginia, where the lifestyle and community of lake life are as important as the athletics.

My style favors natural lighting, run-and-gun shooting, and anything necessary to capture images of people living their best life. I do whatever it takes, be that hanging upside down from rafters, or swimming in the path of a ski boat.

People are amazing, and if you work hard enough to truly be there with them, you see miracles every day. That’s the key – be part of the moment so you can see it properly. You can’t just observe, or you’ll never take great photos. That’s what Michael Danchi Photography is built on: Be, do, use, commit to, find, and share whatever it takes to really see people.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
-Violinist: I loved performing Brahms violin sonatas with two great pianist friends (who married each other).
-Filmmaker: I captured the very first time my good friends’ daughter got up on skis.
-Photographer: I got to take photos of my new nephew in September.

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Image Credit:
Jonathan Levin

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1 Comment

  1. Ted Lobeer

    January 18, 2021 at 06:24

    Great violinist. I’m sure you will enjoy working with Michael.

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