I’m Mike, and this is my story.
I didn’t come from an artistic family. I come from a family of mostly blue-collar workers. In fact, I am the first one to go through college and earn a degree.
But growing up, I knew something was different about me. I had a huge imagination and creative side to me which, as a child, led to me constantly having a book glued to my hands or a pencil and paper writing stories of my own. I loved to write short stories and my elementary teachers always noticed a tremendous writing skill in me.
Fast-forward several years and here I am – the typical 20-year-old with the whole world in front of me and no clue what to do with myself. At age 21 I decided to move to beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and enroll in college to pursue what seemed like an obvious choice — journalism. To obtain my degree, I had to take a couple of photography courses.
That’s when I fell in love with the art of making photographs. I always had a strong appreciation for art. I realized that photography would allow me to combine my story-telling skills with making pieces of just that — art. I had finally found my direction, and I haven’t looked back since.
Whenever I click my shutter, I do so with the intent to make a piece of art. More than a piece of art — a compelling image that will tell a story. The power a picture can have is extraordinary. A photograph can invoke thought and emotion. An image is a frozen sliver of time that can tell a story for years to come. That’s pretty amazing; and it’s the reason why I think photography will always be relevant.
My skills in journalism are crucial in my work because they are applied every time I take a photo. It’s just a different form of communication.
I provide a wide array of photography services. I specialize in documentary-style wedding photography, commercial and editorial photography as well as real estate property photography. I also have a passion for music and enjoy photographing concerts and working with musicians to provide portraits and album covers.
I encourage you to take some time and look through my portfolio and blog to get a feel for my style and what I can offer. If you like what you see, I’d love to schedule a meeting with you!
“Mike did a spectacular job in capturing every little detail of our wedding. He was so ambitious and dedicated to get the perfect shot, even if it meant laying in the mud, gravel, sand, hiking over streams, climbing rocks or packing the bridal bouquet and shoes — all while still shooting amazing photographs! We are more than pleased with the results of his work and his talent says it all — “a picture is really worth a thousand words.” Thanks Mike for capturing the memories we’ll have in the photographs forever and for being a part of our special day.”
- Andrew & Lacey
“Thank you so very much for your hard work during and after our wedding. We never could have imagined photos like the ones you took. They are the best wedding photos we have ever seen. You are so talented, so easy to work with and extremely thorough! Your hard work shows. Many, many thanks!”
- Brian & Suzi
We looked at all the wedding pictures last night on your website and we are SO pleased with all of them, Mike. You did a fabulous job! We will be recommending you to everyone we know and will be using you in the future for our photo needs. We couldn’t have been more happy with how they all turned out. Everything we wanted in our wedding pictures came to pass and exceeded our expectations. Again, thank you so much!
- Jeremie & Katie
Working with you was so fun and so relaxing! You captured our day beautifully. I couldn’t have asked for more.
– Kevin & Janessa
Wow Mike!! You did it again! Even with a crew like us you make us look rockin! We greatly appreciate your amazing work. Thank you!
- The Angela Marie Project
You honestly saved the day for us. When our photographer backed out I thought we were screwed. In the end, your photos were everything we hoped for. So, thank you again. It has been great working with you.
– Nic & Megan
We LOVE the photos! You did a great freakin’ job! We couldn’t be more satisfied!
– Jubel & Rafa
Mike McCall – owner/photographer
Coeur d’Alene, ID