About & Bio

 

– Looking for a great portrait or headshot?

– Have you ever wanted to create a photograph that would capture the person you are — or that persona your imagination dreams of being?

– Would you like your very own travel photographer to accompany you on your next trip and chronicle and document your experience and memories?

– Looking for an established wedding or event photographer who will not break your budget while taking top-notch professional images?

No need to look any more for you have found the right photographer! 

Michael V. Messina is an award winning fine art photographer based out of Atascadero, CA who has studied photography with the San Francisco Academy of Art University where he developed a painterly and artistic style of photography that captures a range of creative themes and concepts inspired by the Renaissance, Baroque, and Pre-Raphaelite masters. In addition to being a published and internationally exhibited fine art photographer, he brings to his clients the opportunity to have photographs done in his studio, on-location (including underwater) or captured while on the adventure of a trip locally or abroad.  His imagery ranges from the basic headshot to beautiful and eloquent portraits, to the complex theme driven image shot in-studio or on-location that weaves together multiple images to tell a story. In addition to creating photographs, Michael is an educator who teaches college photography classes, offers digital photography and Photoshop classes for both group and one-on-one tutoring, conducts art mentorships for high school students, and teaches basic and advance level workshops on using the iPhone or Android mobile device as a digital camera capable of creating excellent photographs. Give Michael a call, text, or email today to book a photo session and create some wonderful photography together!

 

Photography Related Teaching & Workshop Experience:

Workshop Instructor — Digital photography basics, Photoshop, and Smartphone photography

ärt/Gallery & Studios, Atascadero, CA

January 2017 to present

 

Teen Art Mentorship

Santa Barbara Art Fund — Northern Santa Barbara County

Spring 2017 & 2018

 

Digital Camera, Photoshop & Smartphone Photography Instructor

Allan Hancock College

Santa Maria, CA

August 2015 to present

 

 

Art Gallery Exhibits,  Juried Awards & Photo Competitions:

Ann Foxworthy Gallery

Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria California

“Bill’s Board” Photography Exhibit

May 2018

 

An Creagán Visitor Centre

Creagán, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland “No Room for Urban Cowboys” Art Exhibit

March 2018

 

ärt/ Gallery

Atascadero, CA

“It’s About Time” Art Exhibit

March 2018

 

Blakeslee and Blakeslee

San Luis Obispo, CA

“Celebrating Water for People and Wildlife Art Exhibit”

February 2018

 

Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara Gallery

Santa Barbara, CA

“EXPOSED!” Juried Photography Exhibit

January 2018

 

Studios on the Park

Paso Robles, CA

“Veterans’ Voices” Art Exhibit

January 2018

 

ärt/ Gallery

Atascadero, CA

“From Reality to Art: Smartphone Photography” Exhibit

September 2017

 

Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara Gallery

Santa Barbara, CA

“EXPOSED!” Juried Photography Exhibit

February 2017

 

ärt/ Gallery

Atascadero, CA

“Beneath the Surface” Photography Exhibit

January 2017

 

Art Central Gallery

San Luis Obispo, CA

“Visual Tales” Photography Exhibit

August 2016

 

Light, Space, & Time Online Art Gallery

International 5th Annual “Figurative” Art Competition

Awarded “Special Merit” in the Overall Competition category & “Special Recognition” in the Photography & Digital category

Juried International Exhibition Competition

July 2015

 

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

San Luis Obispo, CA

“Reflections” Photography Exhibit

Juried Art Competition and Exhibit

December 2014

 

Strand Gallery

London, England

“Temptation” Art Exhibit

October 2014

 

Strand Gallery

London, England

“Temptation” Art Exhibit

October 2013

 

C Art Gallery

Los Alamos, CA

iPhoneography Photography Exhibit

Juried Photo Competition and Exhibit

June 2013

 

1lb Art Gallery

Winchester, Virginia

Juried Photography Exhibition

September 2013

 

Light, Space, & Time Online Art Gallery

3rd Annual “Figurative” Art Competition

Awarded 1st Place in the Photography Category/2nd Place for the Overall Competition

Juried International Exhibition Competition

June 2013

 

Olive Tree Fine Art Gallery

Atascadero, CA

“H2O – Two”

Underwater Fine Art Photography Exhibition

May 2013

 

Peoria Art Guild Gallery

Peoria, Illinois

Figurative Art Exhibition

March 2012

 

Olive Tree Fine Art Gallery

Atascadero, CA

“H2O – Just Add Water” Show

Underwater Fine Art Photography Exhibit

June 2012

 

Olive Tree Fine Art Gallery

Atascadero, CA

“Reciprocity” Photography Exhibit

October 2012

 

Olive Tree Fine Art Gallery

Atascadero, CA

Figurative Photography Exhibit

July 2012

 

Betteravia Gallery

Santa Maria, CA

“Intersection: Between People and Spaces”

April 2011

Published Photography:

WICKED Women Magazine

Special Pet Issue

– January 2016

 

Model Society Magazine

Issue #1

– July 2015

 

First Form Magazine

– July 2014

 

BabaLou’s Beauty Magazine

– January 2014