Michael Carriere is one of our Top 30 under 30 featured photographers.
Here’s a little bit more about him, what he does, and some of his best advice:
Tell us how you got started in photography.
My start wasn’t your typical artist turned professional. Professional photography was an idea my wife and I had as something enjoyable we could do together. We advertised on Kijiji to shoot our first weddings for free and really just went from there. We wouldn’t have imagined in our wildest dreams that 5 years and 65+ weddings later we’d be where we are today. We are so grateful for the support we’ve received, its been such an amazing ride.
Now that you are one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 wedding photographers, what’s next for you?
Well, for starters, a new market. We’ve recently moved to Vancouver and are slowly working to build our reputation here. B.C. is home for us, so it’s amazing to be back closer to family and old friends. We absolutely cannot wait for our first wedding out here.
How has attending photography seminars or photo conventions such as the Canada Photo Convention benefited you as a photographer?
I’ve only been to one convention, Canada Photo Convention, and cannot begin to describe what it did for me. At the time I went, I was struggling with my identity as an artist. Being submersed in amazing talent, not only from the speakers but attendees, really gave me the inspiration and determination to define myself. The entire experience really pushed me in the right direction and I haven’t looked back since.
What does it mean to you personally to be a young wedding photographer in Canada?
I think the benefit to being young (and fearless) in this industry is about pushing boundaries… Creating ideas that push the expectations of what people consider “normal” or “acceptable”. The wedding photography industry has grown to amazing new heights, even within the 5 years I’ve been involved, and I think it’s the young talent pushing those expectations to the edge. It’s awesome and I feel privileged to be part of that group.
Tell us about a pinch-me moment that you had where you just couldn’t believe that this became your life.
Well, getting recognized as Top 30 in Canada was pretty amazing. But truthfully, it isn’t just one moment. It”s every time we pause and reflect on where we’ve come from and where we are now. We’re constantly trying to push ourselves to be better photographers, better business people, better friends to our clients. When we finish a wedding and reflect on the little things that were just slightly better than the last, its truly an amazing thing.
What’s one thing you would say to another photographer that’s just getting started?
ALWAYS be true to yourself. Shoot what you want, how you want and ONLY share THAT work with the rest of world.
This is the easiest way to guarantee you’ll be hired for work that excites you, work that is representative of you.
To see more of Michael’s work, check out his website here.