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Meet Mickey Strand of Mickey Strand Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mickey Strand.

Mickey, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a Working Portrait Photographer and retired Navy Chief Photographer (PHC) and live in San Diego after 24years of active service. I am currently traveling, shooting and occasionally teaching for ACME Educational, Calumet Photo, Maine Media Workshops and Madeline Island school of the arts.

Photography career started early in the basement dark room of his parents home in Racine WI where his father instilled in him the love of the craft at a young age. In high school, he began his photography education through classes, yearbook, and the school newspaper staff.

Served as a Naval Photographer on the USS Ranger, the USS Long Beach, and NAS Miramar, until being selected to teach the Digital Multimedia Course at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) in Maryland where he co-wrote the course, which continues today educating our Nations DOD photographers. He retired from active service as the Leading Chief of Navy Combat Camera Group Pacific.

Works in environmental or studio portraits bring a unique look to his portraits sessions. My photojournalist Navy training brings a twist to his wedding photography. Mickey has been and continues to refining and growing his craft to today.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I have been working as a photographer for many years. None of it came overnight. I was fortunate that I had the opportunity to have many mentors along the way and hone my craft over years. Now working for my self I have an established style that has taken many years to get to and I am very happy with the work I do and the adventures that Photography takes me on. Folks I work with give me the opportunity to continue travel to amazing places to take and teach how to wot shoot beauty.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Mickey Strand Photography story. Tell us more about the business.
Current projects:

  • Beyond the cut – Portraits of members of the Biker and Motorcycle Club Life and culture. – Had print show month of Nov at Nelsons Photo.
  • WWII Veterans Portraits – documenting our veterans and collecting their stories before they are gone. I had a print show with this project last Veterans day for a month. at Mount Miguel. I am continuing this project this year with a shoot this month at the California Vet home in Chula Vista.
  • Help-Portrait San Diego Chairman – Started by Jeremy Cowart in 2008 we continue to be a member of this amazing movement every year.

I do a little event coverage but mostly I’m a portrait photographer now.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Lots. Being in the right place at the right time has put me in touch with lots of mentors and advisors. But you have to open your self up to the comments and let your craft improve. At some point, you also need to take responsibility for your work and your growth.

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