Michael Grados is an Air National Guardsman, currently stationed at Hancock Field, New York. He is also pursuing a Master of Fine Art degree in Photography. During his free time he can be found exploring the wonderful New Mexico landscape, shooting portraits at home or on-location, while enjoying it all with wonderful friends, the "world's greatest dog," his lovely wife, and newly added baby boy.
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Master of Fine Art, Photography (In-Progress)
Bachelor of Science (Business Management) - US Air Force Academy, class of 2001
Annual New Mexico Photographic Arts Show - Albuquerque, NM (Dec 3 - 28, 2011)
Hubbard Museum of the West - Ruidoso Downs, NM (Oct 15 - Feb 13, 2012)
Otero County Fair Photography Competition (Aug, 2011) - 1st Place, Portrait, Professional Division
Otero County Fair Photography Competition (Aug, 2012) - Best in Show
Alamogordo Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
"As is the case with most folks pursuing various creative outlets, I have been artistically challenging myself since early childhood.
In my single digit years I was tearing through sketch pads - designing the next great sneaker, golf course or architectural floor plan. The teenage years brought with it punk rock, a guitar and countless hours in the basement not only writing songs but also delving into the recording process. Shortly after my introduction to the world-wide-web in high school, I found myself designing websites. This brought with it another terrific opportunity to learn a new language, develop a familiarity with digital design and satisfy yet another creative avenue.
Although I have always captured memories with my trusty film point-and-shoot throughout those years, it was not until after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy that I began fully exploring the world of artistic and creative photography.
Personally, photography is the perfect culmination of the creative process; from pre-visualizing to technical execution to digital finalizing to receiving feedback via on-line communities.
It truly is an amazingly enjoyable and challenging journey with endless possibilities for learning while being able to freeze a completely unique moment in time."
If you are interested in hiring me as your portrait photographer, feel free to call between 8:00am and 9:00pm, or text and e-mail any time.
Photography by Michael Grados