High Sierras, CA.

Personal work. Kings Canyon, CA.

Good photographs demand attention. They get you emotionally involved. They are memorable. Successful stories evolve from countless small decisions made correctly. I love images. I love making them. I love working with people to tell the stories they need told. You need photographs to solve a problem or achieve a goal. My photography does that for you; I take something simple and make the best version possible…

I guarantee three things in the stories I build for you: gorgeous compositions, beautiful light and great emotion. I understand your needs. You need a thinker, a doer, a self-motivated decision maker who is technically excellent, artistically appreciative, affordable, flexible, reliable, trustworthy and has a sense of humor. I keep the big picture in mind while concentrating on the details for you. A true boutique experience. Crafted for you from my bag of pixels.

Using current technologies and old school photographic techniques I deliver results regardless of lighting environment. Let’s tell the stories you want told with beautiful narratives that inform, engage and entertain…together we’ll accomplish a lot.

• Time Lapse Narratives

“Michael has a great eye and an amazing toy box that can bring any project to life through the beauty of motion time lapse photography–from short demonstrations to long-term, large scale projects.”
–Ken Winkler

William Close constructing his world famous Earth Harp at the Long Beach Arena.

William Close and his world famous Earth Harp at the Long Beach Arena. The video.

• Professional Headshots

 I've photographed all kinds of business professionals, and they all look terrific!

• Editorial Portraits

Editorial portraiture is one of Michael e. Stern's favorite catagories.

“Michael is efficient. For our initial photo shoot, he set up a studio in our conference room to provide a smooth schedule for our staff. As we have added staff and/or updated pictures, Michael has invited us to his personal studio, which is a clean and comfortable environment.”
–Haley J. Eckhart, Vice President, Freeman & Mills

Extraordinary work is waiting for you….let’s discuss your next project. I can be reached at 818-422-0696. Or email. The “Contact Us” form is on the right.

Thank you.


Preparing one of my motion control systems prior to launch

Prepping my TB3 and Stage 0 Dolly for a tutorial


Michael e. Stern
The Visual Sage