About Me

My Why

As a kid playing construction in the back yard with friends, trucks and dirt mattered. We built buildings, made up stories and got lost in the fantasy. Loved it. In 1968 I watched my first time-lapse film called “Sleeping Beauty’s Castle Built In A Year And A Day”.  It was on 16mm color film and 366 frames long.  By then I was well into photography and could appreciate what I was seeing: every day a photographer with camera climbed a ladder, made one exposure and climbed down. Repeated this process 365 days, lining up the camera each time to match the previous position perfectly. It was magical. I was hooked. Had the details completely wrong but I was hooked. Ever since, photography has been a life journey for me and one that I cherish deeply.

My Work

My work reflects the men and women who build America. When I’m in their world, it’s my mission to reveal the beauty and drama they engage in daily with a distinctive blend of specialized stills, video and time-lapse, transforming mundane construction processes into immersive and captivating stories. I think like an artist, shoot like a director and edit like a storyteller. I show up often, arrive early and stay late to capture the intricate dance that is the building process. To witness building history, to be able to document it for the world, in an artistic and enduring way, is my good fortune. The next time you’re looking to acquire GR8 construction visuals, hire the kid who loves trucks and dirt: 818-422-0696 – michael@buildabetterphotograph.com


Working in the documentary style storytelling format, we’re here to support and promote our client’s communication needs using high level customized visual arts as the medium for success. Employing technically excellent, consistently creative photography, time lapse and live-action videos are how we achieve this.

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    Michael E. Stern
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