photo by Curtis Wiklund

photo by Curtis Wiklund


Michael has been photographing since 1998. In 2002, he received his BFA in Photography from Missouri State University and in early 2004 he moved to Nashville, TN. He spent 2002 - 2016 shooting weddings and has actively been pursuing personal work since 2009. Michael also hosts the MUSEA Podcast, has hosted three MUSEA Gatherings and has done numerous portfolio reviews and mentoring sessions.

His work has been published by, E! Online, FLAUNT Magazine, iMUTE Magazine, Institute Magazine,, Nashville Scene and Nashville Arts Magazine.


Outside of my family, photography is the main focus of my life. It's the thing I've committed to doing and exploring while I'm here on Earth. As a mentor, it's my goal to help you find your strengths, to refine your portfolio to only your best work, to work with you on putting a marketing plan together, to make sure your pricing is solid, to help you improve your technique and to craft a plan for you to get from point A to point B.

My advice and recommendations come from my 16 years of experience in photography and 12 years in business. Having my Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography gives me a solid background to speak to the artistic side of your work and the 12 years of hard-earned lessons in business give me first hand experience to share.

No topic is off limits and every person I mentor is given custom assignments in between meetings to keep the momentum going. These assignments are customized to each individual, but can include culling images for a portfolio review, reading recommendations, video/audio recommendations, photographers to research, suggested website revisions, branding assignments and many others.

I shoot film as much as possible, so I greatly enjoy helping other photographers learn the joys of shooting intentionally with film. I can also help you learn about developing prints in the darkroom.


"It was time to get honest about my work. How much can I grow if I’m not seeking critiques from a reliable source? Michael spoke into my work in a way that was both extremely honest and encouraging. He helped me to identify my strongest images, as well as the weakest ones. I saw my work in a new light. I was inspired to dig through my archive of photos and curate a collection of images that best represent my brand. I was inspired to shoot more intentionally. Along the way, Michael even gave me helpful tips about my processing, website, blog and social media. At our last session, we discussed my pricing structure and he gave me eye-opening ideas for how to take my business to the next level.

I chose Michael because of his incredible involvement in our photography community, his experience and solid portfolio in wedding and editorial photography and his educational background. My mentor sessions with Michael are by far one of the best business investments I’ve made."  

- Rachel Moore

Michael teaching at the 2014 MUSEA Gathering in NYC - Photo by Holger Thoss

Michael teaching at the 2014 MUSEA Gathering in NYC - Photo by Holger Thoss

Michael teaching at the 2014 MUSEA Gathering in NYC - Photo by Holger Thoss

Michael teaching at the 2014 MUSEA Gathering in NYC - Photo by Holger Thoss




"After moving primarily into the wedding market over the last couple years, I was finding myself stuck and sometimes uncertain of my own style. Sitting down with Michael clarified for me once again who I AM as a photographer and where I want to go. He not only offered advice on editing style and lens choices, but the portfolio review was so beneficial for me. His guidance and advice helped to clear out the external distractions and allowed me to refocus. I can't thank him enough for his honest, motivating ideas and thoughts on my work!"

- Cortney Smith

Michael giving a critique at the San Francisco MUSEA Gathering

Michael giving a critique at the San Francisco MUSEA Gathering


"Thank you for your time and knowledge in reviewing my website. You are gifted at seeing a person's strengths and style and at explaining them. You quickly saw a common theme in my work and helped me clarify that part. Your suggested list of other artists to review was also highly insightful and educational. 

I'd highly recommend Michael Howard for a website review because he has such a rich photography knowledge base to draw from."

- Tatiana Johnson


"Michael helped me understand that struggle is ok. To slow down, there is no magic bullet. He helped me connect the dots between my own personal story and the images I was trying to create. Michael is as dedicated as they come to the craft of photography and I would highly recommend a mentoring session with him if you're in need of a push! "

- Mike Clark

Michael (far right) on the set for his personal project 'Utopia'

Michael (far right) on the set for his personal project 'Utopia'


(Meets bi-weekly  for 1.5 hours either via Skype or in person)

6 Week Mentorship (3 Meetings Total)



12 Week Mentorship (6 Meetings Total)




1.5 hours - $175