Mischa is from Redwood City and started in photography at age 9 with a mentorship under photography professor Neil White. He processed his first black and white film by hand and printed his first images in a darkroom.
In college, Mischa continued to pursue this passion with a BA in Art/Photography from UCSC, learning all about photography, technically and conceptually, using traditional film and paper.
Mischa’s introduction to the wedding industry was as a DJ. He officially switched from wedding DJ to wedding photographer in 2003. His couples started having babies and pretty soon Mischa started photographing people in all forms from adorable newborns to professional headshots. In 2015 Mischa expanded into underwater photography.
Mischa serves as past President of PPGBA. (Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area) This group of professional peers as well as PPA (Professional Photographers of America) have selected him to teach many seminars and classes for their members over the years. Mischa also served as Vice President of the Sacramento chapter of NACE (National Association for Catering and Events). Mischa continues to be active in a number of industry associations.
Mischa is a photography and Photoshop expert; artistically and technically. Known especially for his "hero images". Single, “show-stoppers” usually made entirely in-camera, but often using off-camera flash or painting with light to create something amazing. He's adept at coaching and interacting with people to allow for strong images that are often much more crafted and posed than they appear. He’s also equally good at capturing truly candid moments as they unfold.
Mischa has earned many awards and honors, including “album designer of the year” 5 times and “wedding photographer of the year " 3 times. He has also won numerous awards for individual images including “Image of the year“.
Prior jobs: Salmon cannery line (Seward Alaska), magazine subscription phone sales (you probably hung up on him back in the day), club and rave DJ (3 night residency at Club Dakota in Santa Cruz), mini golf and arcade attendant (Malibu Fun Center!), website designer (European hostels), bartender/coffee maker/waiter (Davenport Cash Store).
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