Here's me:

I can’t stop smiling. No really, it’s kind of a problem. I even got in a few fights over it as a kid. Now it serves me pretty well. If you’re going to pose in front of me and can’t help but laugh because of my stupid grin, I’ll take it ;)

I’m a diy jack of all trades without enough time for any of it. Most recently I decided to buy an old 1910 house and remodel it… little did I know that I’d be making the architectural plans myself and in the process deciding to move the stairs, kitchen and all 3 bathrooms. You know, just the little things. Seriously, it’s an amazing house now though! I even put in a pool designed specifically for underwater photography!!!

When I’m not still trying to finish the window trim or the 350’ of ridiculously complicated fencing with crazy hard wood, you can usually find me perfecting my non recipes in the kitchen. Ok, if I’m baking, yeah, I’ll follow a recipe (a little), but if I’m making pretty much anything else, glancing at one for inspiration is as far as I’ll go. Need the best Eggs Benedict you’ve ever had for you and 20 of your closest friends? No problem!

When I’m not getting my exercise walking lumber around my yard or chasing my amazing kids and dogs around, you can find me chasing my kids around the swimming pool or chasing my kids at the indoor rock climbing gym, or chasing my kids at a winery. Healdsburg is my personal favorite. If you’re into wine, go visit De La Montanya and tell them I sent you.

After the kids go down, you’ll find me busily winning Cards Against Humanity, Scrabble or Chess. I’m not competitive or anything.

Did I mention I garden? It pretty much started so I could grow my own Shiso leaves to eat with sashimi… I LOVE sushi!

Want to know more. Just ask!

The resume

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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