Before he could fulfill his dream as a working artist, Mike had to make sure there were no other careers for him. He worked at a law firm. At a check printing facility. He waited tables. Umpired baseball games. Taught hockey lessons. He even rescued a neighbor from their 14th story balcony once, using a crowbar and the burning desire to actually use a crowbar, that only a crowbar owner can understand.
Armed with the ability to litigate, print a paycheck and call balls and strikes, Mike decided it was time to revisit his passion, enrolling at Columbia College in Chicago. He won a few awards. He won a grant. He attended a prestigious portfolio review. He never again waited tables (but would).
With an eye for capturing light and space, his work reflects a passion for being immersed in architecture and design. His work has been featured in Interior Design Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Wallpaper, Elle Decor, Dwell, Architectural Digest, as well as a variety of others. Clients include Hilton, Allstate, GM, Sprint and The Mies van der Rohe Society.
When Mike's not shooting, he's traveling, playing hockey and searching for his new favorite restaurant.
Visit Mike's portfolio page at mikeschwartzphoto.com/
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