Michael Hallahan has spent almost his entire adult life with a camera in his hand. Showing talent for visual arts at a young age, he first began with graphite, charcoal, and pastels and was drawn into the darkroom through the print making process.
He worked in a pro photo lab printing their custom black and white and going out on assignment to make commercial work. He has also regularly assisted great photograhers like Story Litchfield ( Hinkley ), Bruce Cassaday ( Rolex, Buick ), and more until he felt confident in his ability to offer top notch service. In 1999, he created FinePrints.
In the early days, FinePrints was as much a custom darkroom making archival black and white fiber prints for discerning photographers as it was a photographic service. Hence the somewhat universal business name. Times change, though, and while the darkroom at FinePrints has been repurposed, Michael's dedication to photography as a service and as an art is stronger than ever.
"I try to shoot as much as possible because that's the only way to grow creatively. Winter is a fairly slow time of year in terms of business and I used to hate it! Now I realize that it presents me with an opportunity to take chances and make new work. Since I'm not under pressure to deliver a product, I can push myself in ways I normally wouldn't and take creative risks. This makes me a better photographer when the busy season comes and it sometimes results in my best work of the year."
"You'll notice that my work has become fairly dance-heavy in the past few years. I never expected to love photographing dancers as much as I do but it is incredibly satisfying to work with someone who is as passionate about their art as I am about mine. It's truly a collaboration."
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