Michael Thompson Photographer

Michael Thompson Photographer

5.0 (2)
2 employees
15 years in business

About this pro

I have worked with major brands, celebrities on movie sets in LA or the average joe who has never had a professional photo session.  I am more of a director and collaborater to help get visually striking images for both business and personal.  I am ready to help you with your photo and video needs.

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IG:  @lightenupandshoot 

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First, I love to shoot.  I also tend to work with people who don't have experience in front of the camera.  I am more of a director to help my client's from start to finish.  Contact me so we can work together to get the images you need. 

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St. Petersburg, FL 33704
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2 Reviews


  • Rick Rodriguez

    Very detailed. Really understands the nuances of lighting, facial and body tones, how shadows work etc etc. Michael is always instructing along with a great ability to get his subject (me) relaxed and "normal". Highly recommend Michael to everyone

  • Ellyn Newgreen

    Michael is GREAT at creating and capturing not only the subject but also the mood and surroundings. He is very easy going and comfortable to work with. Hopefully, you won't be in the position of having to chose just one of Michael's photos as almost every photo he takes is usually a FABULOUS "keeper"!

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Review in detail the needs and purpose of the shoot.  I also research the company or people I will be working with.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a college degree and years of international experince, as well as experience working in LA. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

usually it is a day rate or depending on the job I tailor my fees accordingly 

How did you get started in this business?

I walked into a fashion magazine one day and asked for a shoot.  I got the job and the cover of the magazine.

What types of customers have you worked with?

Celebrity, major brands, weddings, production

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I attend art and music events on a regular basis. 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Not only look at their work, but have a conversation to see if they understand your vision.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

It's all about being creative and thinking outside the box.  I am creative photographer, but I am also a good at business.