I was introduced to photography in 1996 starting in nature and landscapes. For months I read books and magazines, spent hours walking around Raleigh, NC taking photos and making notes. I fell in love with the art of making images, and the science appealed to my technical side. To this day, that hasn't changed.
Over time, my interest in photography expanded to weddings and portraits. I'm a self-taught shooter and a camera geek. I purchase new cameras just to learn how to use them, or to take one particular photo with one special camera.
After shooting my first wedding in 1999, I swore off wedding photography forever. The set photos, posed "candids," and lack of creativity I was afforded just wasn't my style. I left dismayed. A few years later a coworker informed me I was shooting her wedding; I wasn't given the option to say "no." I had full creative control, and ran the show from a photography standpoint. As the day went on, I got more and more excited because I knew the photos were going to be awesome. To this day, I shoot weddings with the same zeal and approach - I don't follow a set of guidelines, and cover the day as it unfolds. When I make my last image, I leave excited to get back to my desk and see what I've captured.
Aside from photography, I also enjoy bowling, snowboarding, golf, and good beer. I have a soft spot for animals, especially my SPCA rescue, Memphis, whose happy-go-lucky attitude defies his Chow-Chow-ness.
Mike Pittman is a wedding and portrait photographer based out of the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. Whether you are looking to commemorate life events (Engagements, Weddings, High School Graduation, etc.) or need a perfect head shot, Mike has the experience, expertise, and understanding to make your vision a reality.
My work focuses on capturing a moment in time, whether it's portraiture, lifestyle imagery, or just the perfect light.
Always experimenting with new techniques, I'm equally comfortable with analog and digital technologies, and use both according to the needs of the project.