I don’t have a story to tell you about picking up a camera as a kid and instantly falling in love with photography. Sorry. It took me a while to get started. However I have spent the past 10+ years of my life using cameras to tell other people's love stories. I recently moved to sunny St. Petersburg, Florida after living in New Jersey for almost 30 years! If you want to know more about my other passions in life, keep scrolling, but here are the essentials, the things I care about on at least a somewhat daily basis. Maybe we have some things in common, or at least some fun topics to debate!
Mike Zawadzki's greatest hits
Favorite (solo) Musicians: Porter Robinson, Tycho, San Holo
Favorite Star Wars Movie: The Empire Strikes Back
Fast Food Guilty Pleasure: Chick Fil-A Spicy Deluxe
Reality TV Guilty Pleasure: Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares
Actual Good Tv Shows: Breaking Bad, The Handmaid's Tale, West World
Coffee: Peet's Major Dickinson's
Pizza: Thin/Crispy Crust Pepperoni or Classic Margarita with fresh basil and mozzerella
Favorite Dishes to Make: Spicy Chili and Guacamole from scratch
Favorite Films: Big Fish, The Departed, Pulp Fiction, Inception
Favorite Memes: Ironic, Edgy, and Spicy (Occasionally Dank)
My approach to photography is to capture the NATURAL interactions of my couples. I want to make you laugh and be silly with each other. The same goes for families. I'll always do a few of the old-school posed looking at the camera photos because they please the elders of the family, and do well on social media. But I want you to be yourself in front of me. This doesn't just happen magically. I have spent a lot of time coming up with fun prompts. While my style often looks "documentary" or "photo-journalistic" it often takes a little bit more effort to push people to be themselves in photographs. I totally understand getting tight in professional photographs because I don't like being photographed much myself. I do much better on the other side of the lens!
So even though working together is a collaborative effort, I truly love photography. I mean how cool is it that I take pictures of people who are CRAZY for each other for a living? Photography isn't just a job either, as it fills me with JOY to document unique love stories. I also have a special place in my heart for pets and children, so if you have a little one, I would love to get some photos of you together! Some of my other fixations are: cooking new spicy dishes in the kitchen/on the grill, watching dramatic shows like West World, listening to downbeat ambient EDM+future bass, and being a total STAR WARS nerd. When I'm not photographing people, I am also an avid chaser of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and have many epic photos of them to share! Landscape photography was my first love. Now I enjoy putting people in pretty places and getting the best of both worlds!
Bellow is a gallery of some of the most exciting and important things I've done in my life. While I give them no particular order, I am certainly humbled by all of the cool places I've been lucky enough to travel to, people I've encountered, and of course my skittish, but oh-so-loveable tuxedo cat, Jerry! If you're interested in seeing some of my Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) photos, check out my print shop!