Michael Schaffer

Austin Photographer

As a fine art photographer, I specialise in crafting evocative pictures that tell an honest and unique story. My approach combines the timeless, romantic aesthetic of film photography with the dynamic, spontaneous feel of photojournalism.

I am a lover of cinema, music and fashion, all of which inform my work and inspire my aesthetic. To me, fine art photography means bringing a personal perspective to every shoot, and making something hand-tailored to each client.  

More than just making beautiful pictures with an editorial feel, my goal is create a collection of images that feel tangible and handmade - a living, breathing document of a unique and joyful celebration.

Michael Schaffer

Austin Photographer

As a fine art photographer, I specialise in crafting evocative pictures that tell an honest and unique story. My approach combines the timeless, romantic aesthetic of film photography with the dynamic, spontaneous feel of photojournalism.

I am a lover of cinema, music and fashion, all of which inform my work and inspire my aesthetic. To me, fine art photography means bringing a personal perspective to every shoot, and making something hand-tailored to each client.  

More than just making beautiful pictures with an editorial feel, my goal is create a collection of images that feel tangible and handmade - a living, breathing document of a unique and joyful celebration.


Interview

IF I HAVE A FREE SUNDAY I WOULD SPEND IT… relaxing with friends at a dinner party, hopefully with some good wine, delicious food, and great company.  

MY MOST MEMORABLE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WAS… backpacking through Yosemite with a film camera and experiencing some of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous landscapes I’ve ever seen.

THE COUNTRY I MOST WANT TO VISIT IS… Japan.

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT MY JOB IS… getting to know interesting people who are genuinely kind, grateful and in love, and have the opportunity to join them on one of the most joyful and meaningful days of their lives.

IF I DIDN’T DO THIS FOR A JOB I WOULD BE/DO… a musician.

I LOVE WHERE I LIVE BECAUSE… I‘m in love with my hometown of Austin. Even though it’s seen a lot of change in the past several years, it hasn’t lost its soul. I can’t think of any other place that has such a unique combination of small town charm, urban vibrancy, natural beauty, and artistic creativity.

MY FAVOURITE MOVIE IS? Anything by Wes Anderson, the Coen Brothers, Quentin Tarantino or Woody Allen.