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Michael Kawano

I am a tirelessly self-taught photographer with an unwavering passion for the craft. I have always enjoyed photography, but really got deep into it about seven years ago. Since then, I have been lucky enough to have worked with some amazing photographers and equally amazing clients. I have shot everything from landscapes to sports, weddings, events, wildlife, products, and over the past several years have specialized more and more in portraits. I have won photo contests, have had work hanging at the California Academy of Sciences and at the Alameda Historical Museum, have had a photo selected as the cover of a Random House bestseller, have been published in a special edition of Bake magazine, and most importantly have a long list of clients who have been happy with my work, including renowned Bay Area pastry chef Laci Sandoval, five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten, and well-known critical and palliative care doctor Jessica Zitter (who received an Academy Award Nomination for her documentary, Extremis). I am a past president and board member for the Alameda Photographic Society. I also teach photography workshops on a regular basis, giving back and helping others make the most of their love for photography as well. Each of the past few summers, I have taught a series of nine photography workshops for the UC Berkeley Lair of the Bear camp which was a great experience. I also teach eight different classes at Looking Glass Photo in Berkeley as well as private photography classes to individuals and small groups. Photography will definitely be a big part of the rest of my life and I love sharing my art with others.

I am inspired by beauty. If you open your eyes and your mind, there is beauty all around us. I love capturing that beauty with the camera, especially when it helps others to expand their view of the world as a result. I am also inspired by learning and experimenting. I am still constantly reading photography books and watching photography videos. One of the greatest things about photography (and life) is that there is always more to learn.

If you would like to contact me regarding a booking or for private/group instruction, please feel free to reach out to me via the “contact me” page on my website,

You can also see more of my work and follow me on Instagram and Facebook @MKawanoPhotography or at

Thanks for visiting. I hope to hear from you soon!

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