Hi my name is Michael Wlach and I’m a Manchester based photographer with over 40 years experience.
I first got into photography way back when I was around 11 years old where I learned to develop film and produce prints in a makeshift darkroom. I also got involved in filmaking, at first using an 8mm cine camera to do some stop-motion animation and in the late 1970’s we had our first video camera a portable (over the shoulder) VHS recorder which we used to document the local Ukrainian community.
After a brief spell working at Maplin Electronics in 1989 I got a job at Manchester Polytechnic in their Audio-Visual department. I spent the next 11 years working with video gear and even edited my wedding video on our Super VHS editing suite.
I think you can tell that photography and video are in my blood. There haven’t been too many years where I didn’t have a camera with me to capture the world around me.
Photography for me is about freezing a moment in time, moments that are as individual and unique as you are.
Some photographers choose to specialise in certain subjects. I think that it is important to have some diversity in what you shoot. I like architectural, art-nude, landscape, portrait, street and event photography as each of these areas requires you to flex your creative muscles differently to achieve the desired results.
In event photography I have been working with the Cosplay community in capturing the passion and enthusiasm for their hobby at the many conventions around the country. They are a fantastic group of people coming from all walks of life to share their creativity and passion for the characters they portray.
I have a lot of experience working with people who are either “camera shy” or image conscious. I work with them to understand what they are looking for, make them feel at ease and make a photoshoot a lively and fun experience.
I am also fully insured and have £1M Public Liability Insurance cover.
So if you are interested in working with me get in touch and let’s make some great photos!
(Photo Credit: Darren Wood)