My name is Michael Anthony Polito. I received my first camera at the age of 12. From that moment on, I knew I was never going to place it down. It was a spiritual thing for me. Starting at the same age, I processed films, prints, and was obtaining personal commissions. I have been a professional photographer now for over 20 years. Now I photograph what I want, love, and support my family doing it. I have a beautiful wife, and four wonderful children.
I am primarily self taught, but have had some great teachers, and mentors along the way. After all that I have learned, I realized that all one must do is LOOK, have patience, let nature take its course, and be ready to shoot. The moment goes as fast as it comes. It normally always happens on its own. Luck is a big part, probably everything, but being able to catch a vibe when something is about to happen is a gift, and I feel very fortunate.
My photography is editorial, portrait, commercial. I am storyteller. I love watching people, what they do, and how they react. I carry a camera wherever I go. I love documenting everyday life. If I'm not working on a commissioned assignment, I make one up, and turn it into a personal project. My portrait work is pure, raw, honest, and simple. I am also a working musician, which assists me in connecting with the many artists that I work with. I am able to obtain so much more out of my assignments when I'm able to connect with my subjects. I truly enjoy making my subject feel comfortable. I work with celebrities to everyday people. I am always shooting as if it's for the cover. No mater how large or small the assignment . I thank the Lord for giving me the gift of placing people at ease, and for giving me the talent I have to make an honest living.