About me and my work

Hello and thanks for stopping by! My name is Zak Michaels and I’m a landscape / nature photographer based in Tacoma, Washington. My current work is focused primarily on the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, which I am absolutely in love with! I also enjoy traveling and photographing the beauty found in other locations across the globe. I think our world is beautiful and I would love to share my work and vision with you…

There are several reasons I create photographs, the first of which is because I simply enjoy the process of photography for its own sake. Photography allows me to create something meaningful and express myself in ways that wouldn’t be possible otherwise. Another reason I make photographs is because it facilitates a connection with nature, for both the viewer and myself. I believe that modern society, though great in so many ways, can create a sense of detachment from the natural world. The distraction-prone and fast-paced qualities of the modern world are fertile ground for stress, anxiety, and a general sense of disconnection. Creating photography is a way for me to step away from the chaos, breathe, and connect to nature; my hope is that my work encourages others to get outside and spend time in nature as well. A final reason I create photography is to give those who can’t get outside to experience nature firsthand (people with serious illnesses or disabilities, for example) a window into the beauty of our world. With photography, I hope to spread a little light into the world!

For my creative process, I employ a variety of photographic techniques using modern day digital cameras, lenses, filters, etc. I utilize photographic editing software to alter photographs in a way that suits my personal artistic taste. This sometimes involves cropping or cloning out unwanted aspects of a photograph, enhancing color saturation, adjusting contrast, and many other techniques. In essence, I apply whatever creative adjustments feel and look right to me for any given photograph. This often results in a final image that looks appreciably different than the image as it looked straight out of the camera. For me, the objective is not about accurately reproducing a scene from nature; rather, it is about capturing a scene from nature, making it my own through my creative process, and sharing it with others to enjoy…