We had the good fortune of connecting with Michale Sturdevant and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Michale, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is a necessity when shooting for your dreams. I lived such a calculated life with little room for acceptance of failure; often to a point where I missed out on even trying. It wasn’t until I approached life with risk that I got to experience the best highlights of my personal and professional career. I still live in the midst of risk today, but that comes with the territory of turning dreams into memories. .

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art stems from a passion for landscape and adventure in the outdoors. I’ve always had a very curious mind and hunger for the awe inspiring. I feel the most connected and in tune when I’m in the outdoors; whether it be the mountains, deserts, forests, canyons, or oceans. I try my best to display what I see and experience.

I got to where I am today by ultimately following my instinct and chasing my dreams. Meeting incredible people that offered me amazing opportunities was the start. Once I had the courage to leave my comfort zone, jobs started lining up. With a solid work ethic, an open mind willing to learn, and a good attitude, your career can really start to snowball.

Some important lessons I’ve learned along the way are to always be prepared for adventure, always keep tools and camping equipment in your car, and occasionally step back from the camera to enjoy the view in real life.

My story is still unfolding and I can’t wait to see it through. The journey is scary, but so incredibly worth it. I’ve seen my best work come from risking comfort and stability. I’m truly excited to experience and share the future with you all.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would be a terrible tour guide for this city! It’s SO big and I’ve really only explored the West side in my short 2 years here. Pre pandemic, I’d say we would have to visit Sake House, Bigfoot Lodge West, and almost any restaurant/whiskey bar in Pasadena. I’m a big fan of museums and LA has plenty of them to offer, so I always suggest that or something interactive if I can.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I absolutely have to throw a shoutout to my friend Lynn Millspaugh. She took me under her wing and has had a Herculean hand in getting my foot in the door. Her mentorship and professional guidance has done nothing short of wonders for my freelance career as a photographer and videographer. I will forever be in debt to her. Her creativity and work speak for itself.

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Image Credits
Lynn Millspaugh

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