Making a fine portrait requires far more than expensive cameras and lenses.

I believe that some of the most enduring portraits are made when there is rapport between the subject and the photographer. For a portrait to be more than a pretty picture, this rapport needs to be real; then it can help to create an atmosphere that allows the essence of the person to come through the photograph. This is how the subject and I work together to create images that say something quintessential about the person.

My approach to portraiture is intuitive, relaxed, and natural-I tend toward a classic, timeless look that reveals character and I work hard with my subjects to create that image. 

We work comfortably in formal situations and poses as well as unstructured, candid or reportage style. To learn more about the way I work please visit my blog.

Sitting fees start at $595.00 for location portraits and 500.00 for studio sessions. Please call 416 778 6521 or email michael@michaelobrienphoto.com for a detailed list of prices and services.


Michael is known primarily for the intuitive, natural way that he photographs people and places. His formal portraits, as well as his travel and documentary images of people are all built on a foundation of trust and respect. Michael's work explores the themes of identity in the individual, the family and the community.

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