Michael Woodard Photography
About the Photographer
I am a landscape, nature, and portrait photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. My journey into photography started as a teenager, but was limited to my spare time as I pursued a career in information technology and business. After a successful business career, I now pursue my love of photography full-time.
Photography is not only my profession, but a calling and the thing that will likely drive me crazy someday. I don’t just photograph subjects; I photograph the way light reveals them to me, and the way they make me feel. Admittedly, that may be a bit of a strange concept, but it’s the best way to describe my approach to the craft. I wrestle with every image I shoot. I assume perfection is possible and I want to bring it out in every picture. If that’s all you ever know about me, it’s safe to say you know me well!
I consider myself a simple person who loves making photographs and spending time with my wife and children. When I’m not taking photographs, you can often find me working in my flower gardens or woodcarving in my studio. I have a passion for sharing and teaching. There are few things in life more gratifying than seeing those around you grow and achieve their goals.
EXCITING NEWS!! In 2019, my image of a Great Grey Owl (to the right) was selected by the National Wildlife Refuge to be part of its 2019 Holiday Collection.
My photographs have also received awards from a number of other organizations, including MN State Fair Fine Arts, EarthShots.org, Capture Minnesota, Minnesota Exposure And Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.
“Mike is definitely one of the best photographers I know. He is a very patient and dedicated teacher, everyone enjoyed working with him at our last event.” – Jonathan Charpentier, professional photographer and educator
“Mike has helped me create art through photography. I have learned so much about the technical and artistic aspects of photography from Mike.” – JoAnn, student