MEET. Michael Larsen

Cameron Diaz for USA Weekend Magazine © Larsen & Talbert
Hugh Jackman for USA Today for “Real Steel” © Larsen & Talbert

Meet photographer and APA member, Michael Larsen of Larsen & Talbert, a husband and wife duo specializing in portraiture and lifestyle photography for over 20 years, working and creating for clients such as Hallmark Channel, Warner Brothers, San Diego Zoo, HGTV, InStyle, Entertainment Weekly and more.

Who are your top 5 favorites that you’re following on Instagram?
@two3 Frank Ockenfels 3
@victoriagranof Food Stylist, Artist, Director

What 3 words describe your photography style?
Clean, simple, happy

What do you listen to when you’re shooting? 
Fleetwood Mac

What inspires you?
Great photography, Dramatic Skies, Well Told Stories 

What’s your favorite thing about being a photographer?
1. Travel 2. Satisfying clients 100%

When you aren’t making photographs, what other pastimes do you have?
Cooking, Travel, Family, Friends

Describe your daily or weekly work habits. (Pre-Covid and currently)
Non-Shoot Days: Sit in front of computer and work on business, Pre-Production, Post-Production and explore social media. Shoot Days: Shoot

Who were your biggest influences?
Annie Leibovitz
Mathew Rolston
Mark Seliger

What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out?
“You’ll never make it. It’s too hard.”

What are the current challenges that you face as a photographer?
Staying fresh. Getting more work.

What have been some of the highlights and challenges of your career so far? 
Shooting in Iceland, London, Rome, Hawaii, Mexico, Belgium, Belize, Puerto Rico and all over the US. 

What were you doing before you became a Photographer?
Film and Photo-Assisting

If you weren’t a Photographer, what would you be doing?
Chef or Surgeon

What do you do when you get stuck?
Search for inspiration 

What is your best advice for your peers?
Do your best. Ask for more.  

What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back 10 years?
Relax. It’ll be fine. Keep Promoting
20 years?
Relax. It’ll be fine. Keep Promoting

What is a photographer’s role now that technology has made it so much more accessible to the masses?
Providing a consistent product and meeting diverse needs of the client with professionalism and confidence. 

What do you see yourself doing in five years?
Photography, Videography, Drone

Check out more work from Michael Larsen.