- Fauna & Wildlife
- People and Culture
- Shoot Locations
Michele is a freelance photographer with a variety of photographic skills. Westmorland Images, LLC operates from her home in Redmond, Washington. Michele has created a vast library of imagery from around the world. She became recognized for her talents in capturing beautiful images of the ocean environment. She is also passionate about conservation and is proud to be a Founding Fellow of International League of Conservation Photographers. In addition to the marine life imagery, her cultural photography has gained international recognition. Michele understands the need to tell a visual story, whether it covers exotic holiday locations or the wonders of the natural world.
She is also a Fellow National of the prestigious Explorers Club, a member of the Society of Woman Geographers, Wings WorldQuest, ASPP and NANPA. Much of her imagery has appeared in national and international dive publications including Ocean Geographic, Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Australasia Scuba Diving, and Unterwasser. Other articles and images have appeared in National Geographic Adventure & Traveler, Nature’s Best, Smithsonian and Outside magazines. Michele has won several awards for her imagery including, Grand Prize in the Papua New Guinea Underwater category, the Environmental Photography Invitational, Photo District News, and many others. She is proud to be included in the book “Adventurous Dreams-Adventurous Lives” by Jason Schoonover. Her book “Ocean Duets” was published in 2006 and is focused on the beauty of the underwater world. As a speaker, Michele has given a variety of lectures on culture, the marine environment and phot ography workshops. She was the keynote address speaker at the 2011 North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) conference. In 2011, Michele was inducted into the Woman Divers Hall of Fame. Michele’s passion project is titled Headhunt Revisited, which documents the travels of an American woman artist to the remote islands of Melanesia. To see more on this project, visit www.headhuntrevisited.org.
“I have had the privilege of photographing marine life since 1984. Each dive gave me new and dramatic experiences. From the tiny creatures that hide in the coral to magnificent marine mammals that give our world balance, it is an environment where new discoveries are made every day. I believe in the power of imagery to motivate stewardship and protection of the fragile underwater world. It is equally important to connect with the indigenous peoples of the world – man is, in fact, a part of nature.”