Michelle is Canadian photographer now focused on cinematography in the UK.
For over eight years, she has worked as a photojournalist and portrait photographer often focusing her lens on themes of race, community and cultural identity with an interest in social justice. Her project on Thalidomide survivors contributed to changing legislation and compensation for victims in Canada. She is drawn to using her camera to find beauty within difficult stories.
Michelle is now evolving her visual language into cinematography. She is pushing her imagination, creativity and technical skills by looking for Second Assistant Camera and Camera Trainee roles on HETV and feature films. While also pursuing short film projects that allow her to look inward to reflect her experiences as a woman, new mother and daughter of immigrant parents. The theme of home and belonging resonate within her deeply.
Michelle has a long-standing love for analogue photography which now extends into film projects. She respects artists who create openly, with authenticity and to those who carefully consider the impact of their work.
- 2020 Winning DoP- ARRI Filmmaking Challenge-Watersprite Film Festival
- 2020 Winning Director-NAHEMI Kodak 16mm Film StudenCompetition
- 2019 Aesthetica Short Film Festival - NAHEMI Showcase"Creative Visions"
- 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass- World Press Photo Awards- Nominated
- 2017 & 2016 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward winner
- 2015 Photograph of the Year, Canada's National Pictures of the Year
- 2014&2015 Canada's Photojournalist of the Year, nominated
- 2015 Pictures of the Year International Award of Excellence- Feature Picture Story
- 2015 NPPA Best of Photojournalism- First Place, Portrait and Personality
- 2015 National Newspaper Awards Project of the Year
- 2014 Lens Culture’s Emerging Talent Award
FILM/PHOTO INDUSTRY TRAINING
- 2023 Sara Putt Associates Trainee Scheme
- 2023 Becoming A Camera Trainee: Intensive hands-Samara Addai & Lou Macnamara
- 2022 Davinci Resolve certificate short course
- 2017 Ed Kashi, Vii Photo Agency & Jim Estrin, New York Times mentorship program
- 2017 + 2015 New York Times portfolio review
- 2014 Missouri Photo Workshop + Scholarship
- 2014 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop + Scholarship , Guatemala
- 2012 Eddie Adams Workshop, New York