Michael W. Eaton is a retail, editorial, and commercial photographer who specializes in lifestyle, portrait, beauty and fashion photography. There are many talents in the photography world, but Eaton stands out because of his unique style and approach to his work. As a moving and visionary photographer, he has developed a fine tuned technical and artistic mastery of lighting and composition. His technical and artistic abilities, combined with an understanding of color relationships grant him the ability to create visually stimulating works that are charged with inspiration. Because of his background which includes being an accomplished journalist, graphic artist, and painter, he is able to pull from his creative experiences in those areas and create unique photographic images that communicate with the viewer.
Creating images is something that Eaton has been doing for much of his life. Early on, he learned to draw and paint, and was a notable artistic talent in high school. After High school, Eaton set his sights on a degree in one of the creative fields. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, choosing to major in Advertising with a minor in Art. In 2012, he went back to school and began working on his graduate degree in the Academy of Art University’s Master’s of Photography program.
Eaton’s exploration of photography began while doing public affairs work in the Military. He honorably served in the Air Force Reserve from 1998 until 2007. While working in Public Affairs, he wrote news articles, photographed military personnel, events and activities, and did Public Relations type work. As a Public Affairs specialist in the military, he was trained to use the camera and regularly worked to photograph military events, activities, and personnel. Eaton was fascinated with the way in which he could use the camera to tell a person’s story through pictures, and fell in love with the medium. His love affair with photography continued well after he left the Air Force Reserve.
Aside from capturing breathtaking moments and images as a photographer, Eaton also creates digital and mixed media art. In 2008, He started Michael W. Eaton Photography & Visual Art, and continues to expand his business, working as a freelance photographer, artist and designer. Through his artistry, he works diligently to fulfill the vision of his clients and his own personal standards for art. His efforts have paid off as he has received local and national recognition for his photography and visual art images.
As a creative person Eaton considers himself more than blessed to be in a position where people hire him to do what he loves to do. When he’s not behind the camera or creating other forms of visual art, he enjoys spending time with his family and getting involved in the local community.