After 30+ years as a commercial photographer I'm having my fun now than ever before. Technology today makes possible things I only imagined when I began my career. It's a great feeling when I help clients achieve their social media and fund raising objectives.

The constant demand for learning new applications that help clarify my client stories is both invigorating and exhausting. Love it!


Professional Portrait And Time Lapse Photographer


I've been working as a professional photographer since the early 80's and have worked for individuals and corporations performing a variety of photographic services: portrait, architectural, event, documentation and special effects.

Work History

Lead Photography Instructor

January 2009 - October 2012

I present online courses on a monthly basis for, based out of San Francisco, Ca.

Photography Instructor

Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art

December 2009 - June 2011

After presenting a workshop earlier this year, I was contacted by the administration to develop and teach an introductory photography class.

Adjunct Faculty

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

November 2008 - June 2009

As part of an internationally acclaimed faculty I currently teach an introductory photography course for graphic design majors.



January 2008 - January 2008

I was the lead instructor for the introductory Photoshop courses.

Mr. Pixel

September 2006 - December 2008

I was the resident Photoshop expert, "Mr. Pixel". I also dispense photography tips and humor.

Graphic Specialist

Los Angeles County Office of Education

March 2004 - July 2009

Have been developing specialized lesson plans for the California Department of Education. Called an IPA (Integrated Performance Activity), they are posted online at

I also develop and present workshops for high school tech core educators.

Adjunct Faculty

Brooks Institute

May 2003 - December 2009

I was originally hired as the resident Photoshop expert at the Ventura campus. This position evolved into developing new classes and updating current ones to keep them relevant for today's marketplace. I am currently teaching introductory and intermediate lighting classes and will be rolling out a new course on digital color printing early next year.

Photographer & Director

Michael e. Stern Photography

September 1980 - September 1980

I have been in the photography industry since 1980, providing business's and individuals with conceptual portraiture, advertising product shots, architectural photographs, event photography, business professional head shots and award winning construction time lapse videos.


2014 Amerifest by Honda

I've been waning to document via time lapse a very short term event and when this popped up on my horizon, I jumped at the chance.

Qualifications & Certifications


Art Center College of Design

Art Center College of Design

Brooks Institute of Photography

Verdugo Hills Senior High

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