Would you mind introducing yourself? Hi friends, my name is Michael Sugianto and I am an adventure and lifestyle photographer based out of Calgary, Canada. I’m 24 years old and I just got a degree in chemical engineering; I know it’s a rather interesting combination with photography. I’ll explain that story a bit later.
Michael’s Instagram - @mikesugianto
Pictured above - @ashxharris
How would you describe your style of photography? That’s actually a really hard question for me to answer as I feel like I am constantly changing as an artist, and always trying to master new styles and techniques. But if I really had to put it into words, I would describe my current photography style as one singular word, “passive”. I take pride in storytelling through imagery, which in my mind means I enjoy capturing organic moments of people as they go through their own experiences.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? It might seem kind of clique, but originally I was a huge hiking buff. I was absolutely obsessed with trying to summit as many mountains as possible! I bought a camera to capture the memories and the rest is kind of history.
Pictured Above - @kayitscait
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? The summer of 2017, I decided that I would quit my job a month and a half before school started and travel the west coast of the USA while living out of my Toyota 4Runner. I had no plan, no objective and really only had one deadline, be back in Calgary for school. I did this trip by myself and I cannot explain the growth and reflection that was done over the 35 days I was away.
Pictured Above - @jkehlz
Who/What inspires your photography? I don’t think I can pinpoint one person or even a group of individuals who inspire me. I think that list is constantly changing for me. Majority of the time I find most my inspiration coming from the genre of photography that I don’t even practice myself. I find a lot of my inspiration for portraits through people who take portraits in the city. I love the artistic feel to them and I love incorporating it in nature. The only constant in my creative process is being outside.
Pictured Above - @hikingwithheels
Camera & Editing Process? I currently use a Canon 5D mark iii. I primarily use a Canon 16-35 F4L lens for about 80% of my photos. I also love taking photos of people so I also use the Canon 24 F1.4LII. My editing process starts in Lightroom. It so hard to describe as I feel like I am constantly moving back and forth through different things, such as highlights, shadows, whites and blacks. But most of my images only take 5-10minutes to edits. I feel like if I spend any longer then chances are the photo wasn’t that great.
A few photographers who deserve a larger audience? A couple photographers that I think we should all know about are Megan Bourne (@mlbourne) and Bayley Junes (@bayleyjunes). Both of these photographers capture a wide variety of photo styles but are both are able to capture unique stories behind their images.
The coolest place you've ever been? I would have to say the coolest place I’ve been is Utah. It so hard describes but if you spend 1 minute there you’ll understand why.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? For some reason, I’m intrigued on hiking to the Base Camp of Everest. I use to be obsessed with climbing mountains; so I think it would really fulfilling to do as it is quite physically and mentally demanding. Hopefully, I get to do it in 2019.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I would say that my favourite time of year is fall! The colours are absolutely mind-blowing here in Banff, and I would highly recommend it a visit.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? Honestly, I’m the world’s worst planner. Majority of the time I just pick a place and go, and then figure things out on the go. But I am really hoping to get to India in 2019.
Pictured Above - @nicolenright