About - Michael Piper

About Accelerated Vision Photography

Why would you want me to be your photographer?

First, the simple, direct answer: I want to create images for you that you will treasure for years.

My name is Michael Piper and I'd like to welcome you to Accelerated Vision Photography, a San Antonio based photography service. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a photo session, please feel free to call or email me. Now, let me tell you a little bit about me and how I got started doing this.

I am a professionally trained Graphic Artist. I have 18 years of professional graphics experience creating memorable, eye-catching, and visually appealing imagery. So, when I do a photography session, you aren't getting a person who points a camera, takes a pretty photograph and then does minor post processing. Instead, you are getting a photograph that is then processed with the skill and technique of a fine artist. Instead of a Portrait, you'll receive a fine art print that your family will treasure for generations.

Back in the 1970s, my father was a hobbyist photographer who shot black & white film. He did his own developing and printing with an in-home darkroom. As he started experimenting with double exposures, light drawing, and other special effects (all done in-camera back then), I became his subject / assistant and found I enjoyed seeing what the final image looked like. Learning how to dodge and burn with an enlarger was the start of my fascination with image manipulation. I was about 10 at the time.

In the late 1990's I discovered the Adobe Software suite and started learning Photoshop. Over time, I began creating custom images, graphics and illustrations in the corporate world. I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication (Specializing in Graphic Design). I'm also a long time member of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals). I also have been the graphic artist restoring all the covers for the Sanctum Press reprints of the Classic 1930's and 1940's Pulp Magazines. These include over 70 issues of "The Shadow", over 65 issues of "Doc Savage", multiple issues of "The Avenger," "The Phantom Detective," "Nick Carter," and "The Whisperer."

I never stopped using a camera and taking snapshots. But around 2000, I also returned to actual photography, using my experience as a graphic artist to identify unique or interesting views of the subjects of my photographs. The last piece of the puzzle clicked when I decided to merge my love of photography and passion for photo processing, and decided to start my own photography business.

My goal isn't to take a simple photograph. It is to use lighting, location, mood and artistic techniques to create a visual representation of what I see and feel is the best about the subject of my portrait. This is easier in Personal or Family portraits, and can also be done with wedding or special event photography. One specialty that I also work with is cars. As a lifelong fan of automotive engineering, I try to do the same thing when I photograph vehicles. I guess you could say I want to capture the soul of the vehicle and create an Automotive Portrait. Whether you are looking for a portrait, to document an important life event, or create art for your own home, I'd like to be your first choice for photographer!

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