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Mike Kelley
Los Angeles, CA
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Currently a Los Angeles-based architectural and fine art photographer, available for assignment worldwide. Check out my eight-hour tutorial here:


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Ricardo Cornejo's picture

Really great photography man!!

Anonymous's picture

Beautifull personal sites...

Anonymous's picture

Love what I see..

Gotta give a thumbs up to this guy’s endeavor to recreate the “Pan Am experience.” Obviously, it’s not possible to capture everything as it was exactly so some creative license has to be given. That’s understandable, but considering the extent he went to capture the era, there’s some details that shouldn’t have been overlooked. If you’re going to go all the way professional you have to get it right.

You can look at it one of two ways, either the Pan Am cabin décor is wrong for the stewardess uniforms, or the stewardess uniforms are wrong for the cabin décor. The ladies are wearing the Evan Picone designed uniform introduced in 1969 with the rollout of the first 747. This was not the first class interior at that time. This interior came after when the stewardesses wore the Edith Head designed uniform. That may have been a better choice for the wardrobe. Some photos show the models wearing the wrong uniform wing insignia for that time as well.

He really, really missed the mark with the grooming of the attractive dark-skinned model. Every other girl is “spot on”
for approved hairstyles except her. In no way, shape, or form would Pan Am have allowed a stewardess to wear her long hair down as it is. It’s unfortunate because they all look regulation until you see her. That wrong styling is a significant distraction.

The stewardess handing the boy a box set of Pan Am model airplanes is not accurate for the time period. The Pan Am billboard livery wasn’t applied until the 1980s. A better choice would have been to hand him a “Pierre Panda’s Fabulous Flying Fun Kit.” Sometimes you can find it on Ebay. The boy in “Clipper Class” is also reading a Pan Am inflight magazine that doesn’t go with the time period.

The LA chapter members of World Wings International would have been an excellent source to consult with at the photo shoot. They’re active participants at his events so I’m surprised that he didn’t use their knowledge.

Rick Navarro's picture

Hey man question. How did you begin pricing your interior photography when you started out? I have a client asking me to do a home. I have done some work but not much and i'd like to price fairly. My expertise has been more focused in fashion and portrait work so i am not a beginner to shooting or photoshop.

Linus Pettersson's picture

Killer-headshot in your profile!! =) BAM!

Jay Briggs's picture

Great job on the video tutorial, I used your technique to create the shot I posted in my portfolio!

Michael Sjogren's picture

Hi Mike,
I wanted to reach out and thank you and the F-Stoppers crew for putting together such an awesome tutorial on architectural photography. Yourtutorial took my photography to a whole new level. I shoot a lot of interiors for property management companies and I just received my first contract to produce an exterior twilight shot. I’ve practiced your lighting techniques on my house and a few local buildings and I’m really excited to finally produce one of these shots on a commercial level. Thanks again and I look forward to your upcoming segments on Creative Live.

Shayne Thomas's picture

Heya Mike,

Of course - you're one of the first people im following :) If and when you got the time, ive uploaded an image to my portfolio here that was completely inspired by your DVD and would love your thoughts on it when you get a chance... Until then, all the best dude! :)


Hotel Schindlerhof - Bordeaux Lounge by Shayne Thomas

Jaron Schneider's picture

This site is so addictive eh? I don't even need Facebook anymore.