About Mike Shipman

Mike Shipman, photographerI'm a self-taught fine art, commercial, and editorial photographer with a degree in wildlife biology. My photographic interests are wide-ranging, from landscapes and environmental issues to hot rods and the human figure. My background in the natural sciences and ecology has helped me develop a "big picture" view of the world and, along with continuous practice honing my photographic vision, I feel I'm able to be aware of my surroundings in a way that creates more photographic opportunities and enriches my "seeing" and interpreting the world around me.

I work in the studio as well as outdoors and on location. I shoot primarily digital now, but continue to use analog processes because I love the hands-on aspect of creating art. I still have a stockpile of Polaroid film that I will shoot until it is finished and I also work with the cyanotype process. Services and Capabilities.

I love to teach and help others grow in the art of photography in informal classroom settings and during workshops in Idaho and throughout the world. Workshops are conducted in small groups (less than 10) to ensure personal attention and ease of group movement on location. Classes are generally taught in a classroom setting in Boise, but can be held anywhere. I'm quite open-minded about technique and subject matter and believe an artist should understand the fundamentals of their art, but beyond that the application of technique, use of materials, and presentation is up to the individual artist.

My fine art prints are made with archival, museum quality materials and are available in a variety of sizes.

My commercial and editorial photography website is at http://www.mikeshipman.com

Professional Memberships

ASMP: American Society of Media Photographers (Mountain West Chapter, past president)

Select Exhibitions


Phoenix Rising, Owyhee Hotel, Boise, ID, 2017
Alexa Rose Foundation, Boise, ID, 2016
Month of Photography-Boise, ID, 2014
See.Me Gallery, New York, NY, 2013
Foray I & II, Boise, ID 2011, 2012
House of Art, Aspen Lofts, Boise, ID 2010
Living in Idaho, Idaho State Capitol, Boise, ID 2010
Basement Gallery, Boise, ID 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
Embassy of Uruguay in The Hague, Netherlands, 2008
Miami Center for Photography, Miami, FL 2007
Nova Southeastern Univ., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2007
Gallery at Hyde Park, Boise, ID 2007
Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID 2001
Cole Marr Gallery, Boise, ID 1999, 2000


Basement Gallery, Boise, ID 2002 - 2003

Other Works

Collaboration - a multi-media production with the Treasure Valley Concert Band and Idaho Photographic Workshop. Boise Music Week 2008
How can we have a satisfying life without beauty? - Baggley Park Public Art Installation, Boise, ID. Permanent installation commemorating the life of George Baggley, 2007
Contribution: Essence of Life, a suicide prevention and awareness art event, Boise State Univ. 2006

Services and Capabilities

Fine Art Prints
Photography Classes and Workshops
Personal Artistic Portraiture
Artist Portfolios (artwork photography, headshots)
Location Scouting
Model and Actor Headshots and Portfolios

Editorial and Assignment
Corporate Portraits
Travel Photography
Annual Reports
Stock Photography

In-studio or on location worldwide
Color-managed Adobe Photoshop post-processing and retouching
Online image proofing via password-protected galleries
Image transfer via secure download, FTP, CD, or DVD
24/7 online stock photography licensing and secure image download
Slide and Negative film scanning
Personal courteous, prompt customized service