Creative Portraits

Creative. Unique. You

The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique. ~ Walt Disney

Who are you? What are your hopes and dreams? Your likes and dislikes? Your goals for the future? Your favorite memories from the past? The places you’ve traveled? The people you’ve met? The languages you speak?

Your fingerprint on the world and the effect you have over everything in your life is truly one-of-a-kind. I believe we all have a purpose. My purpose is to capture the heart and soul of every individual who steps in front of my lens. My purpose is to capture your purpose. I understand what it means for you to open up and allow me to photograph your vulnerabilities, strengths, dreams, and everything that makes you unique. Together, we will create a very distinct and compelling portrait. It is a deeply personal experience, one that I never take for granted.

It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way. ~ Tim Burton

This experience is about who you are. It is nothing short of everything and anything you choose to express. It can be as creative, goofy, and fun as you’d like it to be. It can be serious and sophisticated. It will be emotive.

I believe we will always have the desire to reflect on our memories and retell stories of the profound experiences that have shaped our lives. However, it isn’t everyday you can create a stunning visual portrait that will live beyond your lifetime and tell your story for generations to come. My goal is to capture your energy, character, and connection to the world, to freeze a moment in time that tells the story of your personality and perspective.

I want everyone I photograph to feel like they’re on the cover of a magazine, or the main character in their favorite story. ~Mike Lloyd

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I am a hopeful romantic, a curious traveler, a passionate artist, and an inquisitive learner. I never stop striving to educate myself in regards to the world around me. I live to discover the history of where I am and the culture and ideologies of the people I meet. I am always encouraging others to do the same. Exploring my surroundings has always been a passion and a priority and this is the attitude and goal I bring to every photo shoot. I am always exploring new techniques, locations, moods, and stories and the various other ways to tell them.

Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life ~Confucius

I am a Campbell, California native and an SJSU graduate with degrees in hospitality management and business. There is so much innovation in the heart of Silicon Valley. It’s difficult to not be inspired by the continuous creation and recreation of ideas and the diversity this area has to offer. With a seemingly infinite stream of art pouring from all directions, I manage to pull inspiration from just about anywhere, aiding in fulfilling my continuous need and desire to create. Some of my ideas come from movies, music, architecture, and even interior design. Life inspires me.

I immerse myself in the outdoors as much as possible. You might find me hiking, fishing, and rock climbing, then swirling a glass of wine in the kitchen whipping up some fine faire for my closest friends. I’m a huge WWII history buff and travel sales are my Achilles’ heal. San Francisco is another community that I find absolutely fascinating and inspiring. I love dressing up and attending costume parties and events in one of the most prolific cities in the world.  

My name is Mike Lloyd and there is nothing on this planet (or elsewhere) that gives me purpose like exploring photography.

When you become the image of your own imagination, it’s the most powerful thing you could ever do. ~RuPaul

Going through the photos was a highly personalized and fun part of the experience. ~Analiese D.

fireplaceAs a professional photographer, I take great pride in offering a full-service experience to every one of my clients. You get my experience, creativity, guidance, and my full attention. I will guide you through the entire experience and ensure that you get the most out of your time with me, and long after as your new portraits grace the walls of your home.

It all starts with an invitation to my office so we can get to know a bit about each other and find out exactly which aspects of your life you’d like to show off in your portraits. We’ll choose the perfect time and location, and take a look at the different ways to display the finished artwork in your home.

Mike did an amazing job on my family portrait. The prints turned out gorgeous. ~ Daljeet B.

As a professional photographer, I take great pride in offering a full-service experience to every client. You will receive my experience, creativity, guidance, efficiency, and undivided attention. From start to finish, I will guide you through the entire process, ensuring you receive the most out of your time with me.

It begins with an in-person introduction and collaboration at my office. This is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for me to discover the aspects of your life and personality you’d most like to depict in your portraits. This will help ensure we’re on the same page and guarantee that our day of shooting will be fun and stress-free. From there, we’ll choose the perfect location and a time that works with your schedule. Lastly, we’ll preview the various ways to display the finished artwork in your home.

On the day of your shoot, my talented styling team will pamper you with a glass of Champagne (or non-alcoholic cider) and a complete makeover. Your hair will be professionally styled and your makeup will be professionally applied. Each portrait session also includes wardrobe styling with a complimentary rental from Rent the Runway or Dreamshoot Rentals. Go big or go home, right!? We will help you pick out fashionable wardrobe that’ll leave you looking and feeling your best. We strive to ensure your experience is relaxing while we work to enhance all of your incredible qualities.

One week after your photo shoot session, we will meet again in my office to choose your favorite portraits and the best way to display them. The selection process is simple, and I will personally deliver the finished prints to your home roughly two weeks after the selection process.

My session fee is $250, which includes everything above.
Gift size prints start at $65 and wall portraits start at $575.
And to make it easy for you to share your images with friends and family,
I include a customized mobile gallery with the digital version of each image you print.

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Amazing photographs. Mike likes to think outside of the box for his models, resulting in edgy, beautiful pictures. He picks perfect scenes for each specific model and follows it with very professional editing.


Mike is my go-to photographer for all my client photo shoots. My clients are consistently impressed with his professionalism and appreciate his direction, creativity and humor to produce the best shots.

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I had the pleasure of working with Mike to get professional photos taken of my business and I couldn’t be happier with the results.


Mike is the best photographer in town. A very fun person to work with. He captured the soul of our family.


Prepare to enjoy your initial viewing! Going through the photos was a highly personalized and fun part of the experience.