Michael Cockerham is a professional photographer with 16 years experience exceeding the needs of his clients. Innovative, distinctive and reliable: three catchwords that sum up Michael's belief that image matters.
Working as a commercial, social and editorial photographer, he specialises in understanding what his clients are trying to achieve with the imagery they require. This intuitive approach often results in images that the client had never considered but which better fit the stated aims of the original commission. Michael's approach is to listen, understand and deliver: consistently, on time and to budget. His commercial client list includes the Marine Stewardship Council, the Bourne Group, C3i (Metropolitan Police), Burson-Marstellar, Houlihan Lokey, Charles Barker BSMG Worldwide, Greggs of Twickenham, Primary Insurance Group, Samsung Heavy Industries, and the Humberts Group to name a few. As a wedding photographer he is frequently booked years in advance working literally all over the world. His distinctive reportage style honed from a background in documentary photography, has been praised by all is clients, as has his engaging manner. Customers often comment that he seems to achieve the impossible being everywhere present, and simultaneously visible and invisible.
Entirely self trained, Michael is technically accomplished in all aspects of photography including: large and medium format film cameras, advanced modern digital systems, wet process printing of black and white and colour images to exhibition standard, digital output to exhibition standard and advanced Photoshop techniques. His work has been published worldwide and hangs in a number of private collections. Chairman of the RPS Visual Journalism Group, the photography coordinator for UK Skills, a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, and a mentor for the Ideas Foundation, Michael became the first photographer in history to get a newspaper by-line in orbit in October 2008, and was one of the few Western photojournalists present in Kobe, Japan when the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake struck On January 17 1995. He is available for assignments worldwide.