Photographer, Video Producer/Director

27 Northwestern Lake Road White Salmon, WA 541-399-2259


Michael is the founder and creative force behind Peterson Pro Media, he is a lifestyle photographer and filmmaker who captures environmental portraits and expansive landscapes. His love of the outdoors and passion for the preservation of the land, animals and those who live in it lends the imagery he captures to be timeless and relevant.

Before returning home to the Pacific Northwest Michael spent 20 years working in film and television in Hollywood. His visual effects film credits include Independence Day, Armageddon, Contact and Star Trek First Contact. He has worked on dozens of music videos and national broadcast commercials.

Michael’s recent directorial work includes:

Dammed to Extinction. (Released 2019) This award willing documentary film explores the connection between the endangered Southern Resident orcas and the Columbia River chinook salmon.

The Last Nutcracker (Released 2017). This behind the scenes documentary chronicles the year leading up to a small town’s final performance of The Nutcracker Ballet.

The Rapid Decline of the Deschutes River (Released 2017) This short film depicts the recent environmental tragedy taking place on this Oregon waterway.

Michael's work can be seen in advertising campaigns and editorial stories.  Some clients include: Seattle Times Magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine,  Pfriem Family Brewers, Insitu, Naish Hawaii, Bellevue College, Woodbury University, Playworks, The Gorge Magazine, Hood River County Chamber of Commerce,  Skamania Lodge, The Drake Magazine, Columbia Gorge Winegrowers, Gaiam TV, Travel Oregon, Carnegie Mellon University/Tony Awards.

Michael is an instrument rated private pilot and holds a commercial drone (sUAS) certificate.

Michael’s company, Peterson Pro Media, owns professional still cameras, video cameras, lighting and audio equipment. Partial list includes: Canon C200 M2, 4k video camera Canon EOS 5D M4, still camera Canon XC15 4k Video camera Canon lenses 14mm through 400mm Rhode NGT 2 shotgun microphones Rhodelink Lavalier microphones Dracast LED constant lights GoPro Hero 6 and 7 DJI Phantom 4 drone (sUas)

Additional information and company details available upon request.

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