Michelle Whitmore is a photographer, who specialises in macro images of insects, abstracts as well as floral fine art.
Michelle's interest in garden wildlife and particularly macro photography developed while she was studying for her degree in Environmental Science with the Open University. Michelle found that photography played a large part in the way that she could record information about environments and habitats. The images were helpful in identifying plant, insect, lichen and bird species, rock formations and other items found on field-trips. They also played a valuable part in her assignments and dissertation as she used them to compliment her work and to show her findings.
When Michelle finished her degree in 2010, she had more time to spend on her photography and soon upgraded her equipment from a bridge camera to a DSLR and a dedicated macro lens. Since then, Michelle has taken to exploring the bug world from even closer quarters and has embraced the world of super-macro photography with great success.
Over the past few years, Michelle has been awarded her Associate qualification with the SINWP, an additional Associate with the SWPP and a Licentiate with the Royal Photographic Society. She has been nominated by her peers at The Societies for the Science and Nature Photographer of the Year in 2011 and again in 2012 and was runner-up on each occasion.
Michelle has given a number of talks at The Societies annual Convention in London 2013, 2014 & 2015 and at local camera clubs on a variety of subjects.
Michelle has written a number of articles and has had images published in Professional ImageMaker and and Photography Monthly magazine. She has taken her writing one step further and, with the help of some very important small people, Michelle has just completed the first in a series of books on Photography Activities for Kids; the first book is entitled Creating Patterns and is available from Purple Chameleon Books.
Michelle sees her style of photography as more of a scientific / educational style of subjects which are right under our noses yet often taken for-granted, and the books appear to be taking a similar direction.