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Mike Long

Mike Long


A very American Englishman Mike Long: 

I have been lucky enough to have had two births the first was in the very early 1970s in England. I lived a very happy, if somewhat beige life, settling in London where I lived for over 10 years. I was then reborn when my wife and I moved to America where my life has taken many twists and turns, and has certainly been full of color! Shortly before moving to the Pacific Northwest we had our first baby, and shortly after we arrived we added another, both boys full of energy, questions and funny smells!
My photography career began many moons ago when my workmates grew increasingly annoyed at my arrogant belief that I could easily produce better portraits than the ones we were retouching.
This was way back in time before Photoshop was given away free with a box of cereal and any spotty teenager believed they were a retoucher with young enthusiasm, I bought my first professional camera and set about proving them all wrong. It wasn't as easy as it looked, but a life long obsession with the craft had begun and off I went into the world of professional photography. Along the way, I’ve captured over 200 weddings, photographed babies, kids and motor racing.

Portland Pin-Ups began when a young pin-up model, Cherry Dollface, helped me test some lights and showed me some basic pin-up poses. I was hooked and soon a new business was born. Marrying my skills as a retoucher and photographer, I created a brand new niche of photography one that has been imitated and mimicked ever since! Years later, pin-ups have taken me around the world presenting workshops to photographers in Canada, Australia and on a 13 city tour around America. I have been honored to present a platform class at the annual Wedding and Portrait Photographers convention in Las Vegas for the last 5 years and stood on stage at the MGM feeling like Elvis. I’m sure at least 20% of the audience understood my accent!