Michelle “Meesh” Flowers is a photographic renegade who, enchanted by the art and photography she was exposed to as a child, picked up the camera at age 13 and has yet to put it down. Even as a freshmen in high school, Meesh’s curiosity about the art of photography could not be sated.She stole into classes at Film Media Educational Cooperative [FMEC] (a program sponsored by Oprah Winfrey), even though the program was only for High School Juniors and Seniors. Meesh was officially admitted into FMEC the program in 1999 and began studying film photography and creating short films.
Temple University was her next stop. There she majored in Interdepartmental Communication where her artistic scope was broaden to include journalism, television production, radio, new media, and graphic design. At Temple, Meesh continued build her photographic muscles spending at least 3 hours a day in the darkroom developing film, shooting for the university’s paper The Temple Times, and showing at school exhibits.During and after her undergraduate studies, Meesh began to work at portrait studios. Although exciting opportunities did come her way,including work for The Philadelphia Eagles and The Philadelphia Inquirer, it would not be long before her dynamic view of what photography is outgrew suffocated scope of portrait package biz.
Upon relocating to Charlotte in 2008, Meesh decided to shoot the most alive folks she could find ... artists.Via mixing and splicing of ideas, and her unrelenting desire to grow as an artist Meesh’s work has matured into bold, colorful, artistic statements about the beauty of the everyday.
Local Work: The Carolina Panthers, Q City Metro, Creative Loafing, Carolina Women Today Magazine, Ovaground Media Mogul, YMCA GreaterCharlotte, On Q Productions Hip Hop Unplugged, Bush Broads (book),Distinguished Cravat, The Mint Museum, Charlotte Fashion Week 2009, Korto Momolu Rip the Runway(2010), Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2014
National Work: FitnessMagazine, GQ Magazine
What She Shoots: modelportfolios, artist portfolios, commercial photography,families, kids, sports, weddings,head shots, events, concerts and anything else you can think of.
Locations: Studio(Gastonia, NC), indoor, outdoor, on location (upon request. additional fees mayapply)
Personal Statement: “I show the world through my lens the way people usually don't get to see themselves...vulnerable, pure, real..un-posed...I like to capture each subject for who they are...although I can shoot everything...I enjoy shooting people in their element doing what they do...I take a photojournalist approach to photography as well as an artistic approach while editing...I love bright colors and shiny things...my photography is full of life and character...I don't care for plastic photography...u know where the person is so airbrushed that they look fake...I do enjoy shooting concerts...and events...I do a lot of lifestyle editorial shooting...portraits with beautiful regular people who have a light that I want to highlight and make shine. I think of photography as a form of therapy for me and my customers...Photo therapy..a place where one can truly be free...”