Mike Smolowe is a talented photographer and surfer who grew up outside of Philadelphia and currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He shoots a lot of lifestyle, travel, surfing and commercial photography. Photography had always been a childhood hobby, but it wasn’t until Mike started surfing in high school that his future began to take shape. As his obsession with the ocean grew, so did his interest in documenting it from every angle. It didn’t take long for Mike to give up his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian and move to California to study commercial photography at the world-renowned Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara.
During his studies Mike developed a style that gained attention from his peers. His photography transcended the classic surf-photography aesthetic and brought a unique commercial feel to the edgy surf culture. While in school Mike interned with photo editor Peter Taras at Surfing Magazine and was published in an array of well known publications such as Surfer, GQ, and The LA Times, as well as selected as a finalist for both Red Bull Illume’s image Quest and The Follow the Light grant, two of the most coveted achievements in surf photography.