Michael Montez

Based in Portland, Oregon, I am an aspiring photographer, comedian, baker, and adult. For real money, I sell my skills as a Certified Salesforce Administrator.

All the images on this site were created by myself using a Sony A series camera or an iPhone, and edited using Luminar. If you have any questions about how something was captured, created, or edited, please ask. I am happy to help. If you would like to purchase an image, I am happy to sell one to you.

A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
~Ansel Adams (1902 – 1984)
Konica and Sigma
My dad bought a camera for my mom back when they were dating. This is that camera. I took it from her some time ago and used it throughout high school and college.

This work by Michael Montez is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at http://michaelmontez.com.

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…are motivation…
…are inspiration…
…are direction…
…are limitations…
…are never-ending…
…should have an ending.

Project: Portraits

Project Statement

Why do we stop taking annual portraits after we leave school? We keep changing, we should capture and memorialize the change. Cameras are everywhere and now, more than ever, a great photo of yourself is useful but we use selfies with bad lighting. I think we need to bring back the annual portrait.

With this project, I intended to photography 25 subjects using basic but dramatic lighting setups. If you would like to be part of the portrait project, please request a free session using the form below the gallery.

More about Project: Portraits and view ongoing gallery >>

Project: Street Lights

Project Statement

2015-2019: Street Photography from the city of Portland Oregon.

I started this project back in 2015 as I commuted to the downtown and Pearl areas of Portland. Each day, I wanted to identify the daily elements that make up the great city of Portland.

View the ongoing Street Lights gallery >>

Project: Division Street

Project Statement

The city of Portland (PDX) is in flux. Division Street in the South-East area is one of the fastest changing segments of the city. It is also the area I call home.

View the ongoing Division Street gallery >>