Who is Mike Neubauer? Well, I can tell you that I’m an award-winning landscape photographer and I’ve been on the cover of blah blah blah and go on and on with awards, distinctions and other tokens of honor that I am truly humbled about. But that doesn’t really tell the story of who I am, does it?
So, let’s get the basics out of the way: I was born in Chicago (Go Cubs!) went to college at the Art Institute of Colorado where I graduated with top honors and was mentored by a couple top notch photographers in Denver and Italy before making my way out to Maui, Hawaii in 2002. Ever since then I’ve been working tirelessly to get better every day at what I do.
Now let’s get to the meat:
I’m just a guy with a taste for 1982 Mouton Rothschild and prosciutto crudo while tap-dancing on the poverty line. In my mind I drive a Tesla Model S (white, P85D) but in reality I’m cruising along in an old pickup truck. I’m a guy with a million brilliant ideas that pull me every which way, but I can’t ever seem to focus on just one. I’m a guy who gives everything I have to anything I undertake, but really only excel at one thing…
I’m a really good photographer.
A lover of music (Black Sabbath to Buddy Guy), sports and life, I’m married to my best friend, am father to the world’s cutest baby, and every day is better than the last. I spend most of my time at home in Maui, Hawaii, but travel about a month or two out of every year to photograph the world’s most beautiful landscapes.
I have an affinity for adventure and an awe for the natural world. I feel closest to God when I’m out enjoying His natural landscapes. There is a passion woven through the fabric of my being to explore and create and be the best at what I do as I possibly can be. I get anxious when I sit still for too long and complacency is equal to death in my eyes. I yearn to learn, to grow to be better every day, at my craft and as a person. When my time here is done, I want to be able to feel at peace knowing that I used every ounce of talent and creativity The Lord gave me.
I am eternally grateful for all the blessings in my life and for what I’ve been able to accomplish thus far. I’m thankful for the people who helped me publish my first book, The Kingdom of Maui: A Photographer’s Journey which received two honorable distinctions from the International Photography Awards competition. I’ve even started working on another book to be released within the next year (hopefully). And I’m thankful for anyone who is actually reading this. Thank you! My photography is a passion and I bleed for it, so thank you for appreciating it!
Well that’s me, Mike Neubauer. Now, how about telling me about you!