My name is Mike Seehagel, and I am a photographer and motion designer living in Alberta.
Working as a motion designer for the last five years has given me the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects for clients locally as well as internationally. Whether its storyboarding, animating or editing a documentary, the basis to a good video is being able to tell a story, and evoke emotion in the viewer. Often times I found myself challenged to strip away parts of a video, clean up the design, remove unnecessary footage, and redesign elements over and over again, all in order to communicate the message in the simplest and clearest way possible. Ultimately, that is what lead to photography becoming a bigger part in my life. Creating emotion and insight for the viewer, in one image.
Since starting Great North Collective with David and Chris, I have been working at ways to incorporate photography more into my day to day life. Design, animation and photography are all closely tied together, and I have been able to find a balance between the three that keeps me inspired. Each role has its own challenges, mindsets and opportunities that come along with it, and recently an opportunity that came to me was to become the photographer for Camp Brand Goods. To capture the personality, message and mood of their brand, through my photography.
"We've had the pleasure of working with Mike on all of our campaigns and look books over the past year. Mike is a work horse with an incredible eye, and the skills to make a shot. As far as we are concerned, he has played an integral part in our success and is a valued member of the Camp family. Also we must mention, he (and his fiancé) absolutely kill the karaoke scene; Good people we are honoured to call our friends."
- Connor Gould & Leslie McNeilly, Camp Brand Goods
Generally speaking I feel most at home outdoors, near a campfire in the mountains. Working as the photographer for Camp Brand Goods this past year has given me the opportunity to work outdoors, near a campfire in the mountains, but also work outside of my comfort zone. It gives me the chance to collaborate with the creators, models and to tell the story of their brand. Which is something I get to do daily with motion design, but is refreshing and important to me to do the same through another medium.