Mike Tittel is an advertising and commercial photographer who recently relocated to the Upper Midwest. He specializes in sports, fitness and active lifestyle images shot on location worldwide. Follow along on Instagram @miketittel or check out his main website at www.miketittel.com
A shot of a single object that expresses a powerful memory/event?
Back in 2010 I had the opportunity to spend some time in Honduras on a mission/humanitarian trip with my wife and the school she taught for at the time. They had adopted a village in a remote part of the country and this image of elderly man holding his Bible takes brings back memories of that community and the people there.
Three books that have inspired you?
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – THE business classic which I first read when I very started my business. I’ve reread it multiple times throughout my career and even though it was first published in the 1930’s it’s couldn’t be more relevant in today’s digital age.
Anything by Seth Godin – although I don’t find any of his ideas particularly ground breaking there is something about his books that get me thinking about business and my approach in new ways. Two of my favourites of his are The Purple Cow and The Dip.
The Bible: As a Christian I find great inspiration in scripture.
Favourite photo you have taken?
Professional it would have to be the photo below. At the time I created it I was just moving into shooting more mainstream sports and although the image is several years old it still feels super relevant in my portfolio.
What has been your favourite adventure?
I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve been able to travel quite a bit throughout my career and have some amazing adventures in wild places across the globe. Honestly though none of those come remotely close to that of being a father. It’s been the most challenging yet rewarding adventure of my life and with our third kid on the way I’m pretty sure it’s about to get even more rewarding.
If you could explore space or the sea (with no risks!) where would you choose?
I would have to say the sea. I’ve always been like a fish in the water and although I have never got my dive certificate it’s been on my bucket list for years.
Where has been the most beautiful place you’ve visited?
There are two that immediately come to mind. For raw untouched wilderness it would have to be Patagonia in Southern Chile. Amazing mix of mountains, unique forests and rugged coast. There is also something very magical about the North Shore of Kauai with it’s stunning beaches and quintessential tropical vibe.
Where is the weirdest place that you have slept?
Not sure this is ‘weird’ but a number of years ago a friend and I decided to take the ferry from Bellingham, Washington to Ketchikan Alaska at the start of a 2 week kayaking expedition in SE Alaska. It¹s a cool experience since they allow you to pitch a tent on the deck of of the boat. For three days we cruised up in the Inside Passage each day waking up surrounded by new scenery.
If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would you choose?
I wouldn’t want to do it full time due to the lack of seasons but I’ve always thought it would be pretty amazing to live on the North Shore of Kauai.