Behind The Lens

About Michael S. Wentzel Photography

Founded in 2019, Michael S. Wentzel Photography started as a fashion portrait business, showcasing rising models in Manhattan.  With many magazine covers published and multiple billboards on display in Times Square, the business thrived and many models found their way in the fashion world with the help of their professional images.  This invaluable experience led us to working with individual businesses and medium size corporations in the Manhattan area.

Our mission is to craft compelling images that not only capture the genuine essence of our clients but also reflect the style and sophistication synonymous with the vibrant energy of Manhattan. With a foundation rooted in fashion photography, we strive to bring forth a fusion of creativity ensuring every headshot is a timeless representation of our clients’ authentic brand.

We offer a comfortable experience for our clients to ensure that we capture genuine expressions and images that our clients are proud to display, even if they feel they are not photogenic.   We have several packages available that include headshots to full body portraits to ensure that your brand is expertly represented.

Our process is as simple as schedule, capture, and publish.  We offer free consultations to ensure that we understand your needs and we provide you with guidance before you are presented in front of the camera.  Our expert guidance before, during, and even after the shoot will establish a foundation for images that you will be thrilled to share.

My name is Michael, owner and lead photographer at Michael S. Wentzel Photography.  I’m originally from Toronto, Canada, but moved to Manhattan with my family over 6 years ago.  I completed my studies at the New York Institute of Photography and have been trained by one of the world’s premier headshot photographers, Peter Hurley.

I started as a fashion portrait photographer, with many published magazine covers and multiple billboards in Times Square.  I quickly learned that I was able to make a valuable connection working with people by capturing their authentic essence through the lens.  This, coupled with the changes in today’s digital landscape, professional headshots have become a crucial first impression for individuals and businesses bridging the gap between virtual interactions and real-world connections.  These images establish credibility, trust, and professionalism and should be a true reflection of your brand.  I specialize in making people comfortable in front of a camera, especially for those who feel they are not photogenic.  My expert guidance will ensure that we capture genuine expressions that will create images you will be proud to publish.

When you book your headshot session with me, you are getting much more than a photographer, you’re getting a personal experience.  I believe that it is important for you to build confidence with me as your photographer and I do this through pre-shoot consultations and in person discussions before I click the shutter.  

Your final edited and retouched images are delivered to you in a timely fashion and can be specifically cropped and sized to meet your individual needs.

Testimonials That Paint a Portrait of Our Excellence

Christina PlumadoreChristina Plumadore
16:01 02 Jan 24
Michael made my sister & I feel so comfortable in front of the camera! I highly suggest using him for headshots and other photography! We did a shoot for our family for Christmas and I had my headshot updated. Great experience and will definitely go back!
Julia PlumadoreJulia Plumadore
21:05 09 Dec 23
Michael S. Wentzel Photography exceeded my expectations! Michael's keen eye captures moments beautifully, and his attention to detail is truly remarkable. The quality of the photos is outstanding, and working with him was a pleasure. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a talented and professional photographer!
Tom FinkelstonTom Finkelston
14:59 11 Nov 23
Great photography. Mike was very knowledgeable and helpful, and was able to turn around the photos quickly
Getting a headshot for LinkedIn from Michael was a great end-to-end experience. He's extremely responsive, personable, and great at providing general direction and information on how to optimize your shoot. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a headshot!
Tara SimonsonTara Simonson
17:05 06 Oct 23
It was great working with Michael. He provided helpful guidance to get a good shot and we had plenty of time to make adjustments, do outfit changes, etc. Love how the photos turned out as well. He was very professional and I'd definitely work with him again. Highly recommend!
Kira GodfredKira Godfred
20:02 11 Sep 23
I had a fantastic experience taking headshots with Mike last Friday! The atmosphere was comfortable and professional, making it easy to get the perfect shot. He was patient, provided excellent guidance, and he made the process extremely enjoyable. I received my photos promptly and they exceeded all expectations. Highly recommend!
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