My Journey

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Michael Ruiz Owner Creative Images by Michael

Creative Images by Michael

21764 W. Cheyenne Dr. Buckeye Az. 85326

Office 623 386-3248 Cell 623 205-4102

My journey in photography started when I was a young boy, at the age of 10 my father handed me a Kodak Brownie box camera….I knew from that moment that I was destined to be a professional photographer!
In high school I was the staff photographer for the newspaper and yearbook. I also began assisting for a professional photographer who was a friend of the family.  I graduated college with an Associates Art Degree in Photography and began working for the one of the most well-known commercial photographers in Arizona. 
As I gained more photographic knowledge, I became interested in Portrait Photography.  Shortly thereafter, I found myself working for a portrait studio in Phoenix and totally immersed myself in the style of portraits and the creation of family, schools, sports and event photography; also taking on a role at Logan and Associates as a staff photographer and photographic assistant.  Eventually I moved to Updike Studios where I remained in the position of Assistant Director of Photography .
Starting Creative Images by Michael in 2005 has been a fantastic journey, not only do I get to do what I love every day but also can share my love for photography with Arizona’s youth as the State Chair for SKILLS USA since 2009. SKILLS is a statewide CTE program sponsored by the Arizona Department of Education in photography. Every year we put on a 2-day contest challenging  young adults to format the knowledge and the skills they have learned both in and outside of the classroom. The Arizona winner moves on to Nationals to compete.  In 2019 I was selected by the Arizona Department of Education to participate in the designing of the State Standards for our Educators.
I started Creative Images by Michael with a simple concept in mind and that is to provide a product to my clients that they will cherish for a lifetime. I have always felt that Portrait Photography freezes a personal moment / time in someone’s life. Whether it is family portraits, senior portraits, sports, weddings, events, or school photography I am always honored to be the photographer that you have selected to capture that moment and create a memory that will last a lifetime
Thank You for considering Creative Images by Michael!