BIO/Michael Van Auken

Michael Van Auken has been recording the history of people's lives for more than thirty years. MVA is accomplished in the art of photojournalism, portraiture, pictorial photography and is fluent in Adobe Photoshop. After many years of running a successful photography studio in Pleasant Hill, in 2002 he joined Cantrell Portrait Design as senior associate photographer where he specializes in family portraits and special event photography. Since then he has become the director of marketing.

MVA is a founding member of both Northern California Professional Photographers and California Photographic Workshops. He was the inaugural president of NCPP in 1998 and currently serves on the board of directors. He has presented numerous educational programs for professional photography associations including The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International in Las Vegas (WPPI) and the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers in the United Kingdom. In 2007 MVA was awarded one of the top album awards from WPPI. He received NCPP’s Print of the Year in 2006 and was named Photographer of the Year in 2007.

MVA is dedicated to providing impeccable service and quality photographs. His personal mission, and marketing catch phrase, is “making sure you look great and have fun in the process.”