Welcome to the web site of internationally renowned award-winning photographer, Michael ONeill. Now retired, this experienced veteran photographer served the Long Island, NY and the Greater New York City (NYC) area for almost 40 years. Today his web site stays online with new images added regularly; documenting his passion for long distance motorcycle touring as he continues to add to his body of fine art photographic work. His studio and gallery, was located on Larkfield Road in East Northport, NY since 1984. Michael's talents are diverse as evidenced by the various photo galleries and portfolios you will see on this site. He studied with some of the most prominent, legendary photographers and educators in the industry. His passion for his craft, coupled with his imaginative, creative style made him one of the most sought after, in demand professional photographers in the industry. Here are some of the different genres of photography that Michael practiced (as described in his original working web site).
Michael's studio is located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York but he is available for assignment anywhere in the world. His primary area of operation is on Long Island where he has worked at every exceptional catering venue including The Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon, NY, Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook, NY, The Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack, NY, Larkfield Manor in East Northport, NY, The Watermill Inn in Smithtown, NY, Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY, The Royalton at The Roslyn Country Club in Roslyn Heights, NY, Land's End in Sayville, NY, Lombardi's on the Sound in Belle Terre, Port Jefferson, NY, The Harbor Club at Prime in Huntington, NY, The Fox Hollow Inn in Woodbury, NY, Giorgio's Caterers in Baiting Hollow, NY, The Bridgeview Yacht Club in Island Park, NY, The Allegria in Long Beach, NY, The deSeversky Mansion in Old Westbury, NY, The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, NY, Crestwood Manor in Fort Salonga, NY, Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, NY, Atlantis Aquarium in Riverhead, NY, The Carltun at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY, The Glen Cove Mansion in Glen Cove, NY, Chateau Briand in Westbury, NY, Flowerfield Celebrations in St. James, NY, Lombardi's on the Bay in Patchogue, NY, The North Ritz Club in Syosset, NY, The Metropolitan in Glen Cove, NY, The Sand Castle in Franklin Square, NY, Jericho Terrace in Mineola, NY, Chateau LaMer in Lindenhurst, NY, Martha Clara Vineyard, The Bourne Mansion, The Inn at New Hyde Park in New Hyde Park, NY, The Hyatt Regency Long Island At The Wind Watch Country Club in Hauppauge, NY, Westbury Manor in Westbury, NY, Russo's on the Bay in Howard Beach, Queens, NY, The Crescent Beach Club in Bayville, NY, Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue, NY, Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, NY, Raphael Vineyard in Peconic, NY, Gurney's Inn, Montauk Manor and The Montauk Yacht Club in Montauk, NY, The Hamlet Willow Creek in Mt. Sinai, NY, East Wind Caterers in Wading River, NY, Oceanbleu (formerly Atlantica) at The Westhampton Bath and Tennis Club in Westhampton Beach, NY, El Caribe and Riviera Caterers In Brooklyn, NY and countless other smaller, more intimate venues and private estate events. Off Long Island Michael has covered events at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ, Marina Del Rey in the Bronx, NY, The Surf Club in New Rochelle, NY, The Emerson Resort and Spa in Mt. Tremper, NY, The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in Poughkeepsie, NY, and New York City venues: The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Gotham Hall, Tribeca 360, The Bowery Hotel, The Essex House, The Plaza, The Ritz Carlton Battery Park, The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, The Waldorf Astoria, The Pierre, The Park Lane Hotel, Tavern on the Green & The Water Club. Michael also is available for destination weddings nationwide and throughout the Caribbean. He has covered events in Virginia, Maryland, Florida and in Punta Cana in The Dominican Republic.
Michael's wedding photography has been described as the perfect blend of traditional elegance and contemporary styling. He knows just how to "pose" you, your bridal party and your family to make everyone look their absolute best, yet he does so with an unobtrusive, casual style that brings out the best of everybody's features and personality. He adopts a candid, photojournalistic style for a great part of the event, allowing you to enjoy every precious moment of the big day. Your images will be many and they will include glamorous bridal portraits, stunning environmental images, exquisite shots of all of your carefully-chosen details, intimate shots of your ceremony and candid shots of every single moment of the day. You will have your own web site and gallery online, after the event, where you, your friends and family can visit and view all of the extraordinary images Michael and his team create on your wedding day. Michael is an extremely talented digital artist and will personally edit, retouch and enhance every single image. Almost all of Michael's clients commission him to design and create a finished bound wedding album...the first heirloom you and your spouse will create together as a couple...one you will cherish for a lifetime of memories.
In addition to his awesome wedding photography, Michael creates dramatic portraits for advertising, editorial, corporate and private clients. His portraits capture the true essence of his subjects. An art director at one major NYC advertising agency stated that "Michael doesn't just produce portraits...he captures personalities". Combining his skills as a digital artist, one of Michael's trademark techniques is to composite images together...placing the right person in the perfect place without logistical restraints. Corporate clients have leveraged this skill to place their executive officers in strategic locations without them ever having to leave their offices. Advertising and editorial clients have exploited this talent to put local New York City models and talent in extraordinary far off locations without ever having to leave The Big Apple. In this day and age of computer digital imaging virtually anything is possible. Let Michael use his skills and creativity to produce dynamic images for your next corporate, advertising or editorial project. A partial list of some of the clients who have done so includes: Altarbound Bridal, Audiovox Corporation, Avis Car Rental, The Boomer Esiason/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Bridal World, CMR Advertising & Design, Calvin Klein Eyewear, Computer Associates, Comp USA, Fujifilm North America, Greenstone Rabasca Advertising, Hazeltine Corporation, International Hydron, LB Bridal, Loiacono & Associates Advertising, Nikon USA, The New York Jets NHL Football Franchise, and Twinlab Corporation.
In addition to his commercial portrait work Michael can be commissioned for unique personal portrait projects. Michael has done numerous "lifestyle" sessions for individuals, families and other groups. Maybe you're looking for an incredibly flattering set of images for an online dating or matchmaking site. Maybe you're looking for a truly professional business portrait for use on social media sites such as LinkedIn or simply to add to business letters, business cards, email communications, newsletters, etc. Perhaps it's an intimate boudoir session for that special man in your life. Maybe it's a family portrait at your beach house or on your boat. Michael even creates dynamic head shots for models, actors, actresses, musicians and other entertainers. Whatever concept you may have in mind for a truly special portrait, Michael would love to collaborate with you.
What originally started as a personal project for Michael has now grown into an integral component of the services he offers from his New York based studio. Always an avid fan of all types of motorsports Michael has the uncanny ability to capture defining moments in speed contests of all types. From super sport motorcycles on challenging road courses to the blistering fast nitro-powered machines on the drag strip. From the cars of NASCAR on the high speed ovals to the precision sports cars of the Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA at intricate road-racing venues.
Michael has worked directly for racing teams as well as under assignment from some of the top motorsports publications in the world. He is familiar with the credentialing procedures of race venues and has been credentialed for national events on the NHRA schedule. He has been “inside the fence” at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut to capture the racing machines of The Pirelli World Challenge and The IMSA Weathertech Northeast Championship. He has been credentialed at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to photograph the Superbikes of their Loudon Road Race series and at New Jersey Motorsports Park to capture the Championship Cup Series and MotoAmerica events hosted there.
Whether you are looking for a contributing photographer to capture incredible motorsports images for your publication, or a photographer to work directly with your race team to produce extraordinary images for your advertising, public relations and sponsorship efforts, Michael should be on your short list of photographers to consider for your next project or event.
Every professional photographer has a body of work that does not revolve around their commercial photographic specialty and Michael ONeill is no exception to that rule. We hope you take the time to peruse the Fine Art Editions section of his web site. The day-to-day pressures and constraints of running a thriving commercial photo studio kept Michael away from personal projects for the early part of his career. In the last few years, however, he has made the time to create some images solely for his own soul, without the influence of client needs or demands. Michael is an avid motorcycle rider and whether he is riding locally or road-tripping extensively throughout the United States and Canada he always has a camera with him. Throughout his travels he has captured some beautiful images of wonderful scenes in this great continent of ours. His two-wheeled travels have taken him as far north as Gaspé, QC, Canada (some 400 miles north of Halifax, Nova Scotia), as far south as Key West, Florida and a far west as the Canyons of Arizona and the Deserts of Nevada. Though he originally set out to pursue fine art photography for personal satisfaction, his works have garnered critical acclaim. His works have appeared in many prominent juried art exhibitions and are offered for acquisition though a number of prestigious art galleries. His works are held in private collections worldwide and he is constantly adding new creations to his body of work.
Being a professional photographer has given Michael the opportunity to have a rewarding career doing something he loves to do. One of the things he loves to do now, more than anything else, is to give back to the industry that has been so good to him. Michael is a prominent photographic educator who has spoken in an array of venues from small local amateur photo clubs to the annual convention platform of WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) the largest professional organization of it's type in the world. WPPI has honored Michael with its "Double Master of WPPI" designation...a title held by only 28 photographers in the world as of November, 2018. Arguably, the most important educational experience to attend at WPPI's annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada is the 16 X 20 Print, Album & Filmmaking Competition, where the best photographers from around the world submit their finest works for judging and critique by some of the world's most respected photographers. Michael has had the honor of being a judge in this competition every single year since 2009. For more information on Michael's upcoming speaking engagements, workshops and mentoring programs please visit the "Photographic Education" section of this web site.