Photographer / Director
From one still photograph, to each frame per second, Michael Maes captures the essence of foods with his unique vision. Known for his bold compositions, vivid colors and spectacular lighting, he finds new and exciting ways to convey food, beverage and product stories.
With over 20 years of experience, a Maes photograph aligns the beauty of food with natural elements that are imaginative and engaging. He maintains their realism with detail, like the multiple colors within an amber liquid as it flows into a frosty glass or the tiniest bubbles sizzling in the foam of melting butter. As a filmmaker his work is infused with character and alive with energy.
Michael has worked with numerous leaders in the food and beverage industry and is involved in all aspects of his shoots. Collaborating with his crew, the agency and brand representatives, he has lent his editorial vision to commercial projects for a wide range of clients, most of whom he now counts as friends. Based in Chicago, he’s an enthusiast for all things outdoors. When he’s not in the studio, he is often on an adventure with his wife and son, traveling and enjoying all that nature has to offer.