I'd like to avoid labeling myself but, to make it easier for clients: "I'm a commercial and fine art photographer with a podcast about being human."


My photography is a mixture of portrait, fashion, fine art, psychedelic, and emotional imagery. Sometimes the work is cinematic and sometimes it's just blunt. I specialize in raw intimate moments, graphic and bold imagery, the unexpected, and the simple and common.


Walking Home is a show based on the Ram Dass quote "We're all just walking each other home."It's a place where I can hold intimate, raw, entertaining, humbling, uncensored, and enlightening conversations with a range of individuals from diverse backgrounds. My guests and I publicly explore some of the deeper challenges and more curious aspects of human consciousness alongside some of the lighter experiences.


Bulk Recordings, Bullett, Cosmo, Creem, Deltron, Epic, Falling to Ground, Galore, Givenchy, Got a Girl, Elle, Ginza, Harpers Bazaar, Interscope, Ladygunn, Odda, Marie Claire, MAGIC, Monrowe, Nylon, Pierre Hotel, Project, Skin, Solomon, Self, Skylar Grey, Smug, Sony, Universal Music Group, Vanessa Mooney, Vision, Vogue, Wire Magazine, Women's Health, Wonderland

He’s not trying to impress anyone, although what he does is impressive.
— Noah Lampert (Synchronicity)
Deliberately operating in the contentious boundary between fashion and art photography, Donovan’s work often challenges the notion of images à la sauvette.
— Life is Carbon
Michael Donovan is changing the game of fashion photography with his raw images and uncompromising candor.
— Ledger
If humanity exists in shades of gray, then Michael Donovan exists in shades of rainbow. Calling him colorful is an adorable understatement.
— FStoppers
The enlightenment community often shows us that rainbows and unicorns may exist. But [Michael Donovan’s] podcast is like finding the “pot of gold” at the end. It’s for the seekers who have the courage to ride their unicorns off into the mysterious world of Truth and higher consciousness.
— Jessica Ann (Humanize Your Brain)
In a world of mass commercialization people tend to lose sight in what their overall vision is. There’s not a lot of people out there with a very specific vision and I feel Michael is one of those people that trusts his gut, trusts his instincts, and has that vision.
— Yoshino (Artist Decoded)
Michael Donovan’s images navigate an exploration into consumer culture, advertising and the emotions separating art and fashion photography. What do we expect of these mediums and how do we expect them to make us feel? The glossy texture presupposes a level of glamour which is intentionally omitted, replaced with a dreamlike numbness, or vacant sexuality creating a space for us to question what defines art and fashion photography in contemporary culture.
— HungerTV