I began my photographic career as a full-time photojournalist for The Celina Daily Standard newspaper, collecting numerous UPI and AP awards during my 16 year tenure there.
After starting Mercer County’s first one-hour film processing mini-lab, I attended the acclaimed Winona School of Photography in Chicago and turned my interests to portraiture as owner/operator of first Studio E (film) and later Mike Lamm Images (digital).
During my 15 year studio portrait career, I photographed thousands of high school seniors, hundreds of families and children, and dozens of weddings in the Mercer County area. I am recognized as a Master Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and am a lifetime member of the American Society of Photographers (ASP).
My images have been displayed in both the Fort Wayne and Dayton Museums of Art, and have appeared in Professional Photographer, Ohio and Farm Journal magazines, as well as the monthly publication of The Isaac Walton League. In both 2012 & 2013, my images were chosen for the cover of Wright State University’s literary publication, The Fogdog Review.
During my career, several images were selected as part of the ASP Traveling Exhibit to Japan and numerous images have been published in both the PPA Loan Collection and Showcase annual selections. My work has been featured on the website of Master Printmaker Jonathan Penney.
In 2015 my fine art photography filled all three galleries of Arts Place, Portland, Ind., and in 2018 my macro nature images were selected by Mercer Health to decorate the new Sanderell West Wing at Coldwater Community Hospital.
Although I have retired from the professional photography business, I continue to take pictures for my own pleasure and to feed my visual mind.