Mike Schirf

In this post, we take the time to meet an outdoor lifestyle photographer, Mike Schirf. 

Website: www.mikeschirf.com

Instagram: @schirfphoto

Mike Schirf was born and raised in Park City, Utah. Growing up in this landscape shaped his love for all things outdoors. Skis replaced shoes for many of his younger years, leading to dedicated ski racing and schooling in New England. As his interests continued to evolve into adulthood, Utah powder replaced his need for hard-packed speed sessions through gates. Returning to his hometown allowed him to travel, explore, and form new friendships along the way. These wanderings eventually opened the door to photography as a viable career option. He centered his professional self at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Montana and never looked back. Today he works with top outdoor and apparel brands, and pushes himself to expand his horizons through new working relationships and personal projects that help sharpen his vision. Collaboration, the shared experience in creating something unique, is at the top of Mike's priority list.

Headshot of photographer Mike Shirf

Professional Photography

What was your first camera? 

I kind of just dove into photography, so my first camera was pretty nice. It was a cannon 1dxmkII.

When did you start your professional career as a photographer? 

I would say I started in 2007 but probably didn't start making a living at it until 2011. 

Do you specialize in a specific style of photography? 

I call myself an outdoor lifestyle photographer, but I love shooting all aspects. It's just really hard to be good at all of them. 

Do you have a favorite style of photography as a fan?

Not really. I can really appreciate any great photo, no matter their style. 

Do you offer travel services? 

Yes, I love to travel. 

Skier with scenic view of lake in Iceland

Marcus Caston adventure skiing in Iceland.

Favorite place your work has been published? 

I would have to say the Patagonia catalog. 

Where can people see and purchase your past work? 

On my website. Mikeschirf.com

What details do you believe make the best photographs? 

How do you go about focusing on them in your work? I just believe it's a lot of hard work and just committing to putting yourself in the right conditions and situations to get the best shots. 

Life in Park City

What about Park City inspires your work? 

It's obviously such a beautiful place there is so much to shoot, and I am always meeting great new people to shoot with that are always inspiring.

What is your favorite season in Park City as a local? As a photographer?  

As a local, I would say my favorite season is the fall. I love to mountain bike, and it doesn’t get much better than mountain biking in the fall of Park City. As a photographer, I would say winter. I love to shoot skiing, and obviously, Park City is fantastic for that as well.  

What do you do for fun when you’re not working? 

I’m a big mountain biker. I also love to fish and go rock climbing with my wife. 

Do you have a favorite trail for photographs? 

I always seem to end up on Spiro.

Do you have any advice on taking photographs in Park City? 

So much beauty here just get out and shoot.

Person fat tire biking in winter with dog following

A friend and his pup enjoying a fat bike ride in round valley.

For fun, we had to ask:

Where is your favorite place in town to eat or grab a drink? 

Definitely the Wasatch Brewpub

How many photos have you taken of/at the McPolin Barn? 

I have a few, but my landscape game isn’t as strong as I would like.

White Barn at night with Fireworks above

McPolin Barn over the 4th of July.

More of Mike Schirf's work

Woman rock climbing on beach with dog watching

My wife Tera bouldering on the California coast as our pup Millie keeps a close eye.

Man Fly fishing with mountains in background

A fisherman netting his catch along the Provo river.

Woman with dog at end of dock with scenic lake view behind

Tera and Millie enjoying a sunset along Hebgen Lake in Montana.

Woman and her dog enjoy a sunset

Tera and our other pup Patsy enjoying a beautiful Oregon sunset.

Woman Rock Climbing

Tera Crack climbing in the Utah desert.

Powder skiing in Sun Valley Idaho

Powder skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho.

For more of Mike Schirf's work, connect with him online:

Website: www.mikeschirf.com

Instagram: @schirfphoto