Today, I want to feature a man we have all come to know and love. As a local to Staunton, he can be found, around town, sometimes on a Harley. He’s a landscaper by profession. And a wonderful human being by design.
Many of you may remember him from Lee High class of 1981 or with his Bride and high school Sweetheart, Angie.
This man has a heart of gold, his family is his pride and joy, his God is his guiding light. and he has an eye for our amazing landscape too. Not just any landscape, mind you, but the kind that captures your attention in the way that he sees it. His name is Mic Whitesell, and he is known and loved by all of us here at LTD 7 as the eye behind the camera of Mugshots Squared and the only male member of The Dream Team. Mic not only takes wonderful photos, but he has a way of with photo names as well. He captures our world in such a beautiful, fun, lighthearted way! You can find many pictures framed and for sale in our downtown location of LTD 7 but please take the time to join his Instagram, his photos are amazing and far to many to feature at LTD 7. Any item you find can be framed or purchased. Contact LTD 7, Downtown. Mic’s Instagram:
Mic’s First baby Shower
December is his busy time of year!
His beautiful Daughter
Mic’s Favorite View of the land
Enjoy my interview with Mic.
Living the Dream,
- How did you get started? “What’s your story?”
I have always taken pictures. I probably started shooting around the age of ten. My brother and I had a bathroom that was turned into a darkroom when we were young. I used a 35mm camera until the camera phone evolved.
I have worked outside all of my life. I think my relationship with nature influenced my “like” of subject matter. Some of you may or may not know that my real occupation is a landscape gardener. I have been self-employed for many years, but now work for a major healthcare organization doing pretty much the same.
A few years back, I was persuaded to join and use social media as an outlet for my hobby. I was reluctant at first, but soon, I was hooked. By popular demand, and with the encouragement of LTD 7, I started Mugshots2. All of my pictures are taken with my camera phone.
- Is this a full time gig? Do you think some day it will be?
Yes and no. I take photos all the time. Some days the totals for photos shot can reach in the hundreds. Maybe I will go full time, someday… anything is possible.
- You use an iPhone? Are you telling people that you support Apple phones for this kind of endeavor? Will any camera phone work?
My first camera phone was a Samsung Galaxy. I was satisfied with the results, but due to a mishap (H2O) it had to be replaced. My new phone just happened to be an iPhone 4. I became comfortable with it. Since then, I have upgraded to an iPhone 6s. Is it any better? I don’t know; they all have advantages and disadvantages. I feel you should use whatever you have and make the most out of it.
- Where would you most like to shoot?
I take pictures of anything-anywhere. In January, my family and I visited Hawaii for a couple of weeks. The abundance of subject matter there was unbelievable. I took over 6,500 photos!
Mostly, I enjoy exploring our area right here at home, photographing what I term “overlooked subject matter.”
5. What is the biggest obstacle to pursuing this dream of yours?
In one word: Money.
6. Do you ever encounter resistance from the public?
Not really. I just use common sense. And I always ask permission.
- What is the most unusual thing that has ever happened to you while shooting? G Rated, of course.
I stopped to take photographs of some rusty cars on my way home from work one evening, only to find a couple months later I was a “Person of Interest” in a robbery case on the same property. I was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing.( Thus the name of his company)
Wherever he travels, he takes LTD 7 with him 🙂
- What would you like to share with dreamers like you? What one piece of advice would you say pushed you the furthest in this dream?
I would say, just “Do It!” If what you want makes you happy…then be happy. Don’t procrastinate. Even if your dream doesn’t turn in your favor, at least you tried. You can learn from your mistakes and be better.
The name, “LTD 7” says it all. “Living the Dream”
Thank you Mic!