About Mike


Mike Kelley is a Los Angeles based photographer specializing in Architecture, Interiors, Commercial Spaces, as well as Aerial and Aviation Photography.

A native of Ipswich Massachusetts, Mike studied Studio Art and Environmental Science at the University of Vermont before venturing out to Lake Tahoe, California in hopes of becoming a professional snowboarder. A couple of years and countless injuries later, Mike found himself taking up an offer to photograph a few homes for a developer friend he met while recuperating. What started out by chance turned out to be the perfect mix of technicality and creativity for Mike, and he was immediately hooked with photographing architecture and interiors.

Mike uses both natural and artificial light where appropriate to artistically capture indoor and outdoor spaces. Every single image is meticulously crafted with expert attention to detail. Mike strives to create fun, laid-back environments when shooting, whether photographing a small home or a high rise overlooking the ocean.

When Mike isn’t photographing architecture and interiors, he is always working on exciting new projects — anything from photographing planes taking off from airports, documenting the architecture of Iceland, recreating a vintage Pan Am airline advertorial, or publishing a book of aerial images of Los Angeles.

Features, Shows, & Awards


Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide 2016/17
Digital Camera World’s Best Images of 2014
American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter | Solo Exhibition
Assouline’s ‘The Art of Travel’
Gestalten’s ‘PhotoViz’ Cover Image
Real Simple
Los Angeles A+D Museum: “Groundswell”
European Photography Magazine
Travel + Leisure
Virginia Quarterly Review
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 80th Anniversary Competition Finalist
My Modern Met
Professional Photographer Magazine
Los Angeles Magazine
Fast Company
BBC Future

Clients Include


Tesla Motors
Solar City
Swire Hospitality
Brickell City Centre
Emily Henderson
Rubin Postaer + Associates (RPA)
Arclight Theaters
Ferguson Kitchen + Bath
Auckland International Airport Ltd
BAE Systems
Schoos Design
Delta Airlines
Emirates Airlines
Kelly Ferm, Inc.
Los Angeles World Airports
Pozas Arquitectos
Vail Resorts