About Michael

Who I am.

I was born on Valentine's Day, 1983. 

Originally from Maryland, USA, I have been living in New York since 2011.  

I found my life-love in 2014 and married to her in August 2018

2014 was also the year I began adding clients in for headshots, she was a client <3

I'm the luckiest man on earth, she supports me everyday in being who I am.

I can analyze your personality through your hand-writing.

I enjoy surfing, traveling to distant countries, and collecting outdated tech.

I'm part Chinese, Italian, Israeli (confirmed through AncestryDNA).

I graduated in 2005 from Johns Hopkins University, majoring in Film and Digital Media, and have had a camera kit by my side since middle school.  

I am also an actor: it fuels my desire to listen to others.  I was cast in the ABC Diversity showcase in 2009.  I was on Law and Order: SVU, and most recently appeared in Adam Sandler's "The Week Of", on Netflix.

My influences in photography stem from fantasy, film noir, the european New Wave, and street photojournalism. 

Some of my favorite all-time photographers are Henri-Cartier Bresson, Lillian Bassman, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Txema Yeste, Peter Lindbergh, Mikael Jansson, Craig McDean, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggot, Mary Ellen Matthews, Annie Leibovitz, and Mario Testino.

My Style and Approach.

My process keeps you inspired, open, and present.  I give you ideas to make every moment feel fresh and new with twists and turns around every corner.  I work with stories, both personal and fictional, to keep our shoot artistic and colorful.   To me, a shoot should capture a real and present conversation.

When I shoot, my desire is to see something in you that you're feeling, both intentional and unintentional, and channel that to the camera in a very impactful, but natural way.  Reading you is not just a part of my job, it's a core part of how I delve into the moments we share together.

You will be surprised, I will be surprised.  There is no pre-ordained pose, look, or expression I'm looking for. I believe there is a potential energy between the both of us, and I trust in the artistic process to discover the authenticity behind you, and how it connects with those around you.  

I'm listening to you with all of my senses.  I'm confident when I'm here to discover.

Our Clients.

Our esteemed clients have appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, TV, Film, and countless web series.  TV Show credits include: Netflix's Orange is the New Black, The OG, Bull, Blindspot, Castle Rock HBO's "Girls", Shades of Blue, Law & Order: SVU, Person of Interest, Gotham, House of Cards, Madam Secretary, Gotham, Blue Bloods, Limitless, Elementary, Time after Time, Damages, White Collar, Nurse Jackie, Gossip Girl among many others.

We also have many business clients that work on both Wall Street and Main Street.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you'd like to schedule a session about headshots nyc, or any other shoots that need some TLC.



MY Lifestyle Magazine

A-List Magazine

Barnes and Noble
Breathe Carolina (band)
Chase Bank
Ediciones Malva
Gardner Nelson
Harris Teeter
Jamba Juice
Locals Surf
Michael Alan Group
National Grid
NCC Media
Neighbor Agency
Oxygen Network
Protein Bakery
Random House Publishing
Real Housewives of NY
Salma Hayek
Salvatore Ferragamo
Sperling & Kupfer
Stranded NYC
Tourism of Las Vegas
Viking Penguin (part of the Little Brown Book Group)

Michael Levy + Ana Bell

Photographer and Project Manager

Melinda Ballanco

Hair and Makeup Artist

Jaida Kyi

Hair and Makeup Artist

Leona Levy-Bell

Scottish Fold Family Kitten - Motivational Speaker