Michael Willems was born in the Netherlands. He grew up there and in the United Kingdom, and has lived in Canada since 1995. Having started his career as an engineer and then as a business executive, he finally saw the light, and became a photographer. He has worked in 40 countries on five continents, from Italy to Iraq, from the Netherlands to Nigeria, and from Tokyo to Toronto.
A full-time photographer, author and educator, he photographs news, events, families, products, and art; and he accepts industrial and commercial assignments. He is a well-known keynote event speaker, and he teaches privately, and to small groups, and at colleges and schools including Sheridan College of Art and Vistek, a specialized Canadian professional photography retailer. He has also taught workshops sponsored by Canon. In past years, he taught at the School of Imaging, Canada’s largest photography school, and at the Niagara School of Imaging (NSI). He has regularly taught his workshops in places like Toronto, Phoenix, Las Vegas, London, and Amsterdam.
Michael has written for a number of photography magazines including Photo Life Magazine, and his work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, the National Post, The Toronto Sun, The Toronto Star, BBC, The Hamilton Spectator, West of the City, and many other newspapers and magazines. He has won a number of photography awards and has exhibited widely, both in solo exhibits and as a member of the “Photosensitive” collective of Canadian photojournalists. His books are read all over the world.