What He Does

"There is an amazing portrait hiding inside everyone, just waiting to get out," says Dave. "My job is one part photography, and two parts friend and coach.  Getting people to relax in front of my cameras is what I do best, and it's the secret ingredient to a great portrait."  

Specialties And Training

Dave's speciality is studio  photography with dramatic light. Dancers and athletes are favorite themes.  He is proud to be mostly self-taught, and just recently turned to professional photography full time after retiring from a successful fundraising business.    He has trained with world famous editorial photographer Joe McNally, acclaimed dance photographer Allen Birnbach, and others.  More recently, he was the photographer for the ArtPrize 9 Crowns of Courage project, which was one of the top five popular vote finalists in this prestigious event.  

The Important Stuff

He and his wife Carol live in West Michigan, and have been happily married for 37 years, they have three great kids and two adorable grandsons. Dave loves meat loaf, clowns creep him out and he likes to wear loud socks.  He thinks about photography and making great pictures for people all the time.  He would love to make your very best portrait ever.

Dave Burgess

Studio 616 Photography

2024 28th St. SW

Wyoming, MI 49519