About Michael Verity
MICHAEL VERITY is a highly-respected photographer based in Portland, Oregon. His specialties are headshots, modeling portfolios and magazine editorial photography.
His acting clients have appeared in numerous feature films with actors such as James Franco, Michael Pitt and Hannah Marks and on TV shows that include Shameless, Grimm, Z-Nation, The Librarians, People Magazine Investigates and Law & Order.
His clients are represented by a long list of acting and modeling agencies including Abrams Artists Agency, The Osbrink Agency and Zuri Model & Talent (Los Angeles), JE Talent (San Francisco), Big Fish NW (Seattle) and Option Model and Media, Puddletown Talent, Q6, Ryan Artists and Sports + Lifestyle Unlimited (Portland).
Michael was born and raised in New York. He spent wintry Saturday mornings taking art classes and going to the library, where he immersed himself in books about great photographers such as William Helburn, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Albert Watson and Yousuf Karsh. His Dad, an advertising executive, instilled in him a love of the photography he saw in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.
Michael took his first photos at 10 years old, using his Mom’s Kodak Instamatic camera while on a trip to Disney World. Since then he’s worked as a newspaper and sports photojournalist, exhibited his work in shows and galleries and had his photographs published in magazines worldwide. He founded MICHAEL VERITY PHOTOGRAPHY in 2008 to pursue his passion for creating beautiful and authentic headshots and modeling portfolios for kids, teens and adults.
Prior to working as a photographer, Michael was a radio announcer and freelance music journalist then spent many years in the magazine publishing business with companies like IDG and Robb Report. A lover of baseball, chocolate and big furry dogs, he lives in Portland with his wife, Claire, who is an acting coach; his three kids, Austin, Skyler and Carson, two of whom are actors; his dogs, Rosie, Willy and Candy, none of whom are actors; a Siamese cat named Ocean and a very sociable goat named Latte.