Monday, June 15, 2009


Post by Steve Temple

First of all, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Steve Temple and I've been working with Michael since October, 1998. After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in photography I immediately moved to Denver seeking out the best photographers to work for. A few months after arriving I got my first opportunity to work with Michael, which turned out to be a 17-hour day in a functioning dialysis lab shooting for Gambro, a dialysis machine manufacturer. It was by far the longest day I had ever worked, and a serious introduction into how Michael works, which is hard! Michael's full-time person at the time was pulling back from travel so he asked if I was interested in going to a 'bike show'. Of course I said yes, and what I quickly learned was that all those photos I'd seen in my brother's Easyriders magazine were taken by the guy I was now working for. It came as a bit of a shock at first, but with my inaugural trip to Sturgis it became quickly apparent that Michael was entrenched in the biker culture and a seasoned pro at capturing it through a lens. Since becoming full-time here at the studio, my hats have grown in both size and quantity. I manage a steadily expanding 3-terabyte image library, serve as website designer and webmaster (I'm the one to blame for not changing the wallpaper regularly), digital image processor, printer, Mac Genius, framer, grip, etc., etc. Over ten years later and with a Harley of my own, I can say it's been a great ride, and it will only continue.

Enough about me, let's talk about this blog. With Michael's incredibly busy schedule, he's unable to keep in touch as much as he would like through Facebook and MySpace, and that's where this blog comes in. We'll be posting regular updates, photos, behind-the-scenes stuff, and more. Whether Michael is off to Moscow, Russia to shoot a bike show, or giving you the latest info on our upcoming Sturgis exhibition, 'Rebel Rousers' it'll be blogged here! The blog will also serve as a notice of new content added to, so I encourage everyone to subscribe using the links provided in the right column of this page.

Speaking of Michael's travel, right now he's in New Hampshire getting ready to shoot Laconia Motorcycle Week fresh from shooting the ROT Biker Rally in Texas this last weekend. Be sure to smile when he points the camera your way!!

One last bit of business before I let you go. Last week we uploaded our first group of custom bikes from 2008 in the Motorcycles Image Gallery. We shot some amazing custom bikes in 2008 from builders Russell Marlowe, Billy Lane, Shannon Davidson of the Chopp shop, Bill Steele and more. We hope you go and take a look at the first batch, the second will be coming soon. Here's a sampling of the bikes. Cheers and ride safe.


DEADBEAT said...

First comment EVER!!!! Good to see a blog worth looking at, and if a picture is worth a thousand many words are a thousand MICHAEL LICHTER photos worth??? SWEET!!!!!!

John E. Adams said...

Nice work Steve! Hope you can keep up over here, really enjoy Mikes works and stuff like is really a great ongoing inspiration for me and my aspiring work -;0)