Mike Boening

Olympus Visionary

Olympus Visionary

Mike is a street and urban photographer from Detroit, Michigan.

Mike is a street and urban photographer from Detroit, Michigan.

About Mike

Mike commonly finds his inspiration on the streets of his hometown, Detroit, Michigan as well as any city he may travel too. A travel junkie, Mike specializes in street and urban photography. Mike works to document life in daily situations making the most of what others might consider mundane. He also works to create captivating images depicting urban environments at night with the Olympus Live Composite feature. He is considered highly skilled in this area and loves to instruct on its many uses.

Mike’s passion for street photography can be traced back to his interest in becoming a photo journalist while in college. As life would have it, career aspirations moved in other directions, but the love of observing the streets and how people interact is still central to Mike’s photography.

“Capturing images with Olympus gear has led to a dramatic change in my 
creativity and ability to create amazing images while supporting my motto of 
Shoot Light - Shoot Often.”

Over the years, Mike has worked with the Detroit Metro Convention Bureau covering events and shot billboards for the Pure Michigan Campaign. He writes for many gear blogs and has been featured on the podcasts Street Focus from T.W.I.P. and Out Of Chicago. He shares his love of street photography by instructing and leading groups on urban photography in the Detroit area and major cities like Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago and Toronto.

When Mike isn’t behind a camera, he’s in front of the camera serving as cohost of the biweekly video podcast, “Mirrorless Minutes” along with fellow Visionary, Jamie MacDonald.

Mike is passionate about what can be accomplished with the Olympus Micro Four Thirds systems and considers the Olympus PEN-F the finest camera made for today’s street photographers.


The Olympus Visionary Program is Olympus America Inc.’s official program for its sponsored photographers. Olympus Visionaries consist of a select group of photographers from across the U.S. and Canada who represent a variety of photography genres, and offer varying years of experience and influence. From Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists to successful entrepreneurs to passionate creators who shoot and share their vision with their dedicated social communities, each has a unique point of view, an enthusiasm for Olympus products and the brand, a strong presence in the photography community, and best practices to share.

The Visionaries use their unique real-world experiences and technical expertise to inspire photo enthusiasts and professionals alike and embrace Olympus camera systems as their tool of choice for capturing and sharing their world in vivid detail. They provide product feedback in an effort to improve Olympus products, programs and services. They also represent Olympus by speaking at Photography Conferences, Photo Specialty Dealer Events, Tradeshows, and more.

For regularly updated content from all of the Olympus Visionaries, visit www.facebook.com/getolympus, www.youtube.com/getolympus and follow @getolympus on Twitter and Instagram. 
To inquire about membership in the program, please contact VisionaryProgram@olympus.com.www.facebook.com/getolympus, www.youtube.com/getolympus and follow @getolympus on Twitter. For more information about the Olympus Visionary program, please contact Jennifer Colucci at VisionaryProgram@olympus.com.

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