I'm a photographer from Tampa Bay, Florida, with a love for spaceflight, nature and making things. Since 2011, I have photographed over 60 rocket launches on the Space Coast of Florida, including the end of the Space Shuttle program and the rise of the commercial space race. I currently photograph launches and related events for NASASpaceflight, having previously worked with Universe Today and Spaceflight Insider.
Covering the space program has provided the opportunity of a lifetime to experience and document some of the most incredible feats of engineering and flight. Photographing launches has also provided the impetus to develop my abilities as a photographer, as events can be fast-paced, unpredictable and challenging. Additionally, in order to make extensive use of remotely activated cameras, I learned to design and build my own hardware to operate them safely and reliably.
Outside of covering spaceflight, I'm a nature enthusiast and a hiker, and my pursuits extend to landscape, wildlife and field macro photography. Over the past several years, I've hiked numerous locations in New York and Virginia. In 2012 and 2017, I traveled to intercept solar eclipses in New Mexico and North Carolina, respectively. Since 2005, I've contributed hundreds of macro photographs to BugGuide.net.
From 2008-2015, I was a dedicated photographer of competitive paintball, and shot dozens of regional and national level tournaments. I offerred my services to teams, and I covered events for Chrono300, PaintballX3 and ProPaintball.com. Paintball is a uniquely challenging sport to photograph, with peak action passing in the blink of an eye.
I'm also a front end web developer, and have been building websites since 2009. From 2013-2018, I served as the webmaster for Spaceflight Insider, and helped to grow the site from scratch while covering rocket launches.
Photos & Design © 2009-2019 Michael Deep