Port Elizabeth Photographer | About
The beautiful coastal city of Port Elizabeth in Nelson Mandela Bay is home to the acclaimed photographer and Author, Michael Sheehan; respected throughout the Eastern Cape and South Africa for his diversity, quality and eye for detail. The gorgeous scenery of the region provides idyllic backdrops for his creations, which range from memorable corporate photographs and elegant portraits to exquisite wildlife and action shots during some of Port Elizabeth’s most exclusive sporting events.

The long stretches of pristine beaches, rolling mountains, deep gorges and magnificent array of plant- and animal life continue to inspire Michael and to provide the ideal canvas on which to portray his subjects. This has been especially relevant to his fine art range, which captures Africa’s fauna in its spectacular detail, while maintaining the integrity of its natural splendour.

As one of the official Host Cities™ for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, Port Elizabeth offered plenty of magnificent photographic opportunities. Michael Sheehan was selected as an official contracted photographer to have his work displayed on the Nelson Mandela Bay Host City™ website; an exclusive privilege. This Port Elizabeth-based photographer captured every World Cup™ game in Port Elizabeth and a book of this prestigious event, to be published by the Local Organising Committee of Nelson Mandela Bay, includes a large number of Michael’s photographs as testimony to his superior work and portfolio.

Michael’s photographs have been used in billboard advertisements internationally. In addition, some of the images of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ were being used in Germany for promotional purposes. Michael is one of the choice photographers for an international sporting, entertainment and event photography agencies and has also done brand event photography for national advertising agencies. Some of Michael’s work has been published in South African magazines like Home, Sports Illustrated, Triathlete, Personal Finance, Top Billing and Ubuntu.

A locally renowned art framer in Port Elizabeth displays some of Michael’s creations on canvas, revealing a new dimension to the world of art on display.

Michael is required to travel both the Eastern Cape and South Africa extensively, and is willing to do so to fulfil various assignments.


“My passion for photography developed when the film format was the order of the day. At first, the beauty of the South African landscapes captured my interest. However, with years of experience and having made my passion into something I call a job, I now have extensive skills in all fields of photography. Whether I’m doing a romantic wedding series, a family portrait, a corporate headshot or internet microstock photography, my work is about translating a special moment into a lasting masterpiece.

“I first entered the microstock arena in 2006, and have been enjoying it enormously ever since. Combined with my still photography, weddings, nature, wildlife, people, corporate and sporting events, this has ensured that I have a varied and extensive photographic portfolio.

“Being a Port Elizabeth-based photographer in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, gives me an array of options when it comes to choosing my unique subjects and backdrops. This area is abundant in game parks and wildlife reserves. Many of my current wildlife photographs were taken in the national parks and private game farms and lodges in and around the exquisite Eastern Cape. I love the easy access to the natural beauty of this area that being based in Port Elizabeth allows me.”

~~ Michael Sheehan

As a professional and experienced photographer, Michael Sheehan specialises in:

• Sport
• Sporting events
• Portraits (individuals, groups and families)
• Event photography (including corporate events, birthday parties, retirements, gala dinners, product launches, and so on)
• Wildlife
• Architecture
• Still life
• Weddings
• Stock Photography
Every photographic assignment is as unique as the people involved. This makes defining a rate very difficult. Instead, Michael will require a clear brief of the project and will then ascertain the scope of the work required based on your personal needs and desires.