mike pham photographer pelican

Mike Pham


Mike Pham is a California based photographer who focuses on adventure, fashion, portraiture, travel, and commercial lifestyle. Mike effortlessly and authentically blends the drama of undeniable landscapes with the human experience. Influenced by a life of music and culture, Mike has played in Orange County based punk-rock and blue-grass bands his whole life and loves the inspiration that world of hard-knocks and comradery breeds. As a collaborative artist, Mike loves to go on the road with others, searching for that raw moment, that always results in THAT shot. Open to exploring new places and trying different techniques, Mike wants to see what’s real in a moment. He looks for pain, just as much as beauty, because it is all part of the human story.


What motivates you in the morning?

Being productive

What is your mantra for when things are tough?

"Such is life"

If you could do anything else, what would it be and why?

Be a creative director/director of photography

Describe your best moment ever.

Epic surf trip with your friends

How did you get into your profession?


What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?

Be passionate about what you do and ask yourself why a lot.

What are your top three Pelican products?

1) The 1510 case (I have 3), these are the perfect size for travel, they are carryon ready for airplanes and easily stackable with wheels.
2) the Trekpak system because it’s the best way to organize.
3) The G40C, it can protect your phone and charge for anytime of adventure. You can attach outside of backpack to free up room inside and your phone is well protected.