Michael Kanka remembers buying his first camera, a Minolta, when he turned sixteen, back in Munich, Germany. The camera is still around and occasionally used for some black and white work. Photography became a passion back then and was always a part of his professional life beside his second passion, software development. As designer and developer for online marketplaces and product configuration tools, professional studio photography was always part of the trade. After moving to Canada in 2003 with his wife Monika, and inspired by the endless opportunities to create stunning images in combining nature and wildlife with the people enjoying it, as well as technically challenging studio and architectural work, a new chapter of life was opened. Setting up a fully equipped photo studio in Squamish was just the next step. Combining his profound knowledge in professional photography and digital processing with the skilful image creation and local social connections provided by Cindy Cardiff made the partnership of Double Shutter Images a logical consequence. Although he is now retired, don’t be surprised to see him at some of the bigger photo shoots for Double Shutter Images.