I am a fashion, commercial and portrait photographer.
Having originally pursued a career as a classical musician has brought both a disciplined approach and refined sensibility to my photographic work. I developed my skills with a lot of guidance from many great photographers who were generous enough to share their experience with me. My love and appreciation for the art is always growing.
Along the way, my work has won some awards both in Australia and internationally including, controversially, 2017 Victorian Epson Professional Photographer of the Year and Portrait Photographer of the Year, which were later disqualified, but subsequently lead to a change in the rules the following year.
My greatest skills are in getting the best out of people, making them feel comfortable and relaxed in front of my camera so they can truly be themselves. I believe that the art of photography lies not in the camera but in an authentic connection to the subject, whether it is a commercial brief or a simple portrait. I love working with creative teams to realise a vision and produce images that provoke thought and inspire as well as being aesthetically satisfying.
I am vegan and live in Melbourne, Australia in an old Victorian home with my wife, daughter, three chickens, three guinea pigs and a cat.
For more information on my work or to just say hello, feel free to get in touch.
World Photographic Cup Best of Nation Award (Australia)
AIPP Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year Finalist
1 x 2018 APPA Gold Award
3 x 2018 APPA Silver Awards
Associate of Photography AAIPP
1 x 2017 APPA Silver Distinction Award
3 x 2017 APPA Silver Awards
3 x 2017 Victorian AIPP Silver Distinction Award
1 x 2017 Victorian AIPP Silver Award
*2017 AIPP Victorian Epson Professional Photographer of the Year
*2017 AIPP VIC Portrait Professional Photographer of the Year
*Awarded, but later withdrawn due to an inadvertent technical breech of the rules
AIPP Journal, Issue 250 Michael Teo – Victorian Epson PPY
AIPP Journal, Issue 252 What Happened in Victoria?
1 x 2016 APPA Silver Distinction Award
3 x 2016 APPA Silver Awards
1 x 2016 Victorian AIPP Gold Award
1 x 2016 Victorian AIPP Silver Distinction Award
2 x 2015 Victorian AIPP Gold Awards
1 x 2015 Victorian AIPP Silver Distinction Award
5 x 2015 Victorian AIPP Silver Awards
2014 AIPP Victorian Emerging Photographer of the Year
2014 Ian Hawthorne Award
1 x 2014 APPA Silver Distinction Award
2 x 2014 APPA Silver Awards
2 x 2014 Victorian AIPP Silver Distinction Awards
3 x 2014 Victorian AIPP Silver Awards
Lose Your Soul | Institute
Exile | Ten10
Afhinos | Elegant
Static Motion | Ellements
Boundless | NIF Magazine
Matt Zukowski | DNA
I Am Doing Fashion My Own Way | Kaltblut
Vol 1. No. 5Vol 2. No. 1 | The Australia Times (TAT Beauty Mag)
Mind Blank | Promo
Play Misty For Me | Adore Pinup
Influence | IMute
Façade | OOB
Kiss and Makeup | Scorpio Jin
Misster | Desnudo Korea
The Working Pro
Michael Teo wins AIPP Victoria’s top award | Photo Review
AIPP awards Vic’s top pro photographers | Australian Photography
AIPP announces Vic State Award winner | Pro Counter Australia
Stunning images from the Professional Photography Awards | Daily Mail
Michael Teo is Victoria’s top professional photographer | Neos Kosmos
Greek Australian Michael Teo Victoria’s Top Professional Photographer | SBS
2017 AIPP VIC Epson Professional Photographer of the Year revealed | Capture
Michael Teo – Epson Victoria PPY | AIPP Journal, Issue 252
What Happened in Victoria? | AIPP Journal, Issue 252
Photojournalism Now | Photojournalism Now