Where are we and how did we get here?

Mike's History

1982-2000
BANCHORY, ABERDEENSHIRE, SCOTLAND

Childhood

Mum, Dad and two sisters.

2007-2011
EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY, SCOTLAND.

BA Photography & Film (with Distinction)

4-years as an art student was really something!

SEPTEMBER 2011
LEAVING SCOTLAND FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES

EDI > SFO

July 2012 - Nov 2014
ERIK ALMAS PHOTOGRAPHY INC.

Full-time 1st Assistant & Digital Tech

The real education in commercial photography.

2015-2018
MIKE BYRNE LLC

Career 1st Assistant, Lighting & Digi Tech

Notable photographers: Patrick Demarchelier, Mark Seliger, Martin Schoeller, Dan Winters, Chris Buck, Erin Kunkel, Vincent Dixon, Chloe Aftel, Douglas Friedman, Andreas Hempel, Lauren Loncar, Hubert Kang, Laurie Frankel...the list goes on.

2018 - Present
https://crucialcrew.com/

Founder & CEO @ Crucial Crew

It hasn't always been easy and we were knocked down on many occasions. But we have persevered and it's now something we are proud of. Who knew tech was so difficult?

2018 - Present
MIKE BYRNE PRODUCTIONS

Producer

Initially producing exclusively for Erik Almas Photography Inc.

My on-set experiences allow me to produce shoots effectively and efficiently. I know what it will take because I've done it myself.

Francois' History

1969-1990
PARIS, FRANCE

Childhood & Studies

Mum, Dad and one sister. Studio at the University of Paris. Started working as a model.

1990-1996
LEAVING FRANCE FOR SAN FRANCISCO

CDG > SFO

Working as an Elementary school teacher for 6 years at the French American school of Peninsula. Also student at the Academy of Art of San Francisco and working as a model with Look Agency.

FEBRUARY 1997
LEAVING SAN FRANCISCO FOR NEW YORK

SFO > EWR

Modeling career. Worked with prestigious photographers, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh to name a few.

NOVEMBER 2000
ERIK ALMAS PHOTOGRAPHY INC.

Moved to Miami and started working in Production.

Worked as a production assistant for few years as well as a photo assistant before becoming a producer. Produced for luxury brands, magazines, catalogs and commercials: Hermes, Longchamp, Lacoste, vogue, Marie Claire… to name a few.

2011-PRESENT
RETURN TO CALIFORNIA

Freelance Producer/ Coordinator/ Photo Assistant

New York T times magazine, Hermes, American crew, Lg, Fendi, Saks Fifth Avenue, London Fog, Dazed magazine, Lacoste, Altard’s State, Mudd, Netflix, Cycle gear...