News and Updates

Updated Website!

I’m excited to announce the launching of my updated website!

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Research by Frank Gehry, Las Vegas, NV

I recently updated my website to change the layout and apply a new template. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. I use Squarespace for my website hosting, and their tools are really excellent. They make it very easy to get a site up and running, and they offer a lot of customization within their templates.

But it can be a tedious process when you’re trying to accomplish some very specific, nit-picking kinds of changes. No template is perfect, but with a few customizations I was able to get my website looking and working exactly the way I want.

The plaza at PPG Place, Pittsburgh, PA

I’m now using a template that is very common among photographers. At first I was hesitant to make this change because it’s so common. But I realized that my first website on Squarespace when I originally started my business used this exact template. I only later moved away from it because I wanted some additional features it did not offer. But there was a reason I chose it originally, and there is a reason I came back to it now. It’s probably the same reason that so many other photographers choose it. In my opinion it is the best presentation of photography.

It presents the images in as large a format as possible without any wasted space while still maintaining the proper aspect ratio of each image. It responds perfectly to changes in browser size or screen size. I tried several other templates, and even with a lot of style tweaks and custom CSS injection, it was nearly impossible to get them to work the way I wanted as flawlessly as my new template works right out of the box.

I wanted my website to focus on my work--after all, that’s the whole point of the website. And it is the work that differentiates my website from everyone else’s, even if some of them use the same template. Our work is all different. This website template puts the work front and center with no distractions. In the end, the template doesn’t matter--it’s the work you want to see. I think my website does a great job of presenting it to you. I hope you enjoy it!

The clubhouse at Tanager Apartments in Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV

Savidan Gallery Exhibition

I am honored to announce the opening of my first gallery exhibition at Savidan Gallery located at Faciliteq’s showroom in downtown Las Vegas, NV. I’m really excited about this opportunity to share some of my work with the larger design community in Las Vegas.

My exhibition features photographs of the architecture and design of downtown Las Vegas, but it’s not what you might think. I don’t have photographs of the casinos or Fremont Street on display. Instead, these are photographs that show Las Vegas as a living, working city.

For example, featured among my photographs are the Las Vegas City Hall, the World Market Center, the Smith Center, and several residential and commercial buildings. These are the structures of government, culture, life, and work that make Las Vegas a real city beyond its facade of casinos and entertainment.

Inside the Savidan Gallery at Faciliteq on 3rd Street in Las Vegas, NV

This work is part of my ongoing project to capture the environment and life of downtown Las Vegas.

Inside the Savidan Gallery at Faciliteq on 3rd Street in Las Vegas, NV

At the opening reception last night, I said I wanted to thank the architects and designers who continue to build Las Vegas because without them, none of my work would be possible. Not only do architects and designers create the subject matter I love to photograph, they also serve as my inspiration.

I tried to make my photographs fit right in with the scenery outside.

If you’re in Las Vegas, stop by Faciliteq’s showroom on 3rd Street. They have a beautiful gallery, and I’m proud and honored to be showing my work in it.

Savidan Gallery at Faciliteq, Las Vegas, NV

New Instagram Account

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted a new blog article, but that is not because I haven’t had anything going on! In fact, I’ve been extremely busy with a lot of different projects. I’ve also been working very hard to connect with architects and designers and others who are interested in professional architectural photography.

I have also been working on my Instagram account. Over the past few weeks, I have been making a great effort to increase my activity and presence on Instagram. I am trying to make a new post to my account each week. I’m going to continue to post my finished architectural photographs on Instagram, but I also plan to do some behind the scenes posts. I’m working on a video right now that will show some of the magic of post-production in Photoshop.

Here is one of my latest posts:

500 S. Main Garage, Las Vegas, NV

You can learn a little more about this building--parking structure in downtown Las Vegas, NV--in my post. My Instagram account is @michaeltessler, and I added an link to my profile here on my website in the upper right corner of each page.

I am finding that Instagram is a great way for me to connect with lots of different people who have an interest in architecture and design. I hope to see you out there!