Hey! I’m Michael McManus, co-founder of M2 Photo and I make interactive chalkboard portraits. What’s a chalkboard portrait? It’s where photography meets drawing.
In January 2015 I was with my daughters at a church where they took piano lessons. While one was taking their lesson, I’d hang with the other in a classroom. One day, I decided to do a quick drawing on the chalkboard and take a picture of my one daughter in front if it. From that point on, each week I’d make a drawing.
Eventually, we created a small chalkboard wall in our kitchen. Then my wonderful wife gave me a big wall to play with. This changed my drawings because it gave me more than 45 minutes to do a drawing and allowed me to work on a drawing for as long as I want. Some drawings take as little as a few hours and some up to 20+.
If you’re interested in collaborating or commission a drawing please contact me. And follow me on Instagram!
Oh and this portrait of me? Taken by my daughter when she was 8. She’s rad.