adam sparkes photography » Detroit, Michigan wedding and portrait photography with a photojournalistic and editorial style.

About Adam

So you want to know what got me here?

Above all, a supportive wife and my own hard head have made this career possible for me. That’s the honest truth. I met Mrs. Sparkes at the college newspaper. It wasn’t a whirlwind romance. Not at first, anyway. I made myself frustratingly unavailable to her for about two years. I’m not one for regrets. Not in the slightest, but I often wonder what sort of fun we’d have had with 24 extra undergraduate months under our belts together? It was amongst the bedside police scanners, late-night council meetings and red-eyed deadlines of two young journalists that we got married. After years of those deadlines, and my transition to the corporate art world, we started a family. The pride of my life. My motivation and inspiration for being a documentarian are my children. Every time I charge up the camera batteries, I’m just hoping to be giving my clients the joy that I get from seeing my kids’ photos in a book or on the iPad. A simple thought, but one that drove me to leave a steady income, health insurance and a 9-5 schedule to pursue full-time photography. My wife hardly blinked. Despite my vapid, passionate, frustrated creative desires having to line up with her calculated, intelligent, practical logic … despite all of that, she told me to go for it. So every single time I set out  in shorts and hiking shoes to kayak, or pack my bags for Europe or the Caribbean, every time it is because of her support and the inspiration of my son and daughter’s wild laughter that I get to call these things “another day at the office”. That’s what got me here.

– Adam

725 S Adams Rd #140, Birmingham, MI 48009

Facebook: /adamsparkesphotography

twitter: @asparkes

  • March 21, 2008 - 12:42 pm

    Ed Goodnight - I like your work very much, Adam.

  • November 13, 2008 - 9:21 pm

    deborahcull - How goes it? So great to see another FMer. Things have been crazy busy here, but we’re hoping for some slower times ahead!

  • September 27, 2013 - 8:54 pm

    Steve - Your work is inspiring. Not on your level but I’m working in that direction.

    Any tips on which pieces of equipment one should focus on getting first? (minus the camera and tripod lol)

  • October 4, 2013 - 10:48 pm

    Adam Sparkes - Steve, Thanks kindly for the words. Gear isn’t really the fastest was to improve, though it may be the most fun. Two prime lenses, a dusty viewfinder and lots of people to photograph is the route to go. Thanks again, buddy 🙂

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