Mike Lewis, aka @mike2swim, joins the show to talk about how he went from being a collegiate swimmer, to working at the executive level for the Olympic Canoe/Kayak and Water Polo teams, to finally deciding to focus on photography and find himself back in the pool with the athletes he knew best. Growing up in southern California, Mike gravitated towards the water at an early age and quickly became an accomplished swimmer. It would become a sport that would help him have a drive and focus throughout his high school years. During that time, like so many others that have been on this show, he found photography and fell in love with the process. Throughout his years as a swimmer, and then later on in his professional life working with olympic athletes, the camera was always close by and gave Mike a meditative and creative outlet that he became more and more focused on becoming proficient at. When one of his close friends started Swim Swam, which would become one of the biggest swimming media outlets in the world, Mike found a way to be able to focus on two of his biggest passions, swimming and photography. Before long Mike created some images that would help launch his career to a new level and provide him opportunities to work with the biggest name swimmers and brands around. During our conversation Mike talks about how he created a niche portfolio and career dedicated to one of his life's biggest passions, the specific challenges photographers face when photographing aquatic sports, how he tries to bring mindfulness into his daily life and work, and the advice he gives to others coming up in this world.
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