Michael Carranza and his luxury lens capturing elegance 

In People, People, Playa del Carmen & Tulum by Regina García

Meet Michael Carranza, the visionary luxury photographer and videographer originally from California, who has made Tulum his home and primary place of work. Michael captures the beauty of Tulum, the magical blend of jungle and sea, opulence and nature, while also capturing the exquisite architectural pieces that can be found in this Caribbean town. Every shoot he takes transports you to an aesthetically pleasing world, where luxury, beauty, and travel converge. Get to know more about his life and vision in this short interview.

Name: Michael Carranza

Instagram: @michaelcarranza_

Title: Luxury Photographer/Videographer

City you live in: Tulum, Mexico

Most recent city visited: Los Angeles 

A typical day in my life includes… Gym first thing in the morning, going to a cafe to have breakfast, then editing or shooting content for villas/hotels.

I was born… in a small town called Lindsay, California 

When I was younger, I wanted to be… a professional golfer

My first job was… working at a retail store called Hollister 

My favorite thing about traveling is… exploring new places, architecture, and food. 

I’m currently listening to… “Territory” by The Blaze 

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… my grandpa

One thing I cannot travel without… my camera

I’m inspired by… beautiful architecture surrounded by nature

The perfect day would be… spending time with family traveling to amazing places

My favorite place I’ve visited: Sian Kaan 

My top 3 bucket list destinations: Bali, Thailand, Maldives 

My life… I’ve always challenged myself growing up. I never followed the crowd. I’ve always been motivated by my passions. Once I have a vision, I go all in and make it happen. I love my life, I love what I do, and I couldn’t be any happier. I get paid to stay to make content at amazing places. This has always been my dream and I’m glad I’m living it. 

I’m currently working on… building my portfolio with luxury villas and hotels. 

Pictures: Michael Carranza.

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