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Inspiring Conversations with Michael Wholey of Wholey Media

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Wholey. 

Hi Michael, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I have just completed my first year of business operating as Wholey Media full-time. How I got here is a long, windy road that is a tad bit unusual. I graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA with an undergraduate degree in Visual & Media Arts with a Concentration in Video Production and also played collegiate basketball for the Emerson Lions while pursuing my degree. After college, I worked briefly Freelance on several commercial shoots for clients such as Samuel Adams, Verizon, and Gillette. I then had an opportunity to combine my love for video with my love for basketball. I served as the Video Coordinator for Boston University Men’s Basketball for one season. I then moved to San Antonio to serve as the Video Coordinator and Director of Travel & Basketball Operations for the San Antonio Silver Stars in the WNBA for two seasons. From there, I was on a path to be a college coach and crisscrossing around the country. I served in roles as an Assistant Coach for Odessa College in Odessa, TX, American University in Washington, DC, University of Memphis in Memphis, TN, and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. Traveling to 27 countries and 9 countries in my final season for Georgia Tech, I decided to change professions, get back to my passion for video and photography, and settle roots in Florida getting closer to family. For five years from 2015-2020, I served as Director of Video Production, Assistant Athletic Director, and Varsity Girls Basketball Coach at Archbishop McCarthy in Southwest Ranches, FL. Getting back to my passion of video production and photography while teaching classes at Archbishop McCarthy helped me begin to create the vision of a full-service media company. Launching in July 2020, Wholey Media offers Photography, Video Production, and Aerial Drone Services. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has by no means a smooth road. Find me a business owner that says owning a business is easy, and I will tell you they are lying. Having launched over a year ago, my main goal in business is to deliver a quality product at reasonable pricing and not make the same mistake twice. Wholey Media continues to evolve as we are in business – as we taking on new jobs and offer new services. Being involved in the real estate market during COVID with real estate photography, video production, and aerial drone services has been very educational as the market goes up and down. With the market being a bit of a roller coaster, over the last 6 months, Wholey Media has adapted from 70-80% of the business being real estate photograph and video walk-throughs to 40-50%. This has been a great change, as we now work with clients and offer services such as professional headshots, personal branding shoots, golf flyover tours, corporate branding videos, event photography, as well as working with a number of small business owners in developing a catalog for social media content. 

We’ve been impressed with Wholey Media, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the owner and sole employee of Wholey Media and oversee everything from start to finish. I pride myself on delivering quality work at reasonable pricing. We specialize in real estate photography, aerial drone photography, real estate video walk-throughs, business headshots, personal branding, small business video production for website, social media, or conferences, corporate branding videos, as well as event photography. Just recently in the last month, we have added product photography and 3-D modeling utilizing Matterport software to our services. 

I am proud of the variety of services we offer and the quality of work that we provide. No job is too big or too small. 

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My love for video and photography started at a young age but it was fueled on steroids when I was able to take TV & Video Production classes in High School with Mr. Stewart at Marshfield HS. With access to cameras and editing equipment, I spent as much of my day at school in his classroom when allowed. His studio and students were referred to as “Stew’s Crew” and two years of assisting in the studio deserves a ton of credit for starting me on this path. 

At Emerson College, I had a number of professors that were very good and helped me develop technical skills, a style, and learn how to be a storyteller but Robert Todd was someone who really took the time to walk me through several projects from start to finish. Todd was a prolific avant-garde filmmaker and sound and visual artist who taught at Emerson for 18 years as a professor of visual and media arts and really took my passion to another level during my time at Emerson. 

Lastly, my parents Paul and Nancy Wholey really encouraged and supported me to launch Wholey Media. Launching a business in the midst of a global pandemic might not always be the best business or financial decision but the two of them pushed me to go for it and have been there every step of the way. 

Pricing:

  • Real Estate Photography $100-$250
  • Real Estate Video $200-$400
  • Event Photography $300-$1,000
  • Headshots $200-$500
  • Video Production $300-$5,000

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