Michele Westmorland is a freelance photographer with a range of skills, including worldwide travel, cultural, and underwater photography. Michele understands the need to tell a visual story, whether it covers exotic locations or the wonders of the natural world. Her years of diving have led Michele to being an active proponent of marine conservation issues. In addition she is passionate about the culture of Melanesia as highlighted by her project Headhunt Revisited.

The documentary film has been completed and is receiving awards and recognition.  Go to Headhunt Revisited: With Brush, Canvas and Camera to see the trailer and learn more about the history of the artist and of the communities she painted throughout Melanesia.

At Westmorland Images, Michele provides exceptional imagery and branding for adventure companies, properties, and yachts. Michele believes that a successful marketing campaign gives the guest a holistic view of the travel experience that they are embarking on. Westmorland Images is committed to working with eco-friendly and sustainable operations.

Michele has photographed over 20 liveaboard yachts with one of the major clients being the Aggressor Adventures

Michele’s passion is about the oceans and seas in Melanesia, the diverse underwater marine life. What was a specific subject has now expanded to include the people of these islands.  Everything – everyone is connected.

Honors: Inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2011. Received the NANPA Fellows Award in 2015. Featured in Adventurous Dreams, Adventurous Lives by Jason Schoonover. Won several awards including Environmental Photography Invitational, Photo District News, PNG Underwater Photo Competition and Vancouver Award from the PNW Chapter of the Explorers Club. Invited to exhibit in the Pingyao, China International Photography Festival.


Credits: Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler & Adventure, Outside, Outdoor Photographer, Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, EliteUnterwasserWyland’s Ocean Realm, Asian Geo, Diver Canada, Alert Diver and Scuba Diver Australasia

Member of: Explorers ClubInternational League of Conservation Photographers, NANPAThe Society of Woman GeographersWings WorldQuest. Michele is especially proud be to a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and serves as a photographer representative on the Board of Directors.