About - Mike Killian Photography

Welcome to Mike Killian Photography!

I enjoy shooting a variety of subjects; scenic landscapes, the night sky, storms and wonders of nature, wildlife, engineering marvels and etc - but my career is in spaceflight and aviation photojournalism, specializing in producing launch and air-to-air imagery. I'm the Managing Editor for the daily spaceflight news site AmericaSpace, and work freelance otherwise with websites like Aviation Photo Digest and AvGeekeryreporting on and documenting the many people, machines, missions and efforts in the civilian and government / military aerospace and defense industry. 

My assignments over the years have brought me onboard NASA's Space Shuttles, front row for launches to worlds across the Solar System, in clean rooms with Mars rovers, in the skies pulling G's with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and many others, and on space launch range-clearing missions with the U.S. Air Force (to date the only photojournalist to do so).

I even intercepted a total solar eclipse for an assignment with the US Navy in 2017.

I'm honored to volunteer with a few Reno Air Racing Teams as a team photographer & videographer, and worked as a team photographer for Breitling Jet Team in 2016 on their American Tour. I also work for hire throughout the year on various aviation assignments elsewhere, and love to shoot landscapes, the night sky and basically anything scenic.

I also love a good storm & storm chase, & even intercepted the eye-wall of monster Hurricane Michael in Panama City, Florida in 2018, where I provided video of the storm making landfall to ABC, CBS, USA Today, NY Times & other major news outlets.

Over the years my work has been featured in and used by organizations such as:


* SpaceX

* Major mainstream news outlets such as NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN & others.

* National Geographic
* U.S. Air Force

* US Navy
* ABC World News Tonight 

* Good Morning America

* CBS This Morning

* The Weather Channel
* GoPro 

* Airbus
* Best Western Hotels
* Space.com
* Astronomy Picture Of The Day (APOD)
* Air & Space Magazine

* Combat Aircraft Magazine

* Vertical Magazine

* Warbird Digest Magazine

ME Atlantis

Flying With World Aerobatics Champion Rob Holland

Most of my images are available to purchase as paper, canvas and metal prints, as well as HD acrylic, please contact me for ordering.

Images are always available to license for personal or editorial and commercial use, and I'm always open to new projects & assignments, especially anything aerospace-related.

My rates are reasonable & negotiable!

I love what I do, & I hope everyone enjoys my work as much as I enjoy doing it.  

Please don't forget to LIKE Mike Killian Photography on Facebook, you can follow me on Instagram as well, where I share new images daily!

BELOW - Portfolio of some of my favorite works over the years. Clicking on any image will bring you to its gallery.

Licensing rights for various usages and prints are always available, please CONTACT me for inquiries!

Featured in the June 2017 issue of Combat Aircraft Magazine

ABOVE: One final flight, USMC Capt Jeff "Kooch" Kuss, Blue Angel 6, was lost in a tragic accident not long after my photo shoot with him, Blue Angel 5 & Team Oracle's Sean Tucker for the 2016 Great Tennessee Air Show.

BELOW: The sun reflects a starburst off Capt Kuss' canopy, shortly before he was lost in a tragic accident during practice for the 2016 Great Tennessee Air Show.

BELOW: Rob Holland & the U.S. NAVY TAC DEMO from VFA-106 honor Blue Angel #6, Capt. Jeff Kuss, at the 2016 Vero Beach Air Show. TAC DEMO stepped up to replace the Blues when the team cancelled shows after the accident in TN.

BELOW: Watch Our Tribute Video

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