NEWSWORTHY> From Modified Mag to Motor Mavens

Arizona native Mike Maez could easily be called a veteran in the game, as the former West Coast Editor for Modified Magazine, shooting over 40 magazine covers (and counting) for Modified and it’s Luxury and Exotics title.

Mike got his start in the photography game just as drifting first hit the United States… And, like our fellow Motor Maven Antonio Alvendia, drifting changed his life. Drifting was the force that pushed Mike over the edge, inspiring him to upgrade both his gear and his skills to more accurately capture its unparalleled excitement and emotion. As the scene grew and Mike honed his skills, he found himself called upon by various companies and media outlets to shoot feature cars and events from coast to coast.

Despite his years as a professional photographer and editor for Modified, Mike is still eager as ever to contribute to the Motor Mavens Movement; sharing insight on past and present projects, shooting exclusive feature cars, and giving his own slant on industry events and trends. Even though Mike still remains busy with his current editorial and advertising responsibilities, we understand that even as a part-time contributor, the quality of Motor Mavens content can only increase with Mike on board. We are glad to welcome Mike to the Motor Mavens team and cannot wait to see what he has in store!

Trust us, you need to stay tuned to Motor Mavens!

:: Dax Rodriguez

MotorMavens Readers' Blog

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16 Responses to “NEWSWORTHY> From Modified Mag to Motor Mavens”

  1. Tree says:

    MM is putting together a SOLID group of talented staff. Major PROPS to all of you.

  2. Hell yeah! I haven’t actually worked on a project with Mike since like 2004-ish when I was still shooting for Modified and Mike just joined the magazine. He’s one of the best shooters in the industry, in my opinion. And you never hear me saying that type of stuff about photographers usually!

    I can’t wait to see the Mike.Maez vs Dax.Rod photo battles! Sick!!!

  3. Andy Sapp says:

    SOOO stoked to have Mike on board! I’m a huge fan of his work! :D

  4. Colum says:

    Good stuff Mike!
    You Motor Mavens guys are lucky. Mike in an incredible photographer. I loved working with him.. he did so many amazing shoots for me at Modified Luxury & Exotics and was always eager to get better.

  5. marcG says:

    bienvenue a MM!


  6. anakin says:

    Awesome team!

  7. Killzone says:

    Modified was my fave mag back in the day – Killer team, mavens!

  8. Ustaluva says:

    This is my first time posting but i’ve been following this site for a month or so and I have to say, I’m really impressed with what you’re doing over here. You’re attracting really talented photogs and videographers and I like what I’ve seen so far. Keep it up!

  9. Kuruu says:

    Very nice.

  10. Dave Pratte says:

    Half man, half aMaezing!

  11. With 40 wins, 0 losses, 39 knock outs with 4 birdies and 2 punt returns…Mike Maez is in the building!

  12. Linhbergh says:

    Man, you guys have a KILLER fucking team going on and with Mike Maez now? KILLING IT.

    Nice job guys :)

  13. Hey! Nice to see you posting here Linhbergh! =)

    Dax, I just wanted to give you props on the lighting. I like how you even busted out the gels for the background, haha! It’s as if Mike was featured on one of those model sites like babeblvd or or something HAHAHA! Either that, or you shot this photo at a “house of ill repute.”

    LOL tell us the TRUTH!!!

  14. Pat Daly says:

    LOL @ “House of ill repute” hahaha. Nice shot by Dax, I also noticed the gel, well done, glad you chose pink! Antonio’s favorite color haha

    I was so pumped to here about Mike Maez, I used to go to Barnes and Noble just to see what cars he had shot lately for Modified L&E and the way he lit them. What a huge huge addition. Motor Mavens has quite the powerhouse of creative talent.Keep it comin!

  15. Cornfeed says:

    The best team in the world

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