Mike Van Cleven was born and raised in Belgium. At the early age of 8 he came in contact with photography through a relative. At the age of 15 Mike spend his free days with a professional photographer who taught him the dark room secrets. With no digital cameras existing, photography for the young apprentice was full of trial and error.
Although throughout his early twenties he was not creating any commercial photography but merely explored his creative visual skills, he worked closely on brand and image projects that required high-end visual communication.
At the age of 28 and having worked with and for some of the worlds largest consumer brands, Mike decided to use his experience in favor of his own dreams and ambitions that he had since he was a kid, and focussed on his photography skills and business.
Since then he has photographed for various brands, magazines and clients worldwide. Today Mike works primarily as a commercial photographer, focusing on fashion and advertising.