Michell Santelik studied under and worked for the premier PPA Certified Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman in the area, with extensive experience in the film lab, including panoramic processing. This mentoring led to a lifelong passion for photography as the ideal vehicle of artistic expression. She subsequently went on to become a key component in growing one of the most renowned sports photography outfits in Northwest Indiana and Northeast Illinois, with a 10+ year involvement in all aspects of sports photography. Simultaneous growth of the sports business and self-pursuits led to an overwhelming demand for Michell's expertise, resulting in the formation of Santelik Studio in 2009. She is also a member of the Professional Photographers of America.