Arlene was born and raised in San Diego. She received her BS in Human Services from Springfield College and a certificate in Administration of Justice with a concentration on Forensic Technology from Grossmont College. She studied photography in the Forensics program and it quickly became a passion of hers. She was involved with the YMCA of San Diego County for 13 years as an Office Administrator and HR before she decided to make her quickly growing hobby of photography into a full time occupation. Arlene has been shooting professionally since 2011 and has experience shooting a wide variety of events including weddings, private and corporate events, nightlife, portraits and live music. Her focus with Arlene Collective is to create and nurture strong professional relationships with clients who require high end, quality professionals to document their events.
Mike is originally from Pasadena, CA and moved down to San Diego to attend the University of San Diego where he achieved his degree in International Relations. He has been involved in the restaurant and high-volume bar industry for 6 years as an innovative manager with expertise in hospitality related business operations ranging from fine dining to nightlife. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, personnel management, public relations, event promotions and office administration. Mike puts a heavy concentration on talent oversight as well as developing strong teams that work well together, create fun work environments and foster successful business ventures.