Michael Strider lived a simple childhood in a very small town in North Carolina. He discovered his love for music at a very young age when his parents would take him to see country music artists such as Kenny Rogers and Alabama, at the Greensboro Coliseum. As he grew older he found another passion in photography.
Shortly after high school Michael purchased his first professional camera. Eager to hone his craft, he photographed everything he could, ranging from models and architecture, to his dog, Randy (named after guitarist, Randy Rhodes). However, after sneaking his camera into a concert he quickly discovered his real passion was photographing Rock Stars.
Since that time Michael has worked with nearly every Rock Star on Earth. He’s expanded his portfolio to include actors, supermodels, world leaders and the occasional female wrestler. At the peak of his success, a dark cloud overwhelmed his very existence.
On September 9, 2006, while having dinner with his friends, Michael received a call that would change his life forever. One of his best friends committed suicide by gunshot. His name was Matthew. Devastated, Michael blamed himself for not seeing the problem Matthew had been living with. He had no idea Matthew was suffering from Bi-Polar Disorder.
After years of research and very detailed planning, Michael created the LifeAfter project to help those suffering from similar suicidal tendencies. LifeAfter – Visions of Hope is a coffee table book of celebrities that are advocates of suicide prevention. The phrase LifeAfter means there is life after any issue that someone may feel that makes him or her question their very being. Every problem passes, no matter how enormous it may seem.
Together, with the help of his team of activists, the LifeAfter Project will spread awareness throughout our nation and throughout the world.