plural noun: forensics

• scientific tests or techniques used in connection with the detection of crime.
• a laboratory or department responsible for tests used in detection of crime.
noun: forensic

Forensic photography, also referred to as crime scene photography, is an activity that records the initial appearance of the crime scene and physical evidence, in order to provide a permanent record for the courts.

Forensic Photographers produce a permanent visual record of accidents and crime scenes for use as evidence in court. Forensic photographs are used for measurement or analysis, to accompany forensic reports, articles or research papers.

Joseph Michael had the opportunity to break into the world of forensics back in the mid 90s. The word "Forensics" wasn't even a word that peopleo understood or even used. Until TV shows started like CSI, Forensic Files, Criminal Minds, True Stories, Court TV and the list goes on. As Joseph Michael's eagerness grew and how much he was intrigued about the world of forensics and his passion for photography, A career was born! In July 1996, the unfortunate TWA Flight 800 crash took place in Smith Point on Long Island. Within hours, Joseph was on scene and continued for about 3 months collecting and documenting the evidence.

​While working full-time as a Forensic Photographer for Nassau County, Joseph Michael received his Master's Degree in photography from C.W. Post/ LIU. At this point of time, He started up and was a key influence to the Medical Examiner's Mass Disaster Team which he is still the lead of today. In 2001 9-11occured and Joseph Michael and the Mass Disaster Team sprung into action. Since Joseph's career evolved, today, being the supervisor of the photo lab and always eager to learn more, S.O.R.T. (Special Operations Response Team) was born. Besides organizing the Medical Examiner's annual Mass Disaster training, he also attends and is involved with OEM's (Office of Emergency Management) annual training with ALL Nassau County agencies. Joseph also is Hazmat Certified and continues to train with FEMA and Homeland Security twice a year.

Joseph Michael’s forensic career has touched many and has allowed him to work closely with the District Attorney, the police department, doctors and medical personnel throughout Long Island.

No matter the subject matter, Joseph Michael takes each assignment seriously, professionally, and with an eye of an artist. Joseph Michael's passion has always been photography and it shows through his work.