Miguel Sandinha started his career in Paris as an assistant photographer. His mentor was Jerry Purcer-Sarna, an artist, a painter, photographer and former Art Director of Harper's Bazaar. Under the mentorship of Jerry Purcer-Sarna, he learned the art of working with light and directing models who were sometimes shot with an 8x10 view camera. He also learned the importance of meticulous preparation. He then opened his own studio with a partner and worked on many advertising gigs. More interested in moving around and travelling than doing studio work, he went into fashion as a freelance photographer where he quickly made a name for himself. He worked with major magazines (Vogue, Niños, Milk) around the world and on ad campaigns for international brands.