Amy McCoskey has been in the heathcare field for a number of years. Most recently, Amy has been in medical device sales for Boston Scientific and travels throughout central Illinois (Champaign/Urbana, Bloomington/Normal, Springfield, as well as Alton and other communities) to do her work. She wanted to update her online profile photos from (in her words) a quick "selfie" to something that represents a more professional and businesslike--but still friendly and engaging--look.
After searching for headshot photographers online, Amy found my site and contacted me to make some branding portraits for her. She came up from Springfield to the studio in Lincoln last week and, over the course of 90 minutes or so, we made some new pictures for her.
We took our time, first making some test images to find the most flattering posing, lighting, and backgrounds. We reviewed those images on the computer then went back into the camera room for more photographs. Amy had four or five different outfits and we tried them all with three different background looks to find the combinations that worked the best for her. Before she left the studio, we reviewed all the proofs and selected some candidates for her final selects.
After the session I posted the proofs to a private gallery where Amy could give them a closer look. She emailed me a few hours later with her three favorite choices, one of which is shown above.
I asked Amy if she'd write a few words about her experience; here's what she had to say:
I was looking for a photographer who could capture a headshot to support my daily business activities and help expand on my professional brand.
Working with Michael was so much more than that.
He went far beyond making sure I was happy with the photo. Michael spent the time to share his thoughts on the story each photo was telling. He truly wanted to make sure I was happy with the photo and what it would say about me.
It was a great experience from the preliminary research he did to understand what I wanted, to an amazing session in which he made me feel relaxed and comfortable. I look forward to working with Michael again.
Many thanks to Amy for letting me make her pictures and for her willingness to share her kind words here.
If you're in central Illinois (Peoria, Bloomington/Normal, Springfield, Decatur, or Champaign/Urbana) and want to update and improve your image with professional branding portraits, I'd be happy to help.