Michael Gowin Photography
Mail: 220 Delavan St
Lincoln, IL 62656


Working with Michael has been amazingly insightful and well worth the investment.
— Michelle Schneider, artist
The experience with Michael was outstanding... I would highly recommend Michael not only for the great photos but also for the pure fun of working with him!”
— Heidi Herman, author
I was so nervous when I went in but ended up actually having fun. I never thought I would say this but the session was enjoyable thanks to Michael! If you are looking for professionalism and a great person, Michael Gowin Photography is your place!
— Chynna Farmer, real estate agent
[Michael] made the entire experience very comfortable and enjoyable. I love the variety of images he captured and am excited to include them in my new marketing efforts.
— Leslie Benson, designer


What do you need from a photographer?

A professional business headshot that helps clients and prospects get to know, like, and trust you?

Someone who understands marketing and business, who can create images and videos that help you showcase and grow your business?

Since 2006 Michael Gowin has been creating memorable and marketable images for clients from southern Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri, to the Chicago area as well as throughout the cities and towns in central Illinois, including Springfield, Bloomington/Normal, Jacksonville, Peoria, and Champaign/Urbana. He's also a professor of business administration at Lincoln Christian University, where he's taught since 1997. So he knows a thing or two about that as well.

Put his years of photography and marketing insight to work for you

Headshot and portrait clients receive photographs that reveal themselves in telling ways. Michael's goal is not only to create dynamic and flattering images that his clients love, but to ensure that they also enjoy the experience of creating them with him.

Michael brings a strong sense of vision and a distinctive lighting style to every project. In the pursuit of refining his skills to better serve his clients, he is an avid learner. He has participated in numerous learning and training opportunities, including workshops with industry notables such as Chicago-based celebrity wedding photojournalist Bob Davis, Los Angeles-based commercial photographer Mark Robert Halper, and Atlanta-based editorial photographer Zack Arias.

In the press

Michael's "hybrid" approach (still photography + video + audio) to senior photography was featured in a December 2013 Chicago Tribune story. And his business portrait approach and marketing were profiled in the July 2015 issue of Professional Photographer magazine.


On a personal note

Michael and his wife, Suzanne, are nestled snugly with their family in a late-nineteenth-century home in Lincoln, Illinois. A mutual friend introduced the pair while they were in graduate school, claiming they should meet because they "both liked math" (Michael had studied engineering as an undergrad; Suzanne had a math degree). They have nine children: three children "in the traditional manner" and, as of July 2014, six children adopted from Ethiopia.

Michael has formally studied engineering, English, theology, and business (he holds a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees), making him mostly unemployable but at least moderately conversant on a variety of topics.

Michael has been proud to serve the Lincoln/Logan County area by serving as a board member for the local Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Michael today; you'll thank yourself.

One last thing: if you need real estate or property marketing photography, please visit Michael's other site, Illinois Home Photography.

Michael Gowin is a member of Professional Photographers of America

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