My friend Emmary came by the studio a couple weeks ago for a new business headshot.
Normally I write up a bit about my subject and the technical aspects of the session here on the blog. In this case, however, Emmary wrote such a wonderful review of her experience that I'll simply let her tell the story.
I was at a turning point in my business and knew I needed professional headshots, but I knew I wanted to do them right. I also knew I wanted to work with someone I trusted.
I have known Michael for many years and truly respect his professional and family life. My family is blessed to do life with Michael and his wife Suzanne through church, family and children. I thought that our outside relationship might make the photo session a bit awkward.
That was the furthest from the truth.
Michael was professional and friendly. We chatted about our kids, school, church and so on. He then took the time to learn about what my goal was in getting these pictures taken. I truly appreciated the fact that he wanted to know WHY I was having these pictures done.
We were able to chat comfortably about the “look” I was aiming for and how we could achieve that. During the actual photo shoot, Michael put me right at ease. Initially, I was nervous. A mommy does not usually get in many pictures, let alone have hundreds of pictures taken just of her. Michael guided me through the shoot, explaining the background, the lighting and the angles. I felt like I was truly a part of the session.
Another very valuable part to feeling comfortable was the fact that Michael had me fill out a short survey online that asked my general interests in music, books, entertainment and hobbies. It was obvious that he had paid special attention to that information. My favorite music was playing during the photo shoot, and he often started conversations around my interests and he really listened as I talked.
Michael even allowed me the option to look at the images he was taking as we moved through our time together. I was able to show him which shots I liked best and why. Once again, he listened and continued working toward a perfect shot.
We ended our session together by picking our favorites and I walked away feeling like I had taken the next big step in my professional career.
I was beyond pleased with the final selections. Michael truly captured the look I was wanting. This experience far exceeded my expectations and I am proud to recommend Michael to all those needing professional pictures.
Thank you, Emmary, for your very kind words and for letting me make your pictures.
If you’re in central Illinois (Springfield, Bloomington/Normal, Peoria), I’d be happy to make your business headshot as well.