Photo: Aaron Fineman

Photo: Aaron Fineman

Images by design

Too many professional headshots follow a formula. As a result, too many headshots show the same handful of personalities, pasted on different bodies, reducing the complexity and stories of the people who are actually in front of the lens.

Drawing on my coaching approach, I work with my clients to make unique, intimate images that reflect who they actually are. My clients use their pictures to stand out in their marketing for their values, approach, and personality, without saying a word.


Headshots: suitable for book covers, faculty or speaker biographies, acting and modeling, and “about” sections in websites.

Portraits: more creative, usually full body. Suitable for creative marketing on websites and flyers. Often showcase process: facilitating, coaching, painting, sewing, singing…

Design assets: images to use on marketing materials. Usually no people in the image. Helps the viewer understand the essence of what you do. Facilitator who emphasizes mindfulness in dialogue? A picture of a singing bowl. Masseuse? Lit incense. Voice coach who emphasizes release? Open skies.


Madhu Maron,
Coach & Facilitator

"Michael, I love the photo shoot you created for me. This was not just about head shots, this was a transformational experience. The way you combine photography and coaching is truly magical. I feel like I know myself better and have a better sense of how I want to show up in the world. I'll use these photos with joy and excitement for years to come."

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Shane Harrington, Musician

"Michael is an amazing photographer who allowed me to drop my guard and reveal moments of honesty on our recent photo shoot. This rare combination of professionalism and warmth is something to be treasured."

Schedule a free 30-minute conversation to explore photography.


From the very start, Michael Wilson sought out a real connection with me, he listened, watched and tossed around ideas. The result was a whole file of photos that reflect something honest about me and my work. He was creative in using the space and took advantage of the natural light. He put me at ease with his gentle humor. And he provided me with the final images quickly. I use his photos all the time: on my website, in mailings and printed materials.
— Belinda Mello,


Weddings, Groups, and Families

Clients include The Museum of the City of New York; the CUNY School of Professional Studies; Reach out and Read of Greater New York; Visual AIDS; The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center; Immigrant Defense Project; Urban Glass; Artistic Freedom Initiative; and Asia Contemporary Art Week.

Michael did an amazing job photographing our rehearsal dinner. He asked specific questions to know how to best set-up his equipment for the venue. He asked about relationships between our guests, and which group pictures we wanted to make sure to have. He actively worked with our guests to get a great variety of shots. My favorite pictures are his individual portraits, which portray so much personality. Thank you!!
— Emily Fenton, Newlywed


And you say, ‘Impossible!’ as he hands you a bone
And something is happening here but you don’t know what it is
Do you, Mr. Jones?
— Bob Dylan, Musician