Michelle Kaffko

Michelle Kaffko
Organic Headshots
Chicago, IL 60647
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I first got into photography when I was 16 and found the 1981 Chinon my dad bought when I was born (and now we all know exactly how old I am). I gallivanted around town taking artsy-looking photos of my dog and plants by the side of the road, learning about composition, lighting, and storytelling through images. In college I studied cinematography and darkroom processing and majored in film theory (with a minor in Forensic Anthropology—- who says your undergraduate degree has to make sense?).

After college I started a career in marketing while spending my nights and weekends in a homemade darkroom, learning more about headshots specifically and what makes a good headshot. As more and more people sought me out for headshots, I switched careers to make photography my 100% priority. I started to specialize in corporate portraits and executive headshots and became known as the photographer who can make just about anyone look natural, confident, and just plain great in their photos.

My background in marketing tells me that 99% of my clients are having their headshot taken because they need it for a specific purpose (such as a bio page for their website, a LinkedIn profile for a job search, etc.), and that their photo is a central part of their business and personal promotion and success. That's why at Organic Headshots we always talk to each person about what they're going to use their headshots for so we can make sure we're getting the best photo for their specific purposes. When you come to the studio for a headshot, we'll ask you what line of work you're in and where the photo will be used, so we can work together to choose the right clothing, backdrop color, and poses that will best show what you do and who you are.

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