My journey to business headshot photography
There are so many things that have influenced and shaped where I am today. My brother’s mentorship so many years ago catapulted me into the world of computer consulting. A handful of leaders I had the privilege of working with at Dayton-Hudson and Medtronic taught me what it means to have integrity, a sense of urgency and a passion for quality.
The journey to becoming a headshot photographer
So as I reflect this week, I’d like to share a little bit of the story from the last four years that got me where I am today. When I launched my practice, one thing was certain. I would take my 25+ years of communications experience and share that expertise with both small businesses and Fortune 1000 companies – like my “alma mater” Medtronic – doing writing, project management, small business launches, video production, and more. I also knew that I wanted a portion of my business to be dedicated to my other passion: photography.
I knew little to nothing about headshot photography. So I started researching and Googling headshot photography. Enter Peter Hurley. At that time, Peter was unquestionably the best headshot photographer in New York City, and now the world. And he was just launching his Ph2Pro community of headshot photographers. In fact, I joined before the site was even officially live. When I found Peter Hurley, I knew I had found the expert that could help me hone my skills. What I didn’t know was just how much he would shape me personally and professionally.
Thank you, Peter Hurley!
Peter Hurley has a gift – many gifts! He is genuine. He is generous. He is amazingly talented. His energy is boundless. And, I am proud to say, he is my mentor and coach. After taking that first Headshot Intensive in Chicago, Peter gave me the confidence to embark on my mission to become the best business headshot photographer in the Twin Cities. Without Peter’s mentoring, critiquing and “tough love,” I would not be the photographer I am today. And then there’s the whole Ph2Pro community. Some of the wonderful photographers and people I met in that class in Chicago remain friends today as part of Peter Hurley’s community – Adrian, Gus, Joel, Lenna, Michael, Randall, Sebastian, Victor.
After a ton of work; many, many critiques; lots of late nights; and yes, a few tears; one of the highlights of my journey was when I achieved the status of Associate Photographer for Peter Hurley a few years ago.
Can’t wait to see what the next four years bring!
Below are a handful of my favorite headshots from the past year that I could not have captured without the mentorship, training and coaching of Peter Hurley.