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Michael Cavotta Studios

Beachwood, OH, Cuyahoga

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‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019
Michael Cavotta Studios logo
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Michael Cavotta Studios

Beachwood, OH, Cuyahoga

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‘19 Certificate of Excellence, 2019

About

As a headshot photographer and personal branding coach, I’ve helped thousands of people put their best face forward with images that say the right things about them.

When I’m not taking pictures of heads or poking around inside them, you’ll find me acting half my age at CrossFit, undoing the effort with pizza, and and binge-watching great TV.

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Maureen Pfaff

21 October 2019

If you are in need of a headshot that you love and shows the real you, look no further - Michael is your guy! The time he takes to help you drill down and articulate the specific characteristics which are the foundation of who you are creates a connection that makes the photo session truly enjoyable. I traveled over 2,000 miles to get a great photo and I am thrilled with my shot...that's me looking back from the picture. Thank you Micheal and I will be calling again when it's time for an update! More...

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Tricia Tipping

14 October 2019

Excellent experience working with Michael. Loved the results of my daughter's headshot photoshoot!

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Stacey Bornstein

14 October 2019

Michael is a joy to work with. My daughter was so comfortable with him and the outcome exceeded my expectations. We will defiantly be back!

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Kimberly Braver

14 October 2019

Michael made the photography session a low key fun event. He has an amazing attention to detail that enabled us to move the process stress free and quickly . I was delighted with the final result! More...

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Anita Corbo

7 October 2019

Michael is very intuitive in that he can sense what a person is capable of rather than who they are right now. Had such a pleasure working with his speedy skills. He brought out my weirdness in a beautiful aesthetic way & made me feel more unique as a result. His suggestions during the shoot were imaginative & I truly wished I could have used all of his photos instead of just the two I had to choose. Great at communicating with me & trying hard to capture the human & imperfections of me as a person, not just a photo. Thank you, Michael! -:) More...

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Jill Kovtunov

19 September 2019

He is a legit artist! My headshot looks so amazing, words cannot describe. One truly gifted man!!

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Matt Matheny

27 August 2019

Best person to work with

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John Voso Jr

15 August 2019

Michael is an expert. They say it takes 10,000 to build your craft. Look at his work, they hours are in Times a few extra 1,000’s! My portrait received over 500 Likes. Pretty incredible. Michael also shot my daughter Deanna for her first professional business image. Many thanks, pick up the phone, call Michael today. It’s fun, you feel good and you will possess his work. Join thousands of other professionals soon! More...

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Beth Hall

13 August 2019

Michael is a true professional who makes each client feel comfortable and his sole priority. It was an excellent experience, and I was very pleased with the end result! I would definitely recommend anyone in need of a professional picture to go to Michael Cavotta Studios - you won't be sorry! More...

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Sofi Damjanovska

8 August 2019

Amazing experience! Working with Michael is so much fun and before you know it you end up with this perfect picture.The work he does is magic and art combined. I highly recommend him

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Sofi Damjanovska

7 August 2019

Working with Michael was so much fun! It is interesting how you don't feel like your picture is being taken and before you know it you have this amazing end product. Michael is a true artist/magician (: I highly recommend him Thank you for the amazing picture Michael More...

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Alyssa Rospierski

5 August 2019

Michael makes the experience so easy going and fun. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking!

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Chad Johnson

30 June 2019

Outstanding experience! Loved seeing behind the scenes as to what not only makes a headshot look great but why. Michael carefully and confidently explained everything along the way which puts one at ease. Highly recommend!

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Jessie Matia

5 June 2019

I loved my experience with Michael in the studio. Very authentic and genuine. My opinion was heard and the outcome was exactly what I had envisioned, all thanks to his guidance. Highly recommend. Thank you again!

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Steven Gesis

20 May 2019

Very cool - excellent experience very professional highly recommend

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Vadim Kleyner

3 May 2019

Michael, thank you very much !!!! Portraits are awesome and the experience was an awesome one!

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Connie Judge Pallante

26 April 2019

My son recently had his senior picture taken by Michael and I am completely blown away by how incredible the picture is !!! I literally cannot stop looking at it. The picture completely captures my son's spirit. It is not just a picture of my son .... it IS my son. Michael is such a talent and a true professional. I would highly recommend him for any head shot but what he is able to capture on camera makes your child's senior picture especially meaningful. More...

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Sara Rini Golden

8 April 2019

As a company, we have been using Michael for our professional head shots for our senior leadership team. Michael is extremely thorough, professional and takes his time with each person. He also is very quick to get the proofs back to you as well. I highly recommend him, he is fantastic and such a pleasure to work with! More...

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Ari Lewis

26 March 2019

Michael does great work. A+++ photo.

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Aubrey Phelps

16 March 2019

Michael was great. I was really nervous about doing the headshots; felt like "school picture" day with higher stakes. But, Michael was welcoming, excited, and just so confident he would get a great shot. His confidence was contagious and I felt much more at ease and like we would end up with a wonderful final product, which we did. I really appreciate his attention to detail and desire to really connect with the client so that they come alive in the picture. More...

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Melanie Locher

10 March 2019

What a great experience! Michael Cavotta Studios was recommended to me by a friend who had an awesome photo taken of himself and his wife. Not only is Michael above and beyond in his work, but he is also very personable ... he makes you feel right at home. He brings out the true essence of you and has a sense of knowing how to pull it out of you. I highly recommend him. Thank you, Michael for such a great experience from the beginning to the very end. More...

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Catherine Albers

24 February 2019

Had a great time with Michael and he got the real me !

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Allison DiMichele

7 February 2019

I heard about Michael Cavotta from a colleague when I told her I needed a new headshot. She absolutely raved about her experience with Michael, so it was a no-brainer for me to book an appointment. Not only was I able to work with Michael, but also with his assistant, Isaac!! They make a fantastic team! The process was so enjoyable, made even easier with the warm and welcoming environment they created. I highly recommend them both!! More...

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David Kronenberg

7 February 2019

Great experience getting my headshot with Michael. Nothing forced - just a casual conversation that turned into a great photo... authenticity at it's finest.

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Jacki Morgenstern Bell

2 February 2019

This was my first experience having a professional headshot so it was a little nerve racking going in. As soon as I met Michael, he made me feel very relaxed and comfortable. He made it easy. I trusted his process and expertise and was extremely pleased with the end result. I highly recommend! More...

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Brandon Mihalo

24 January 2019

Very cool studio environment ! Would definitely recommend working with Michael.

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Jennifer Conley

18 January 2019

Working with Michael was fantastic! I was so nervous and uncomfortable being photographed but he made it a very pleasant and enjoyable experience. He was able to make me feel comfortable and confident and I ended up loving the headshot process with him. Thank you for the wonderful experience, Michael! 10/10 recommend!! More...

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Maria Papouras Pettet

7 January 2019

Michael was AMAZING! He was awesome at breaking through and making this so much fun. If you are questioning if you should schedule an appt...do it!! You won’t regret it!

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Heidi Frisbie

31 December 2018

Michael is awesome to work with! I am extremely satisfied with not only the end result, but he made the process effortless and fun.

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Katherine Miracle

11 December 2018

Thank You for listening to my needs and giving me a headshot that truly captured my brand. The photo shoot was so fun. Thank You!

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Molly Dwyer Drake

30 November 2018

Awesome experience with Michael!! Very professional, excellent photos.

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Dave White

30 November 2018

Michael is the best I’ve seen! Top notch! Second to none. Exceptional quality. Unrivaled experience!

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Amanda Kish

6 November 2018

Had headshots done for my new career journey and am beyond pleased with the entire experience. From the moment I walked in, I felt comfortable and confident I was going to leave with an amazing photo. And that I did

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Ramona Charles

1 November 2018

I had a basic head shot done for personal use. The experience was actually fun rather than stressful and I love the picture Michael created for me. I am very glad I decided to go to Head Space. More...

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Jim Myers

29 September 2018

Michael is a true professional and a one of a kind artist. He is a perfectionist but not in an overbearing way. He made the somewhat anxious process of getting headshots for a professional website feel like a fun day at the office. All in all, he does flawless work.

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Andrew Sobotka

29 September 2018

Michael Cavotta is a creative and focused individual that worked with us on a project and we can't thank him enough for the creative effort he put into the process. We were exceptionally impressed with his level of enthusiasm, experience, and promptness. He is a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend his services. More...

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Elisa Budoff

11 September 2018

Michael goes far beyond take a headshot. He takes the time to learn about his clients and works to bring that image to life. Highly recommend!

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Brian Zenz

30 August 2018

I can't stress enough how exceptional this experience was for me from start to finish. I needed professional headshots because, well, I'm a professional, and I have been avoiding this process for a few years now. Going to to see Michael was the best move I could have made. He made the process simple and rewarding, and the results are incredible. He is professional, patient and remarkably talented, and I would unreservedly recommend him to anyone looking to improve their personal or professional impact! More...

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Alison Magyari

21 August 2018

I loved the opportunity to work with Michael. The perfect mix of passion, heart and realism. It was so much more than a photo session. I love the process of self discovery mixed in. More...

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Laurie Hrouda Phillips

21 August 2018

What does Cleveland have that LA and NYC doesn't? Michael Cavotta Studios! From the time you enter the studio until you walk out the door Michael transports your individual personality to a world of class and sophistication. From someone who hates to be in front of a camera (my teenage son) to someone who loves being in front of a camera (myself), Michael has amazing wizardry skills that make you feel confident, successful, comfortable and excited. My son and I went for a photo shoot but left with an experience we will always remember plus my son has a senior picture that he is proud of that represents who he is inside and out. Thanks Michael for the experience, now it's my turn!! More...

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Roselyn Muñiz

21 August 2018

Michael Cavotta is such a professional. He is easy to work with and he takes his time making sure he captures the authentic you. I am still amazed at how great my headshot turned out. More...

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Andrea Silbermann Apshago

21 August 2018

First session in Ohio and I will not go anywhere else. Highly recommend.

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Shannon Otto Stocker

21 August 2018

Relaxed, genuine, sincere. Michael asks his clients to list three words that describe themselves prior to a photo shoot - but these are three words I'd use to describe Michael's style. He doesn't just want to snap a high quality photo (though he certainly does plenty of that); he wants to freeze your personality in time. He's the best. Period. More...

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Melanie Pinkerton

21 August 2018

An amazing job from an amazing professional! Michael truly gets it and gets into the root of the individual that he is capturing!

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Stacy Kaat

21 August 2018

As a photographer, I came to Michael for several reasons; I wanted to experience what it was like to work with someone who was going to treat me like a client, not a competitor. And I wanted a headshot that was truly expressive of who I am!

Working with Michael was so easy, he handles every step professionally, and the results are outstanding! People always tell me they recognize me from my photo, and that I look like the type of person they want to know and work with.

I did the YQ program that included Jennifer Margolis and the whole experience changed my life and how I do business.

Say 'Yes" to working with Michael!
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Mary Houston

21 August 2018

Michael is a true professional and an amazing photographer. He has an unbelievable way to connect with his clients and create true and lasting images! I highly recommend him and he is our "go to" for head shots. I so appreciate that when you are in his studio he is totally focused on you, discovering who you are, to create that true head shot. More...

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Kelly Johanns

21 August 2018

Michael has been the go-to at Futuri Media for team members to showcase their individual personal brand. For a team that is high energy and fast-paced, Michael provides a relaxed atmosphere and professionalism which results in a "let's get it right" approach that we live by daily. Being on the same page equals confident head shots and a happy team. More...

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Candace Vann

21 August 2018

Michael was so great to work with. I went to him for headshots and he made the process so easy. He has great energy and really makes you feel comfortable. I highly recommend him. Also, the studio space is very cool with lots of awesome artwork. More...

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Joe Vaccaro

21 August 2018

Invigorating, Innovative, Inspiration. Just a few words that came to mind during Michael's shoot. I've never been open to limelight, photos, videos ect. for marketing, but Michael helped me feel confident and brought some edge to the shoot. Would definitely recommend him to other professionals and others on my team. More...

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Tommy Walland

21 August 2018

Michael defines authentic. He is real. He is fun. He is passionate. He did a great job capturing headshots for our company. I really appreciated the experience and would highly recommend him to anyone else. Thanks again! More...

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Marina Gordon-Byrko

21 August 2018

Finally got my new headshots done with Michael Cavotta! The session was great and I'm thrilled with the results. If you want a headshot that brings out the unique, authentic YOU, he's your guy!'

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Ben Haire

21 August 2018

Michael uses an interesting blend of psychoanalysis and intuition to develop a profile he uses in approaching the photo session, which was great. It helped me figure out the image that I would like to present to the world, and the shooting experience was, for once, a lot of fun. My photograph turned out great, and I can only offer sincere recommendations for his services. More...

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Paige Klopfenstein

21 August 2018

If there is one thing that truly encapsulates the session and the value of the work done with Michael it is along the lines of this: "I hope to help you see yourself in a new way." Michael was not only able to capture a great headshot, he was able to help me look at myself and my headshot through an authentic and clear lens. His ability to distill the parts that are truly me and wash away the noise of my or anyone else's put on expectations was incredible. Hard to believe I walked out feeling more confident and stronger just by getting a new headshot, but then again after his approach and ability to listen not only with his camera but as a person it is not that hard to believe at all. Many Thanks. More...

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Nicole Kallay Rodriguez

21 August 2018

I walked in the door nervous and not knowing what to expect, I never like pictures of myself. I walked out amazed! I fell in love with multiple pictures and had to narrow it down. You were absolutely wonderful to work with. Thank you for getting me in so quickly and doing such a fantastic job! More...

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Rob Romick

21 August 2018

Met with Michael this morning to take updated head shots for our company and it was a blast working with him. Not only did the photos turn out remarkable, but it was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend his work to all. Michael was very informative and thorough. He gave great direction and was extremely easy and fun to work with throughout the shoot. More...

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Jay Perales

21 August 2018

Michael is an amazing photographer. I hate taking photos, however he made me very comfortable. So comfortable that I asked my girl J if I could use her platform on FB to rave about him. He is super kind, and friendly. Not to mention he made me look ridiculously good. He exceeded my expectations. So if you are shopping around for a new head shot or just photos this is your Guy. This Gentleman is amazing and his studio is professional, clean, and a work of art literally. Choose Michael Cavotta! Tell him Ivette M. Sent you.


P.s. thank you J for letting me use your platform.
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Dawn Perry

21 August 2018

A handful of our staff went to Michael for the Photo Branding for our Team page on our website. He is an amazing human! He really makes you think about yourself and the type of human you are or even want to be which we as people don't time to do enough. I don't normally like to have my photo taken by myself... He made it less painful and actually made it fun. Best personal picture of just ME I have had in a very long time. Thanks Michael I would recommend you to EVERYONE!!! More...

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Cindy Smith

21 August 2018

My new job required us to get head shots at Michael's Studio. I told my bosses that this was almost a deal breaker for starting work there because I just don't dig having myself being photographed. They kept on telling me that it will be a very good experience and when I went back to work today, I had to tell them they were correct. What a great experience and I will be going back to Michael sometime in the late spring to have some of my paintings photographed by him. Thanks for a great experience and head shot also! More...

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Alexa Johnson

9 August 2018

Michael was awesome! I am not a fan of getting my photo taken in a professional setting with all the lights and awkward poses, but Michaels experience made me feel comfortable and made the time spent there fun. My photo came out and great and I am happy to use it for all my marketing. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing a new headshot! More...

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Dana Fernandez Debski

9 August 2018

Michael did my 17 year old daughter’s first headshot. She was nervous going in but he quickly put her at ease and was able to capture her personality. I had thought we would get a great picture but I didn’t realize that he was going to present us with a glimpse of her true self in a photo. He was able to find the right balance of youthfulness and poise. We couldn’t be happier with the entire experience. More...

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Donald Younker

1 August 2018

Michael is very professional. If you have any concerns about having your picture taken, fear not. Michael's style makes the process simple.

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Denise Quiggle

30 July 2018

OMG you would not believe the response I received when I decided to use my head shot for my Facebook! Hundreds of likes and more then 50 comments about how damn beautiful I am! LOL. I have never had so many responses about ANYTHING. Not to mention my parents were very impressed how they felt the pic captured the true 'ME' and reflected a professional and classy image. Michael nailed it! More...

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Julie Limon

23 July 2018

The experience of creating a brand with Michael was enlightening. Michael
ensures that the essence of your business and your persona is captured and presented authentically.
Working with Michael will solidify your professional direction in unique ways that you may miss on your own. Bravo Michael!
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Ken York

30 June 2018

Aewsome

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Bruno Teixeira da Silva

27 May 2018

Working with Michael is not only rewarding due to the outstanding results you will get with his pictures, but it is also an experience where you are led to think about yourself, explore your core values and how they should be reflected on your image. It was exceptional!

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Barbara Paynter

27 May 2018

Working with Michael was an excellent experience, even though I usually don't like being photographed. It was helpful to focus on my brand, not simply pose for a head shot. Time and money well-spent!

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Benjamin Haire

27 May 2018

Michael did a fantastic job of informing me of the parts of the process I needed to understand and his work using intuition and psychology to understand the image I want to present worked splendidly. I can only offer the highest recommendations for his studio. More...

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Traci Hissam

27 May 2018

Great energy. Mad skills. Creative zen. Michael was down-to-earth and professional. Having never done headshots before, I didn't know what to expect. I really had a great experience and was happy with the pictures. Thank you so much! More...

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Brenda Sepulveda

27 May 2018

Loved the experience. He knows how to bring out the best in you effortlessly! Looking forward my next photo session as I realize we are constantly changing.

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Lindsey W. Baker

27 May 2018

I stumbled into Michael's studio by way of my 6 year old son. His photo was to be displayed at our dentist's newly renovated office. First impression, this guy is a Pro. He was warmly professional, made us feel at ease, and impressed us with his skill in getting "The Shot". The whole experience was fun, efficient, and so impressionable that I came back for two more projects. Highly, highly recommend. More...

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Matt Baker

1 March 2018

Professional. Creative. Authentic. Highly recommend anyone in business to schedule a session.

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Yvonne Laitinen Vaattovaara

27 January 2018

Michael helps you dig deep to discover your true you. Also, if you've always thought you take a poor photo, Michael teaches you how to interact with the camera to capture an authentic image.

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Jennifer Greer

5 January 2018

Amazing - the experience was fun, and the final product was amazing!

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Lisa Keller

19 December 2017

Michael was great! It was an experience, not just sitting in front of the camera with a cheesy smile. Michael captured in my photo everything we talked about leading up to the photo. Awesome!

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Cynthia Lammert

23 November 2017

“A portrait does not merely record someone’s features. It says something about who he or she is, offering a vivid sense of a person’s presence.”

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Kellie Love Titus

10 November 2017

Admired his pieces for quite sometime. Being able to work with him exceeded my already high expectations. Would highly recommend.

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Danny Jacobs

9 November 2017

Michael has an amazingly warm and welcoming personality which sets the stage for great photography. He captures rare photos of significance and great impact.

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Anthony DiMarino

9 November 2017

I was so impressed with Michael's work. He was very easy to work with and welcoming. His expertise was focused and spot on. I have never had a headshot as good as this. Thanks Michael! More...

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RX Mentality

9 November 2017

We had headshots done with Michael for our coaching Staff at Crossfit Mentality. The final product really showcased our coaches personalities. It was exactly what we needed. We used them on our personal business cards, and on our lobby wall. We have continued to work together on new products and all of them have come out top of the line. More...

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Javen Detwiler

8 November 2017

I really liked his no forced smiles policy. Demonstrates a level of personal skill that many photographers lack.

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Jim Scaparotti

2 October 2017

My photo session with Michael was an amazing experience and I couldn't be happier with the results. He is the consummate professional and his process involves really getting to know his subject and what makes them tick (and in the process I learned a lot about myself!). I give Michael the highest recommendation possible... More...

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Nicole Peterson

27 September 2017

Typically, I hide from cameras. So when my new firm told me the next step was to get a new headshot, I was less than thrilled! However, from the first email communication I received from Michael I knew I was in the hands of someone truly passionate about their work. Not only am I delighted with how my photo results turned out, I am in awe on how a complete stranger was able to capture authentic feelings in still shots after a brief pre-shoot branding session. Far beyond anything I was expecting. The entire experience was exceptionally inspiring and I can't recommend Michael enough. More...

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Niko Frangos

14 September 2017

Mike is a true pro. Understands the business and the artistry of getting to a great end photo. Easy to work with. Highly recommend him.

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Paul Monahan

26 August 2017

So glad I reached out to Michael to help me create a head shot that was way more than just a photograph. I appreciated the method and the process which allowed us both to arrive at a clear plan for our session together. Michael is not just a great photographer, he is a thoughtful, intuitive pro who helps you to take the deep dive necessary to help you discover more about who you really are. And its the reason he produces such great images. Thanks for an incredible experience today Michael...and for a great head shot too! More...

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CoCo Azar Akouri

16 August 2017

I WOULD RECOMMEND MICHAEL TO ANYONE

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Marcella Musat

2 August 2017

I am so grateful for the experience I had at the studio today! Professional, Personable, Intuitive, Authentic... He was able to capture the professional image I want to convey to the public in a manner where I felt at complete ease! Micheal's expertise, patience and connection with me took the shallowness out of the process of having a portrait made and exposed the heart, passion and drive within. He knew better what I needed than I did! That is a true professional! Eternal Gratitude! - MM More...

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Janis Lenardic Thiedemann

28 June 2017

If you want an experience where you are actually heard, where the person behind the camera has the same goal as you (to bring out your authentic self and make you look fabulous), and where you get real professional service (hard to come by these days!), then I highly recommend Michael Cavotta. Not only was the end product fantastic, the entire experience exceeded my expectations. I can't say enough good things! More...

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Myah I.

12 June 2017

Always great experiences with Michael! Was able to capture a sleek and professional shot. Will continue to get refreshed images for myself and others as gifts.

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Ashley Kolcun

7 June 2017

From the moment I entered the studio the vibe, energy, and the feeling of being welcomed was huge. This was my first professional photo experience and I enjoyed every second of it. Absolutely motivational and encouraging. Today I experienced not only a photo session but I got introduced to my inner self. Anxiety level was at a high but when I walked out I felt highly calm and happy. Thank you Michael for your time and positive energy!! More...

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Eleanor W.

2 May 2017

I sent Michael this note after receiving the proofs from my headshot session with him. I will let the email speak for itself. Michael,There is little that isn't profound about working with you. But probably the most striking is your ability to make a posed, professionally-lit photograph -- something with the potential to be the apex of artifice -- something authentic and nearly organic (if not for the merciful retouching). I've been thinking about it since I left, and the closest I can come to what sets you apart, or at least what I know now that I didn't before, is that yours is a steadily-lead yet collaborative process that is not about constructing an image so much as it is about uncovering one. I drove home thinking about the remote tribes you hear about who decry the photograph as something that steals a piece of your soul. I walked into your studio a guarded ball of stress and exhaustion and left with a feeling of satisfaction and confidence I had forgotten existed. Far from stealing a piece of my soul, the process and your excellent final product uncovered a piece of myself that, as fits with our initial discussion, had been there all along. It neither added to nor subtracted from who I am; rather, it revealed and reframed the parts of myself that were already there: waiting, brought out in the best light to project my best self within the professional realm of my life. You have an uncanny intuition -- an ability to suss out what I was looking for from my scattershot description of my situation and vague allusions. Your guiding questions as we compared photographs on your massive screen (still cringing) cued me in that you had somehow locked into my need to project competency and professionalism precisely because I don't feel it. Perhaps that is the shadow to our strengths you spoke of; that lacking proper training and "cursed by competency" I am prone to feel fraudulent. But I look at that photograph and feel validated. I feel pride in what I have survived and achieved. I dreaded getting this headshot so very much because I was sure it would show through the negative aspects of who I am. Instead you uncovered what I am capable of, and reminded me that what that is is significant. It was a true pleasure working with you. I can't thank you enough for what you've given me. It is far more than just the photograph. Far more than just the depth and layers of the 1/100th of a second below. I am eternally grateful. More...

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Steven Richard Hill

27 April 2017

From the start of the session and throughout, Michael did a truly professional job with our photo shoot. His skill and expertise were unlike anything I've ever seen before. He takes the time to guide you through his thought process and why his work turns out so good. A wonderful experience! More...

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Jay Womack

1 April 2017

I had a great time working with Michael. I was curious about the process and went for it! I'm glad i did. Thanks Michael!

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Teila Lovell

14 February 2017

Michael is great to work with. He takes the time to draw you out of your shell and put the real you into the headshot. It's not just a photo, it's capturing your essence. A great experience!

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Jennifer H.

12 February 2017

Fantastic Experience!  Michael is professional, talented, and uniquely authentic!  The result was a specific headshot that really said what I wanted it to say!  You can not go wrong with Michael! More...

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Jessica Toth

28 November 2016

Couldn't have asked for better results, and the photo shoot was fun too. His attention to detail is astounding

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Jack Duffy

26 November 2016

Michael uniquely challenged me to think about the characteristics that I embody, and used the camera to help me capture them on film. I'm confident that the photos he took will assist me in future career endeavors. Beyond that, his work and support enabled me to find and embrace the personal and professional qualities that are the foundation for happiness and success. More...

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Robin Russell

14 November 2016

Can't say enough good things about Michael Cavotta and Headshots. From the moment we sat down together I could tell this was going to be more than a photo session. Michael is a talented photographer - no doubt about that - but he is also intuitive, interested, and committed to helping his clients dig deep into themselves to find those qualities that make them special. That "authenticity" is the basis for the finished headshot. I saw it in mine, and I've seen it in every picture he's shared. The whole experience (including YQ - ask him about it) was absolutely amazing! More...

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Lori Paximadis

25 October 2016

I am absolutely thrilled with the results of our session. The three words exercise and the time Michael took to get to know me before he even picked up the camera were the key to getting a great shot that truly reflects my personality. Michael taught me a few tricks about what to do when someone points a camera at me that will help me immensely going forward. If you're on the fence about the cost, it's *worth it* for Michael's knowledge and wizardry. I could not recommend him any more strongly. More...

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Andrea L. Soares

8 September 2016

Anyone who makes me look good is quite excellent in my opinion! My experience with Michael Cavotta Studios was fabulous! Michael was the consummate professional, He put me at ease immediately, explained exactly what I could expect, and did brilliant work! I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting a brilliant, winning headshot! More...

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Jordan Smith

8 September 2016

I would recommend Michael Cavotta Studios to anyone. He is not only able to create a fantastic photo, but he is truly gifted at being able to elicit one that represents your personality. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, in one shot, Michael Cavotta shows how that is a reality. More...

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Beth Kruse

6 September 2016

Not very comfortable in front of a camera, but it had to be done... Michael made the experience - dare I say, enjoyable! It is clear he is passionate about his work and wants a finished product that is not just acceptable, but is amazing. I am very pleased with the lack of time spent in front of the camera, his minor position changes that make a huge impact and the final product. I highly recommend Michael Cavotta Studios!! More...

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Tyler Abron

9 August 2016

Hands down best photographer in Cleveland!! Went to Michael for my Acting headshots and he really did a outstanding job. Michael has a gift for capturing emotions and really bringing life into his work!!! Also a great guy and pleasure shooting with if your even considering taking your brand, business , career, etc to the next level then highly recommend you contact and check out Michael Cavotta Studios!!! More...

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Natasha Zimmerman

5 August 2016

My experience with Michael went completely beyond the realm of a traditional photo shoot. He is engaging, real, and energetic both in front of and behind the camera. Michael has the unique capability to sift through preconceived notions, insecurities, and baggage we carry around to capture the true essence of a person, and it shines through in the resulting photos. It is always evident when you're working with someone who has discovered their genuine purpose in this world because the passion radiates in every moment, and that was the gift I received in working with Michael. Do yourself a favor and consider engaging in this experience; you will walk away with clarity, buoyance and a deeper sense of self. A deeply genuine and hearty THANK YOU, Michael! More...

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Jillian Anderson

2 August 2016

Michael does amazing work. He definitely captures who you are in your picture. As I start my new career in real estate, I know having the perfect headshot is the start of great success. Thank you so much!

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Wendy S Kunash

2 August 2016

I HIGHLY recommend everyone wanting a fresh look to take your time to Michael. He will respect it, value it, and he promises to deliver nothing short of perfection. You will leave him feeling like a brand "NEW YOU". Show off your new brand, it was there all along he just dug to pull it out for the world to see. #greatness. I will send EVERYONE his way :) More...

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Allison Cramer Harris

1 August 2016

It was magnetic! As soon as I saw Michael Cavotta 's work, I knew he was the one. This experience was not just a headshot. He takes it to the next level, photo branding. Amazing. More...

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Maggine Fuentes

1 August 2016

You are not getting your picture taken by Michael, you are having a zealous discussion to find the true you in the form of a fabulous headshot. You feel right at home in the studio and the camera is secondary to the experience that you have. Thank you! TRUTH, RESPECT, SIMPLICITY More...

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Sheri Smith Rupsic

28 May 2016

Amazing experience! ! Michael is the best. He made me feel relaxed but best of all he made me have a great time. I love my pictures!!

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Lori Skees Rupert

13 May 2016

Such a fun experience. I highly recommend Michael. Super easy to work with. Super fast. Amazing talent.

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Abdullah Hammad

22 October 2015

I am not talking about a great photographer which he already is, this man made me open up and talk for straight 2 hours which I never did in my life and it affected the shooting of course.. Amazing super powers my friend you have taken it to the next level. #Recommended More...

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Victoria Thornton-Filkins

5 September 2015

Loved every minute of my experience with Michael and his studio! Made me feel comfortable while capturing beautiful pictures. Highly recommend!!

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Heather Longar Moran

7 July 2015

This is was an amazing experience! It took head shots to a completely new level! Thank you Michael!!

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Cathy J Garlitz

23 March 2015

If you want a true branded head shot, don't walk, RUN, to make an appointment with Michael. You won't be disappointed.

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Nazmul Islam Sujan

1 March 2015

Michael Cabotta, really a trust worthy name of taking head shot.

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Jenny Kelley

28 August 2014

Uncovering my 3 Words with Michael during the Inside Out process was an exercise in self awareness, a true personal brand experience - the awesome headshot was really just a bonus!

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Kelsey Bowens

27 August 2014

Michael uses a friendly discourse to help the client (YOU) understand and feel confident about who they REALLY are! Not only does he have a keen eye behind the lens, but he perfects your branding strategy with you--a key component of boosting your career, no matter what field you are in. Check him out before you spend thousands elsewhere! Thank you, Michael! More...

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Kara Oldford

1 August 2014

What a wonderful experience! Not only did I get a great photo I am proud to share with the world, but Michael made the entire process easy and fun! I feel every young professional should make the investment. More...

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Marilyn Rose

14 July 2014

Michael went way above and beyond my expectations for a headshot photographer. I knew he took excellent photographs, but was not expecting such a personalized experience. Michael took his time to get to know me, taught me about what a good headshot should accomplish, and together we chose photos that really reflected my personality and my unique personal brand. I couldn't be happier with the final product and am so thrilled to use to take the next big steps in my career. I highly recommend Michael to anyone looking for a professional headshot. More...

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Kim Laurie

20 June 2014

Love working with Michael! Truly an intuitive, creative mind. :)

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Arthur Chu

10 June 2014

Smart, insightful, keeps communication open the whole time. A great pleasure to work with and a final product I'm very proud of.

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'Todd Crockett

21 May 2014

Cavotta just sees things in different light! Photographers may have similar tools, but Cavotta has mastered the technique to differentiate his clientele. Cavotta has opened a lot of doors for agents on The Crockett Team. You may not have photographic memory, but you can have a memorable photograph. Thank You Michael! More...

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Tony Frank

21 May 2014

My experience with Michael was positively way beyond what I had expected! Not only did I end up with a great set of color and black & white prints for both web use and print ready digital head shots, I was educated!!! Michael's pre-reading assignment was incredibly useful to preparing me for the journey he led me through in our time together. I appreciate that he tailored the pre-shoot discussion to what would be most useful to getting a great result for me. Understanding how that result would come about, was what I needed to work with him effectively to ensuring the outstanding results I received. Thank you Michael...my experience was a life lesson bundle, and I certainly didn't expect that! More...

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Judie Crockett

21 April 2014

Michael did all Our Pictures of The Crockett Team, we love them. It has helped us reach a new level in our business!

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Deidra Vanas Minerd

31 January 2014

What a great experience! It's a given that you will leave the studio with a fantastic headshot - he is a talented photographer with ways to make you look your very best in a photo. But the best part is that you'll come away with so much more - including a clearer vision of the brand you want the world to see. More...

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Alex Cooke

18 December 2013

Michael simply brings out the best in you, both physically and mentally. No matter what look you're going for, he'll guide you to finding it and make the entire experience tremendously eye-opening and enjoyable. Back it up with his technical mastery and you will be thrilled with the results. More...

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Paul Richlovsky

11 December 2013

Michael helped produce a headshot that I didn't think I had in me. I have gotten tons of positive reaction to it, and it's a gift that keeps on giving. Aside from the great photo, going through a session with Michael was a revelation in itself. I am extremely grateful for what he was able to do for me. I challenge any photographer to produce better results, period. More...

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Gene Karlen

21 November 2013

Michael's approach to creating a headshot was unique and exciting. I wanted to work with him to capture a new headshot for business and stage and launched into a compete personal brand development, with Mike's superb guidance. On this journey I was able to receive 360 degree feedback. Then I proceeded to receiving testimonials from colleagues on what they felt was "me at my best". With this combined feedback, my personal brand become evident and was used to direct my focus at the photo shoot. My self awareness of personal brand and Michael's superior photography skills proved to be a winning combination for capturing my true self in the headshot. I highly recommend his approach. You won't be disappointed. More...

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Kurt Yue

20 November 2013

Michael's expertise as a headshot photographer goes beyond his proficiency with a camera. A headshot session with him is a collaborative process that begins with self examination and ends with the two of you working together to produce amazing photos that capture the real you; not what you look like, but who you are. More...

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Jennifer Margolis

18 November 2013

Going to get a headshot taken, I hope for a photograph that makes me look good; a good picture in a good light. What makes a headshot experience with Michael so incredible is that he takes a photograph that communicates your own authenticity. Taking time to explore what I really wanted my image to communicate and the time Michael takes to understand what I'm really all about as a person, means that I now have an image of me being fully present in my best self. When I look at that image I see who I am and what I want to become all in one shot, and its powerful. That image makes me believe in myself and fuels my confidence to go out and make it all happen. More...

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Miriam Salpeter

18 November 2013

I love my head shot, and appreciated Michael's professionalism and extreme attention to every detail that resulted in a beautiful photo! I especially appreciated his attentive follow-up to my inquiries after he delivered the final product - in record time! I highly recommend working with Michael; he's a true pro. More...

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Kathy Raybuck Tunquist

18 November 2013

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Kristen Turoczy West

17 November 2013

I had a great experience with Michael Cavotta Photography. He was patient and kind. He took a lot of time to help me feel comfortable getting a head shot, as I generally don't like having my picture taken. He did an outstanding and professional job! More...

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Brenda Bernstein

17 November 2013

Reactions I got to my old head shot: Your glasses make your face look pinched. You look personable but you're too far away. How can you give advice to people to get great head shots when you really need a new one yourself? More...

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Melissa Paradise

17 November 2013

Michael is truly skilled in bringing the essence unique to a person to life in his work. Not only was I extremely happy with the photos he shot for me, I've received great reviews on them from multiple industry professionals. I HIGHLY recommend him :)

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Steve Hamm

16 November 2013

Had a great session. Michael really knows how to make someone feel comfortable. He takes amazing photos. Look forward to working him in the future.

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Rick Leach Jr

15 November 2013

When I went to do a shoot with Michael it was one of my first ones. He made it comfortable and easy to do. He is literally the best at what he does and makes it a lot of fun. Do a shoot with Michael and you will be back, that is a promise. More...

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Cassie Fitzgerald

15 November 2013

What an experience! I was going to get a good professional "head shot". Not only did he exceed my expectations there, I also left knowing ME more than I ever have. Michael was able to help me find my personal brand and bring it out in my photos. I'm telling everyone to get this experience! Kudos Michael! More...

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Adam Slivka

15 November 2013

Couldn't be happier with the results!

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Nicole McCracken

15 November 2013

Michael did a fabulous job capturing our entire team. He is totally unique and we couldn't be happier with the results! We have gotten so many compliments about our head shots. Thank you so much!!

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Matt O'Shea

15 November 2013

Working with Michael is a powerful experience. You will leave his studio invigorated to move your career forward, and thanks to his artistry you will have a headshot that will assist you in that process!

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Jennifer Crockett Selan

15 November 2013

I can't say enough about Michael! His approach made me feel very comfortable in front of the camera when I normally don't like to have my picture taken. Everyone always comments on how much they love my pictures and I have to say - I agree. Thanks! More...

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Susan M. Colla Morgione

14 November 2013

Love Michael !!!! He has a new fresh approach on Photography!

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Karen Neapolitan

3 November 2013

Michael is a premier photographer to say the least! You will not walk out of his studio with a bad shot -it's impossible. Thank you for the great experience and the first photo of myself that I've liked in a long time!

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Melissa Crockett Willis

30 October 2013

Michael does a great job! Very creative and intuitive!

Q&A

Most people can’t see the truth of their own exceptionalism—especially in pictures; I believe I was put on this earth to show it to them.

Once upon a time, I was a successful creative strategist with a boutique venture consulting company. I woke up one day and saw I was becoming more like my VC partners than my creative self. Then and there, I decided to get out of the mercenary work of branding opportunity and get into the missionary work of branding people—doing my part to bring them face-to-face with their best selves.

MISSION. Most people can’t see the truth of their own exceptionalism; I believe I was put on this earth to show it to them. My interest is transformational, not transactional.

EXPERIENCE. I’ve spent most of the past 15 years behind the camera and inside people’s brands, so it’s safe to say I've learned a thing or two about lights, cameras, and authenticity.

DIRECTION. 1500+ sessions into my career, I have a track record for capturing people at their best—not just actors and models, but real people who don’t necessarily do their best work in front of a camera. Relax. I’ll show you what to do every step of the way.

STUDIO. Headspace was designed with headshots in mind. Spacious, yet warm with a retro-Zen vibe, it’s all about photobranding—the art and science of capturing the authentic you.

TOOLS. I use a 50 megapixel Canon 5DS for eye-popping detail, KinoFlos for face-flattering lighting, and a 75" Sony 4K to show off the results.

INSIGHT. Choosing the right image can be tricky, so it helps to have a personal branding pro on your team. Beyond having a technical eye, I also have an intuitive sense of what a headshot says about a person.

QUALITY. My commitment to delivering cover-quality images is absolute. Some photographers sub-out their retouching, but I find working directly with clients end-to-end is the best way to exceed their expectations. I’m proud of my 100+ ★★★★★ reviews. Check them out on Facebook and Google.

FOCUS. When you're in Headspace, you’re the most important person in the room. Studio photographers can be prima donnas. Not me. I reply to my own email. I schedule my own appointments. I answer my own phone. 440-490-1544. Go ahead—try me :-)

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