How long have you been a
Since last year, 2011.
I joined the Chamber because...
I wanted to become more
involved in the community in Lincoln and meet new people here. I've participated
on the Chamber Membership Committee to do just that.
Why did you decide to invest in
My family and I have made
Lincoln our home since 1996 and we want to see our friends and neighbors thrive
in their work and their businesses. When Logan County's businesses do well,
What products and services do
you offer to Logan County?
Choosing the right photographer
involves more than simply finding someone with a camera. You may be entrusting
that person with the responsibility of creating images at a once-in-a-lifetime
event like a wedding or a milestone occasion like high school senior portraits.
You may be looking for distinctive images that will showcase your business, and
good photography can help businesses sell more.
In each of these cases, you
want a professional who is both experienced and technically skilled. You can't
redo your wedding, for example, if your photographer does a bad job. Just as
important, however, is the photographer's style and vision. After achieving a
certain level of technical proficiency, it's really style and vision—the
qualities that create a certain "look" to a body of work—that set photographers
My clients have been drawn to
my work for its distinctive style and the recommendations they've received from
past clients. I love to use light in both flattering and dynamic ways, and some
have described my style as "magazine-y." One high school senior came to me this
fall because she said she didn't want her portraits to look like everyone
else's. We worked hard to make photographs that she loved.
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My portrait style is characterized by two approaches: shooting
outdoors at dusk and shooting on white backgrounds in the studio.
For outdoor portraits in the evening, I don't use natural light. In
fact, it's often too dark to photograph without adding light.
Instead, I use studio lighting techniques on location and this gives
my images a distinctive look—high school seniors love this style. I
also love the look of images photographed on white backgrounds.
Images on white can be simple or dramatic, and the viewer's
attention goes straight to the subject.
I specialize in
weddings, senior portraits, and business headshots. I've also done
commercial work. My style is a bit different and I'm not the right
choice for everyone, but for those who are a good fit, I strive to
do extraordinary work. You can see more of my work on my web site at
You can also find me on Facebook—just look for Michael Gowin
What does the
future of your business look like?
As long as Logan
County residents want a photographer with my vision and approach, I
want to create images for them.
Michael Gowin, phone 217-737-7908 or
[Text copied from file received from
the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce]