Hello! My name is Michael Courier and I’m a photographer in Chicago.
Photography has been my passion since I was young. In college, I earned a degree in Multimedia and started my career as a designer in Chicago. After a few years, I realized my life would feel more meaningful if I were crafting photographs rather than websites.
About Michael Courier Photography
Many of my clients are local artists, nonprofits, and small businesses. I believe in creating photographs that help make the world a more positive, inspiring, and inclusive place. When I work with larger companies, I try to work on projects that pursue those same goals.
When I worked with Google, it was to help with their Supplier Diversity Program; with the U.S. Department of Labor, it was to help with their student-led anti-violence initiative during their Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
I’m passionate about the performing arts. I’ve worked with theaters like Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Black Ensemble Theater, Northlight Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater to photograph their rehearsals, performances, fundraising galas, and to create images for their marketing material.
I’ve worked with nonprofits like the Chicago Architecture Center and First Book to help capture their events, and I’ve created interior photographs and portraiture for small businesses around the city.
If any of this resonates with you, and you or your organization needs photography help, I’d love to have a conversation—I look forward to hearing from you.
About Michael Courier
I’m originally from a small farm in Central Illinois. Growing up in nature instilled a deep appreciation for the natural world. When it was time for college, I went to Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where I earned my degree in Multimedia (studying web design, graphic design, web development, photography, video and audio editing, and a little animation).
Upon graduation, I moved to Chicago and began my career as a designer, working for small marketing agencies around the city. During that time, I continually practiced and pursued photography as I documented my new surroundings.
In May of 2013, I left the web design world to explore self-employment and a career as a photographer. It hasn’t been the easiest choice I’ve ever made, but it’s definitely been the most interesting. I still make time to get out and photograph my city and surroundings between client projects. My current project is the documentation of Great Lakes plastic pollution and it is a continually evolving project.
When I’m not working, there’s a high likelihood I’m on a walk, watching soccer, or hanging out with my partner and our cat. I’m a big sci-fi nerd—though I’ve been watching more sci-fi lately, rather than reading. I love movies and documentaries, and I really enjoy the mini-doc’s on Vimeo.
There’s plenty more to say, but that’s the general gist of who I am. If you have any questions, or want to know who my favorite Doctor is, just ask!
Feel free to contact me and say hello!