Summary of Qualifications

Reliable and experienced visual communicator, with a background in marketing and small-business management. Comfortable working independently or being a collaborative member of the team. Seasoned telecommuting professional who is available for contract, part-time, or full-time positions.

Portfolio Overview

Photography Production

With a style that is a mix of marketing and documentary photography, I capture authentic environmental portraits and detailed imagery that showcases finished products and completed actions.

Environmental Stewardship Photography Nonprofit Event Photography Portrait and Headshot Photography Event Photography Details

Content Marketing

Writing about my photography, and the organizations that hire me, I can contextualize my work — allowing my website to rank for key industry terms, increasing opportunities for my business.

Cleaning Up the Chicago River Osterman Beach Stewardship Days Walk for Kidneys 2019 Exploring Labagh Woods

Mixed-Media Production

With my background in graphic design, web development, and mixed-media production, I use my skills and experiences to complete a wide range of projects.

Conference Overview Video Environmental Awareness Video Design Examples Social Media Example #1

Work History

Michael Courier Photography — Owner & Photographer Chicago, Illinois (5/18/13 - Current)
Creative responsibilities include photography, image editing, content marketing and development, social media updating, web design and development, website optimization, SEO optimization, and data archival.
Business responsibilities include basic accounting, budgeting, planning, scheduling and logistics, project management, customer service, contracting, invoicing, and copyright permissions.
Partial list of clients: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Architecture Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club Illinois, The Aspen Institute, National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, The Renaissance Society, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Google, LinkedIn, and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Volunteer experience with: Friends of the Chicago River, Sierra Club Illinois, Peterson Garden Project, and the Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project.
Blue Cross Blue Shield — Designer & Front-End Web Developer Chicago, Illinois (02/13/12 - 05/17/13)
Designed landing pages, microsites, mobile websites, and internal applications; collaborated with multiple departments on each project.
Openmotive — Designer & Front-End Web Developer Chicago, Illinois (12/28/10 - 12/31/11)
Designed and developed templates; integrated templates into the CMS. Learned introductory skills in copywriting and social media marketing.
Freelance — Designer, Photographer, and Copyright Researcher Chicago, Illinois (11/21/09 - 12/27/10)
Worked with a variety of small businesses and large organizations to hone my skills as a designer, photographer, and copyright researcher.
Clients included: Boston University, The Chicago Children's Theatre.
Closerlook — Web and Graphic Designer & Animator Chicago, Illinois (06/04/07 - 11/20/09)
Designed websites, print pieces, and informational animations. Photographed behind-the-scenes moments during video productions.

Skills

Advanced Skills

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Photography Production
    • Events and Workshops
    • Performing Arts
    • Environmental Portraits
    • Corporate Headshots
  • Photography Editing
  • Design for Print and Digital
    • Ads, Posters, and Postcards
    • Books and Brochures
    • Website Interfaces
    • Social Media Graphics
  • HTML and CSS Production

Intermediate Skills

  • Content Marketing
  • Content Planning
  • Social Media Strategy
  • SEO Best Practices
  • Email Marketing
  • Copywriting
  • WordPress Development
  • Website Optimization
  • Video Editing and Production
  • Audio Editing and Production
  • Microsoft Office
  • Google Suite
  • Google Ads
  • Google Analytics and Search Console
  • Basecamp, Slack, and Trello

Education

Bradley University
B.S. in Multimedia,
Minor in Studio Art