Hello there and welcome!
My name is Amy Wu (she/her/hers), and thank you for visiting Clinical Impressions! I am a marriage and family therapist based in the Chicago area, and I created Clinical Impressions to provide high-quality headshots to mental health professionals.


Amy has been a close colleague of mine for the past decade, and I have used Clinical Impressions for photos and videos in both my corporate job and private practice. Amy artfully integrates therapy and photography in her work. Every time I work with Amy, I feel completely seen. She makes every effort to capture who I am as a clinician and person. Her warm, compassionate demeanor always makes me feel at complete ease. And her direction and photography expertise make me feel confident and poised. She clearly cares about her work, and it shines through even from behind the lens. If you want a photography experience focused on what makes you uniquely you, I couldn't recommend Amy more.



Beth Chung, LMFT

It is more important to click with people
than to click the shutter.
Alfred Eisenstaedt


Photo by Anjali Pinto

As therapists, we have been taught that the most important part of our work occurs in the room with our clients, away from the public eye. However, in our digital world, our headshots are the first forms of connection that we build with our current and prospective clients, other mental health professionals, and referral partners.

I created Clinical Impressions to bring my experience as a practicing therapist to the photographs that I make of other therapists. As a therapist myself, I understand the importance of having a headshot that conveys warmth, empathy, and authenticity.

My approach as a photographer is parallel to my approach as a therapist. To me, it's not just about the end result of the photo; it's also about the experience of being photographed. I aim to create time and space to connect with the people I photograph, helping them feel more comfortable in front of the camera. Instead of choosing people's photos for them, I empower people to be actively involved in creating their own headshots. With affordable packages and high-quality images, I hope to help therapists increase accessibility to their desired client populations. 

I have been both a film and digital photographer for almost 20 years, and when I'm not meeting with my clients, I love to go on photo adventures, collect film cameras, and make prints in the darkroom. My photographic style is natural, bright, and warm, and my goal in my portrait work is to help each of my subjects feel and look like the most authentic versions of whoever they are choosing to embody in that moment.



I offer customized packages for solo practitioners and group practices. Click here to view an example of a group practice package.


All packages include:


  • Pre-session coaching

  • In-session support and image consultation

  • Post-session advising and recommendations

  • High-resolution digital files of your choice; additional files priced at $25 each

  • Typical turnaround time of 5-7 business days total





               45-minute session

               Location of your choice

               Unlimited outfit changes

               2 edited photos




               15-minute session

               Indoor studio session in Skokie

               One outfit

               1 edited photo



for two or more clinicians in the same practice

All group practitioner packages include complimentary team photos. For group practices interested in establishing a longer-term working relationship, check out my partnership package!



               Approx. 15-minute session

               Location of your choice

               One outfit

               1 edited photo




               Approx. 20-25 minute session

               Location of your choice

               Two outfit changes

               2 edited photos



Book office photos with your headshots and receive 10% off the office package!




               30 minutes

               Minimum of 10-15 edited photos




               45 minutes

               Minimum of 20-25 edited photos



Where do headshot sessions take place?

When considering the setting for your headshot session, keep in mind that how you're feeling is actually much more important than the background of your photo. If you're hoping to feature the Chicago skyline in your headshot but it's cold and windy outside, we won't be able to create photos that you'll feel great about no matter how hard we try! We can work together to find a setting with conditions that help you feel the most comfortably you. After all, you are the main focus of the photo, not whatever is around you. OUTDOOR SESSIONS I offer outdoor headshot sessions at Lincoln Park Conservatory, Garfield Park Conservatory, or Chicago Botanic Gardens. These locations offer beautiful outdoor gardens while also providing indoor covered spaces. Outdoor sessions are subject to change with the weather. Unpredictable weather conditions such as rain, wind, and humidity may impact your hair, makeup, clothing, and overall level of comfort. Please note that any additional parking fees, tolls, or travel costs will be added to the final invoice. INDOOR SESSIONS Option 1: Your space

I have studio lights and am available to come to your space for your headshot session. If you have your own office, this could be a good option for our headshot session. Option 2: Rented studio

Another option is renting a studio through Peerspace. Choose a studio space you'd like, verify the availability for the time and date, and include the link in my booking form. I will complete the booking and add the rental cost to your invoice. (Take note of any hourly minimums; I do not extend headshot session times, but you can use the studio for the entire duration of the rental.) Option 3: My Skokie studio (for individual practitioner packages only) I have converted part of my private practice office into a photo studio space that features natural lighting and lots of plants. Since I share my office with another therapist and have less flexibility with scheduling, I am currently only offering my own studio for individual practitioner sessions.

What should I wear for my headshots?

The most important consideration is for you to feel comfortable and relaxed—what helps you feel most "you"! For packages including outfit changes, bringing a blazer, cardigan, scarf, or other accessories can be a quick and easy way to switch up your look. Your headshots can be a way to represent important parts of your identity that you wish you convey to clients and colleagues. Examples include patterns, colors, jewelry, or fabric that have personal and cultural significance, clothing that shows off body art or piercings; or different hairstyles and makeup.​ Most importantly, find something that you feel good in! Don't wear something new that you haven't worn before. Clothing that requires a lot of adjusting will make you feel self-conscious, and that will likely reflect in your facial expressions and body postures.

Do I need a makeup artist or a hair stylist?

This is entirely up to you! Some folks like being in charge of their own look; for others, it can help ease their nerves to have professionals take care of them. If you'd like referrals, let me know and I'm happy to send you suggestions for hair and makeup artists that I know and trust, though I cannot guarantee their availability.

What can I expect during the headshot session?

After introductions, I will direct you to appropriate locations to begin the session. I often chat with my clients throughout our time together to help them feel comfortable, adjust hair and clothing as necessary, and direct body postures and facial expressions. I typically do a variety of close-up and farther shots with different angles and poses so that you have plenty options to choose from. Throughout the session, I also check in with you on the photos we've taken to ensure satisfaction. I believe collaboration and feedback to be important parts of our headshot session, just as it is in therapy!

What are next steps after the session is done?

After our time together, I will send you a link to an album of your photo proofs within 5 business days. Proofs are unedited, watermarked files from which you will choose the photo(s) you wish for me to edit and retouch. I make recommendations for photos based on my experience, but of course the final decision is up to you! After you make your selections, I will send you the high-resolution edited files via Dropbox within another 5 business days. Clinicians in group practices will also receive their files to keep for their own use.

What is your booking process?

I manage all booking requests for individual practitioners through Calendly. The booking form includes a $100 deposit that is applicable toward the final bill. For group practices, including those who are interested in office photos and/or the partnership package, I request a 15-20 minute Zoom call, as details of time, date, and location are often more complicated when juggling multiple schedules. This call can be booked through Calendly as well. A note on COVID-19: I have received all recommended vaccine doses, and during both indoor and outdoor headshot sessions, I wear medical-grade masks for the entire duration of the session regardless of the other person's vaccination status. I accept any last-minute cancellations related to COVID-19 symptoms. My priority during this time is your comfort and safety; if you're feeling worried about the risks associated with an in-person meeting, I would recommend postponing your session.

Why can't I keep all the photos from our session?

I individually retouch every single photo that I send to the folks I work with. This includes but is not limited to: adjusting lighting, contrast, color, and tone; removing skin blemishes, stray hairs, dust or stains on clothing; smoothing skin surface and texture; and brightening teeth and dark undereye areas. Unfortunately, this process is not automated, and my prices are reflective of the amount of time and care that I put into every headshot I co-create with the therapists I meet. My goal is for you to feel that your headshot portrays a genuine, authentic, polished, and confident reflection of you!

What's your process for office photos?

I require a designated person in your practice to be available for the duration of the office photo session. Prior to our scheduled session, I recommend cleaning and tidying up your space. Dust does show up in photos, so give all surfaces a wipe. Tuck away any cords or wires that are clearly visible, and empty out your trash cans. But if you miss anything, don't worry! During my office sessions, I move around items and furniture to help your office look its best and most inviting (but I always make sure to return everything back to its original place). I do not provide proofs of office photos unless requested, and because these photos do not require the same level of detailed retouching, I provide more edited files in my office packages. If there are specific photos that you are looking to capture, such as for a banner on your website, let me know and we can work together to make it happen!