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.
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.
Photo by Anjali Pinto
INVEST IN YOUR PRACTICE
I offer customized packages for solo practitioners and group practices of all sizes. Click here to view an example of a group practice package.
All packages include:
In-session support and image consultation
Proofs album delivered within 3-5 business days
High-resolution digital files of your choice
Typical turnaround time of 5-7 business days total
All headshot packages are available for solo practitioners as well as group practices of all sizes. For group practices interested in establishing a longer-term working relationship, check out my partnership package!
JUST THE BASICS
$150 per person
This express package helps you get a headshot if your practice website needs a jumpstart or facelift! Quick and easy, this is a great place to start.
This package includes:
A LITTLE EXTRA
$300 per person
This mid-range package is designed for practitioners and practices who want to have more variety of options for their headshots with clothing, backdrop, and poses.
This package includes:
$1000 per person
This deluxe package was created to honor therapists as multi-faceted individuals. For those who wish to bring more of their full selves into their work, this is for you!
Due to the unique nature of this package, consultation and concept development are needed prior to booking.
This package includes:
Two locations of your choice
Unlimited outfits / looks
Practice packages provide additional imagery for both solo practitioners and groups. Please schedule a consultation call with me to discuss details and receive quotes tailored to your needs!
How do I book a session with you?SOLO PRACTITIONERS Book your Just the Basics or A Little Extra headshot session through Calendly, which also includes an integrated payment platform, so on the day of your session, all you have to do is show up! CELEBRATING YOU PACKAGE, GROUP PRACTICE HEADSHOTS, & PRACTICE PACKAGES For all other packages, please schedule a 15-20 minute consultation call through Calendly. For solo practitioners interested in the Celebrating You package, our meeting will be focused on getting to know you and discussing ideas together. After we decide on the date, time, and location of your first headshot session, you will receive a personalized Calendly link to finalize the booking. For group practices scheduling headshot sessions or interested in the partnership package, we will go over details of date, time, and location. Once we agree on a session time and date, I follow up with a personalized Calendly link for individuals within your practice to sign up for time slots. The invoice will be sent separately to a designated practice representative. For all practice packages, our call will be focused on getting details of the scope of the project, such as how large your office space is or what kinds of web imagery you're looking for. I will provide a quote based on your individual needs. 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 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.
What are the location options for headshots?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. For group practices, consider a location where the conditions remain somewhat consistent to provide a cohesive look amongst your team's headshots. OUTDOOR SESSIONS Outdoor headshot sessions are scheduled at Garfield Park Conservatory or Chicago Botanic Garden. 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 your final invoice. INDOOR SESSIONS Option 1: Your space — I am available to come to your home or office space for your headshot session with lighting equipment. Option 2: My space — My studio in Skokie features natural lighting, multiple color backdrops, and lots of plants! Option 3: Rented space — Peerspace offers studio rentals throughout the city at affordable hourly rates. Choose a studio space you'd like and include the link in my booking form. I will complete the Peerspace rental and add the 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.)
What should I wear for my headshots? What else should I do to prepare?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! Try on the outfit at home and spend a bit of time in it if it's something new to see how you feel. 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. The night before your session, try your best to get some rest. On the day of the session, budget your time to account for unexpected factors such as traffic, so that you aren't feeling worried about being late or rushing to the location of the session. Just like any other potentially anxiety-provoking events, such as giving a presentation or performing, taking steps to feel prepared helps you arrive at your session in a more relaxed and open state of mind.
Should I book 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 that their availability would match up with the day of your headshot session.
What can I expect during my headshot session with you?Most people feel anxious and vulnerable about being in front of the camera. My goal is to create a safe space for you to feel more comfortable, and hopefully even have a little fun! 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 at ease, 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 both sitting and standing poses, so that you'll 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 does the Celebrating You package involve?Our lives outside of our work inform, impact, and deepen our work. I created the Celebrating You package to honor the fullness of our authentic selves beyond our identities as therapists. This package is designed to provide one set of standard professional headshots, and another set of photos to highlight for an aspect of your personal self beyond your identity as a therapist that you wish to share and celebrate. Examples of what the second session might involve could be: at home with you and your family, outdoors enjoying nature, engaging in a passion of yours such as art or cooking. Prior to booking this package, I schedule a call to get to know you and brainstorm ideas together. The first standard headshot session also provides additional time to get comfortable with one another, continue to collaborate, and co-create an experience in which you feel celebrated and seen for who you are.
What are next steps after our headshot session is done?For Just the Basics and A Little Extra packages, I will send you an album of your photo proofs within 5 business days after your session. 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. For group practices, each individual is able to choose their own photo, and practice owners have the option of sharing the high-resolution files with their team. For Celebrating You and practice packages, proofs are not provided unless requested. Depending on the scope of the project, I typically provide a minimum of 20-30 high-resolution edited files per session within 7 business days.
What are proofs? Why can't I keep all the photos from our session?Most people's experiences with professional photography are at weddings or portrait sessions where you typically receive a big batch of photos for a single price, so I understand that paying $25 for each photo might feel like a lot! Unlike wedding, portrait, and lifestyle photographers, headshot photographers like me individually retouch every single photo. The retouching process 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. This is not an automated process, 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. Proofs are unedited, watermarked photos from which you will choose the photo(s) that you wish for me to retouch. Giving folks the opportunity to choose the individual photos they want allows me the ability to provide detailed, personalized, and customized retouching and focus on quality over quantity. When your headshot portrays a genuine, authentic, polished, and confident reflection of you, you won't need all those extra files sitting on your computer taking up space—you'll just need the one!
How do I prepare my office for photos?Photos of your office are not only a way to showcase your decor and style, they can also be a way to help new clients orient to your physical space and know what to expect when they come in for an in-person visit. The package includes wide angle shots of the entire room; detail shots of books other office items; and photos of the waiting room, hallway, and building (if allowed). During our consultation call, I will provide a price quote as well as a time estimate for the 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). If there are specific photos that you are looking to capture or specific dimensions, such as for a banner on your website, let me know and we can work together to make it happen! While there may not be much for you to actively do while I create your office photos, it is helpful for you or someone on your team to be there for the entire duration of the session to provide guidance if needed.
What kind of web imagery do you provide?Most clients start their search for a therapist online. Your website and online accounts are the first impression that prospective clients and referral sources get about you and your practice. Whether or not you've worked with a professional to creating specific branding, my web imagery package is designed to create custom photos tailored to your style and aesthetic. My goal is to provide personalized photos that visually communicate your mission, vision, and values to your site visitors. The consultation includes getting to know the core values of your practice, assessing alignment of your current design with those values, and creating goals together. The photos I provide could be of items or scenery, or of people in settings such as candid shots of your team during a meeting or event. Your goals could be as specific as "I want a photo of the skyline of Chicago instead of using a generic stock photo" or as broad as "I want photos that convey warmth and comfort." Together, we will identify how to create imagery that communicates the most important parts of who you are as a practice.
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