"Photography is a way for me to find myself, one image at a time." - Michael Stagg

Hey there! My name is Michael Stagg but feel free to call me MJ! I'm your friendly neighborhood beauty, portrait and professional headshot photographer! I've been shooting for about seven years; semi-professionally for about half that time. My job is to assist you with your visual branding - or just help you look your best across all your social profiles!

Whether you're a model looking to create or update your portfolio, a small business owner seeking creative headshots for marketing materials or someone that needs consistent social media imagery, rest assured the essence of you will shine though!


I'm based just outside of Chicago but I'm available to travel across the country. Fun facts about me include I'm an anime fan, enjoy a good cup of Chai tea and my friends call me "the light scribe" because I write with light! :)


Testimonials from Clients and Peers

"Michael is someone who has taken a natural inquisitiveness and sense of creativity and galvanized it into his personal pursuit of photographic excellence.
His ability to make the "human" connection is evident in his work"
- Lawrence B., MBA Owner, Lawrence Oliver Brown Photography

"...Ever since the initial phone conversation shared between myself and Michael, I felt an instant comfort level I haven't experienced with anyone else within the industry. I still have YET to feel that same comfort elsewhere." Katie E., Field Sales Manager at Harman-JBL

“Michael has great energy on shoots and makes the shoots fun… [He] played a very important role in my career in the beginning… He is willing to help others and that goes a long way in this industry.” – Kelli M., Kelli Kolors