About Scott Housley

It all started when I bought my first SLR camera around 1997 to take photos of the students I was teaching at the time. I also took some action photos at a youth softball game for a friend. The parents of the students and softball players all loved my photos and wanted more. The problem was that I had no idea what I was doing. Shutter speed? Aperture? ISO?

It all started when I bought my first SLR camera around 1997 to take photos of the students I was teaching at the time. I also took some action photos at a youth softball game for a friend. The parents of the students and softball players all loved my photos and wanted more. The problem was that I had no idea what I was doing. Shutter speed? Aperture? ISO?

So I took a free camera class one Saturday afternoon taught by Craig Collins at The Showcase School in Atlanta. After that 4-hour class I was hooked. Over the next year or two, I signed up for every class The Showcase School offered. I learned to shoot on slide film. I learned how to develop and print in the darkroom. I learned studio lighting. I was having a blast.

While I was still teaching full time, I had even started a side business taking action photos of all the softball teams at that same softball park I mentioned earlier. Softball teams led to swim teams, baseball teams, soccer teams, etc. One parent needed headshots of her and her real estate team. Sure, why not? Then it was a Girl Scouts Father/Daughter dance. My mom worked at ING and got me a job shooting the CEO’s retirement party, and many, many other jobs after that. When people left ING for other companies they would use me at their new job.

Now that I had a (small) client list and (a few) sports jobs, I did what any other logical person with a Master’s Degree in Education and six years of teaching experience would do. I quit my job. This was June of 2002. I decided to take any type of job that would come my way other than weddings. I refused to do weddings. After those five years were up, I would choose the type of photography I liked the most and make that my specialty. Then came the Recession in 2008. Nobody would even look at the action photos anymore because they knew they would want them but couldn’t afford them. All my corporate clients stopped calling because photography is not a priority when things are going badly. I wasn’t too worried about finances because my fallback was all the equity I had in the two homes that I owned. Or not.

So, I started doing weddings. I went to New York to learn from Doug Gordon. A year later I was shooting weddings in New York for Doug. This lasted for a few years. I learned a lot. I stayed (somewhat) afloat, financially. But the main thing I learned was that weddings weren’t for me. So I tried High School Senior Photos. Not my thing. Then Baby Photography. Nope. I was doing good work but I wasn’t really enjoying it.

By this time, the corporate world was calling again, which was a relief. I also met Dave Stock at a photography seminar. Dave helped me refine my Youth Sports Photography business. No more action photos. Just Team and Individuals. I decided to photograph the corporate world during the week and sports leagues on the weekends. I took down all the baby, wedding, family, and senior pictures off my website. With the ability to concentrate on just the two types of photography that I enjoy the most, my work has gotten much better and my business has started to really grow (The funny part is that Corporate Photography and Youth Sports Photography are very similar, but that’s another story).

So, why Headshot Scott? With the popularity of LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social networking sites, corporate headshots are very important these days. A great headshot can also get actors and models more work. I wanted to up my headshot game, so to speak, so I found Peter Hurley. Peter is known as the leading headshot photographer in the country, if not around the world. I have learned plenty from Peter and plan on learning much more about how to take the best headshot possible. I plan to soon be one of a select few photographers in the world with the title of Associate Photographer of Peter Hurley. The work on this site is a direct result of the nearly twenty years of experience I have, coupled with the direction of Peter.

Thank you for reading,
Scott Housley

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Scott Housley
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