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Chicago Headshot Photographer: Portrait Rates

Models and actors choose Chicago headshot photographer and portrait photographer John Gress to build their professional portfolios and comp cards. With over 16 years of experience in lifestyle and fashion photography, John Gress brings a creative approach to head shots that casting directors & agents notice. To view his headshot portfolio, please visit our gallery.

Located in a 3,000 square foot historic loft in Chicago’s South Loop, at the end of the Stevenson Expressway near McCormick Place, the John Gress Photography Studio features a diverse range of backgrounds and environments allowing for the creation of sophisticated portfolio images.

Our Packages

Basic Headshot Package: $150

  • Basic head and shoulders shot for actors, models and business people.
  • One look / Outfit
  • One high-resolution retouched photo

Standard Headshot Package: $375

  • Three looks / Outfits
  • Four high-resolution retouched photos

Deluxe Headshot Package: $595

  • Five looks / Outfits
  • Six high-resolution retouched photos

All of our shoots include:

  • State-of-the-Art professional digital photography
  • All images may be shot or converted to B&W or color
  • Unlimited number of photos during your shoot
  • Online Proofs
  • Male model poses for headshots in a Chicago restaurant
  • Female model poses for a headshot in a Chicago studio
  • Female actress poses for headshots in Chicago
  • Female hair model poses for a headshot in a Chicago photo studio
  • Male model poses for headshots on the roof of a Chicago photo studio
  • A female model poses for headshots outside in Chicago
  • An African Amercian male model poses for a headshot in a chicago photo studio
  • A femal model poses ofr headshots in Chicago


Book Your Shoot Now

To book a reservation, call 312-545-5438, email or securely checkout below using paypal or your credit card.

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Comp Cards

    • 100 Model Composite Cards: $175
    • 250 Model Composite Cards: $250
    • 500 Model Composite Cards: $300

Additional Services

      • On-site Make-up Artist One Look: $125*
      • On-site Hair Stylist One Look: $125*
      • Hair & Make-up Together One Look: $150*
      • Hair & Make-up Together Three Looks: $250*
      • Hair & Make-up Together Five  Looks: $375 *
      • CD with all high-resolution images: $75
      • 8×10 or 9×12 prints: $10
      • Additional retouched images: $30
*pricing covers one person only. Please
contact us for a quote for shoots with
multiple individuals. Multiple hair and
make-up looks for female models may
be priced on a custom basis and prices
are subject to change depending on
scheduling and stylist’s availability.



Cash, Money Orders and Credit Cards (Discover, Master Card and Visa) are accepted.

Reservation Deposit:

A $150 non-refundable reservation deposit is required. Your reservation deposit serves to guarantee your appointment’s date and time, which will be confirmed after we have received payment and booked hair, make-up or fashion stylists (crew) for your shoot. If your requested time is unavailable and available times will not work with your schedule or we can not schedule a crew, provided one is needed, for your requested date, we will refund your deposit. We will not hold any dates for you until you have made a deposit.

We can take your deposit over the phone with a credit card or via paypal, our address is




Chicago Headshot Photographer FAQ’s

-Answered by John Gress, Chicago Headshot Photographer

What types of jobs can you get modeling?
Modeling isn’t just something you do on a runway in Paris on in a photo spread that appears in Italian Vogue. Just like there are many different types of people, there are many different types of models. In Chicago, there is a lot of work modeling for lifestyle ads, which showcase everyday life and sell a product of service. Often times lifestyle models are good looking everyday people who can come in every shape, size and age. An insurance company may need a delicately matured senior citizen and a beer brand may need a sexy 25 year old fit male with facial hair, who looks like he drinks beer. Ive done several shoots where the client requested a good looking soccer mom and kids ranging from newborns to teenagers. A lot of fashion modeling in the Midwest is catalog shooting for stores like Sears, K-Mart and Kohl’s. Some might scoff at doing these types of shoots, but they pay real money. Of course some of the people I have photographed have gone on to make it big modeling everywhere across the globe.

What is a Look?
A look is a set of pictures taken in a single scene wearing a single outfit. Some photographers limit the number of pictures they will take per look, but I always shoot until we get the shot.

What is a Compcard?
A compcard is short for composite card and is a collection of five images printed on 8.5″ x 5.5″ card stock. Four vertical images, all of the models stats and contact info typically appears on the reverse. While the front is usually covered with one image that is traditionally a head and shoulder shot. The purpose of a compcard is to give potential customers of a model’s services an idea of what they look like up close, full body, smiling and non-smiling. The images can come from five different looks or a few as three.

What do you mean ‘Retouched’ images?
Photos that have been color corrected with the contrast and brightness optimally adjusted to showcase the subject. Blemishes, stray hairs and other distracting elements are removed to help the model look their best. Retouching, like make-up, shouldn’t be heavy handed, because no one will hire a model if they look unnatural in their photos. Retouching an image properly can take around 30 minutes and that’s why photographs limit the number of retouched images and charge extra for additional photos.


Print’s are not included in any of our packages, however we offer prints for an additional price. Images will be cropped to accommodate the proportions of the print size.

What exactly are ‘Headshots’?
Headshots can refer to head and shoulder image or the word can refer to a variety of images showcasing a model or actor.

How many photos do I need?
Actors often need one image, but can use different images for different roles. Aspiring models may wish to just add a few images to their portfolio or they may want to have five images for a compcard. A portfolio can be composed of as many images as you like, but keep in mind less is more and only want to show your best. A model will also want to have at least one image that shows his or her full body

What should I wear?
I think its best for people to bring twice as many looks to the studio as they are scheduled to shoot. The looks should span a variety of styles but its important that everyone have a t-shirt and jeans look in addition to clothing that isn’t covered in logos. Lifestyle models should have clothing that is classic, solid colors are preferred and the fit and style shouldn’t be too sexy.

What should I be doing in the photos?
Potential clients may want to hire a model based on how they look in an edgy pose, but others may want to know how the model looks when they’re smiling. Remember to move and don’t be afraid to continuously change your poses between images. There are no wrong answers and it’s ok to miss the mark. Remember there isn’t much to choose from if there are many images that all look the same! .

How long will the shoot take?
Each look will take around 45 minutes, excluding changing clothes, hair and make-up.

Do you really need a make-up artist or hair stylist?
If it were me being photographed, I’d want a make-up artist on set. A lot of guys think they don’t need make-up and a lot of girls think they can do it themselves, but we all can look our best with the help of a professional. No one is blemish free and proper makeup is the foundation for proper retouching. It really improves the finial product because some challenges that makeup can fix can’t be properly addressed in Photoshop. Hair styling may not be necessary for shorter haired male models, but changing a hair style and make-up between looks is highly recommended for female models.


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