Celebrity Portrait photography with Black Ink Crew Chicago’s Katrina Jackson

Portrait photography of Katrina Jackson from VH1's Black Ink Crew Chicago
Portrait photography of Katrina Jackson from VH1's Black Ink Crew Chicago
Katrina Jackson from VH1’s Black Ink Crew Chicago by celebrity portrait photographer John Gress

 

When it come’s to Instagram followers, aside from @BernieSanders, Katrina Jackson may be the biggest celebrity I have had the pleasure of photographing in recent years. That is if you don’t include professional athletes.

Jackson, also known as “Kat Tat” is a young woman of many talents: tattoo artist, painter, model, entrepreneur, philanthropist, social media and pop culture influencer, and now reality television star. She began tattooing while studying mathematics at the University of Missouri at the tender age of 18. After three years of struggling as both a math major and tattoo artist, she decided to drop out of school to pursue her real passion, tattooing. 

After working at a number of different shops in Chicago, she joined forces with a talented group of tattoo artists in Chicago: Ryan Henry, Van Johnson, “Phor”, and “Jet”. Together they formed 9MAG, which soon became the most popular urban tattoo shop in Chicago. Kat, being the only woman artist in the shop, held her own weight and quickly made a name for herself as one of the most sought after tattoo artists in the industry, with a strong celebrity clientele including rapper King Louie, Superbowl champions Jamie Collins (NE Patriots) and Shane Ray (Denver Broncos), and countless more. 

The artists of 9MAG were eventually discovered by a major production company, and are now all-stars of VH1’s hit series, “Black Ink Crew: Chicago”. As a non stop force in the tattoo and art industry, Jackson’s work cannot be denied and has been at the top of the discussion on numerous platforms including ESPN, Rolling Stone, VH1, and Windy City Live.

I teamed up with celebrity Stylist Stephanie Alexis, who coordinated her fantastic looks with great props, make-up artist Mimora Mulan who’s work was flawless and hair stylist Zaria Orr, who created two amazingly distinctive hair looks, including this one which reminded us of Daisy in the Great Gatsby.

 

Black Ink Crew Chicago celebrity Katrina Jackson by portrait photographer John Gress
Black Ink Crew Chicago celebrity Katrina Jackson by portrait photographer John Gress
Katrinia Jackson, Kat Tat Girl from VH1 black in crew Chicago celebrity portrait photographer
Katrina Jackson from VH1’s Black Ink Crew Chicago by celebrity portrait photographer John Gress

 

Katrinia Jackson, Kat Tat Girl from VH1 black in crew Chicago celebrity portrait photographer
Katrina Jackson from VH1’s Black Ink Crew Chicago by celebrity portrait photographer John Gress

 

Kat tat girl Katrina Jackson from black ink crew chicago by photographer John gress
Black Ink Crew Chicago celebrity Katrina Jackson by portrait photographer John Gress

 

Kat tat girl Katrina Jackson from black ink crew chicago by photographer John gress
Katrina Jackson from VH1’s Black Ink Crew Chicago by celebrity portrait photographer John Gress

 

Kat tat girl Katrina Jackson from black ink crew chicago by photographer John gress
Black Ink Crew Chicago celebrity Katrina Jackson by portrait photographer John Gress

 

Celebrity portrait photography behind-the-scenes

Chicago celebrity portrait photographer John gress with Kat tat girl
I used my 39″ Elinchrom Rotalux Deepocta as my main light, then I boomed a medium Chimera Lighting stripbox overhead and then filled the shot with a 60″ Photek Softlighter II unbrella.

 

Chicago celebrity portrait photographer John gress with Kat tat girl
I was also using my Profoto D1 500 Air monolights, Canon 5D mark III and 85mm f1.2L USM.

 

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