Chicago actor headshots

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When you are searching for a photographer for Chicago actor headshots, you’ll find a lot of options. But before you book you should consider the artistic style of the photographer and their experience. We have helped models and actors for years to get bookings and roles with scroll stopping headshots and portraits.

Chicago actor headshots portrait

During this shoot with Ken we created a series of dramatic headshots and portraits so he could be ready for any role, be it modeling or acting.The purpose of this bold series was to give him something unique for his portfolio that his agent could use to set him apart from all of the other chicago actors competing for the same roles.

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Chicago actor headshots behind-the-scenes

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After we got the above images, we wanted to create a series of headshots that were different, but with more mainstream styling.

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Then to show a little personality and mystery I grabbed some wheat from outside my studio window.

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About Us

Models, actors and everyday people choose Chicago headshot photographer and portrait photographer John Gress to shoot great headshots, build their professional portfolios or celebrate one of life’s milestones. With years of experience in lifestyle and fashion photography, John Gress brings a creative approach to head shots that will set your LinkedIn apart, or that casting directors & agents notice.You can shoot in his studio or nearby outdoors. To view his headshot portfolio, please visit our gallery.

Our pricing and packages are designed to give you the flexibility to get exactly what you need, without having to pay for options you don’t want. Whether you are looking for a single finished image for your LinkedIn, or 20 images for your Instagram, you can get exactly what you need. All sessions include at least 1 retouched image with additional images available for purchase.

After the shoot I will send a link to a web gallery with all of the photos, minus the terrible ones, with a watermark on top. Then you will go through them and pick the images you would liked retouched. Once you send us the file names, we will retouch them, taking in to account any notes your have. Then, we will upload high resolution versions of the retouched images without watermarks for you to download.

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Because some casting agents will want to see more of an actors body, we created these full body and 3/4 length portraits that were dull of personality.

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Quiet on the set

Next we added more full body images, but this time we went in a dfferent direction and created something that was more reminiscent of a film set.

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Whether on not you decided to book John Gress for XXXXX, we wanted to share with you what you should know before working with photographers for model portfolios and acting headshots.

What types of jobs can you get modeling?
Modeling isn’t just something you do on a runway in Paris or 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 distinguished senior citizen and a beer brand may need a sexy 25 year old fit male with facial hair, who looks like he drinks beer. I’ve 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 shoots for stores like Sears, K-Mart and Kohl’s. Some might scoff at doing these types of shoots, but they pay really well. Of course some of the people I have photographed have gone on to make it big modeling everywhere across the globe.

What types of jobs can you get Acting?
Acting in Chicago is similar to modeling. You can work at all levels, from community theatre to touring broadway shows. Of course there are companies like Steppenwolf and Second City and TV shows like The Chi, Chicago Fire, PD and Med. Plus Actors can be cast for commercials and lifestyle photoshoots.

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 and I try to shoot as many llooks as possible during the timed session you have booked.

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 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 not smiling. The images can come from five different looks or as few as three.

What do you mean by Retouched images?
Images 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 or an actor if they look unnatural in their photos. Retouching an image properly can take around 30 minutes and that’s why photographers limit the number of retouched images and charge extra for additional images. We are a natural retouching company and strive to have you look you best, maybe a bit younger, but probably not lighter.


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