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, we will send you watermarked proofs and you can select the images you need and we will turn them around in 2-5 days.
All of our shoots include:
Unlimited number of photos during your shoot.
- All images may be shot or converted to B&W or color
Online watermarked proofs
- Access to our Evanston Illinois photo studio
Book Your Shoot Now
Clicking on the appointment type will reveal our calendar. To book a reservation there is a $150 reservation fee which goes towards your total or you can pay in full. You can call 312-545-5438, email email@example.com or securely checkout below.
If the dates available don’t work for you, please contact us.
- 100 Model Composite Cards: $275
- 250 Model Composite Cards: $350
- 500 Model Composite Cards: $400
Hair & Make Up
On-site Make-up Artist One Look: $200*
On-site Hair Stylist One Look: $200*
Hair & Make-up Together One Look: $225*
- Hair & Make-up Together Three Looks: $350*
- Hair & Make-up Together Five Looks: $475 *
Cash, Credit Cards, Zelle, Venmo and Paypal are accepted.
A $150 non-refundable reservation fee is due at the time of booking. After receipt of this fee, we will reserve the date and time agreed upon and will not make other reservations for that date and time. For this reason this fee is non-refundable, even if the date is change or the appointment is canceled for any reason. The deposit goes towards your final total and can be paid above on this page, over the phone with a credit card or via Zelle (our address is firstname.lastname@example.org). If you request hair and make-up and we can not schedule someone to attend your shoot, we will refund your deposit if we can’t find a time that works for everyone. A higher deposit may be required if you’re shoot requires two or more of the following: hair, make-up and styling. The balance will be due at the studio at the end of the shoot.
You can reschedule your shoot for any reason 48 hours or more before the shoot.
We specialize in natural retouching that makes you look like you. Well rested, healthy, put together, blemish free, and maybe a few years younger but not lighter. We will do up to three rounds of retouching per image, but rarely is more than one round needed. If you request additional changes you will be charged $10-30 each additional round of retouching, dependent upon the complexity. We will do our best to make any changes you request, but there is a chance your requests may exceed what is possible for us. Most location shots are done at real locations and we do not deal in overly complex composite and/or heavily altered images. However, you are more than welcome to take the images we create to a company who specializes in that type of retouching.
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 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 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 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 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 images.
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 images 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 images?
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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