Chicago Fashion Photography: Editorial Photoshoot, The Young Socialites by Photographer John Gress Clothing by Borris Powell, Elizabeth Smith & iamsocialite
I first stepped into Chicago’s Union Station in 1996.I was 18 years-old and traveling through on my way to check out colleges with my mother. What possessed me to take a train clear across the country is beyond me, but I did really enjoyed the experience of seeing so much of our country first time.
Fast forward 18-years and I am back in Union Stations cavernous great hall, creating a Nightlife lifestyle ad campaign for the Aids Foundation of Chicagoâ€™s World of Chocolate. A charity event that raises money for people living with HIV and AIDS.
Actress Janey Engle contacted me to create a series of headshots that would showcase a series of styles though various outfits and hair styles. The images were taken in my south loop Chicago studio.
The more I explore new topics with my partner-in-crime Akin Girav the more I fall in love all over again with being a visual artist.
So far the response from our latest video has been great, mostly thanks to the great model we were able to work with, Linda W, represented by Ford Models.
I had the amazing pleasure of working with my friend and neighbor Akin Girav to produce a fashion music video last week. Collaborating with another photographer was a great experience. We found we saw images with the same eye and we were both able to freely adapt on the fly as we discovered new ideas and built upon each others contributions to create a great finished product.