Chicago Photographers

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The Top Chicago Photographers, 2019

Browse these top-rated photographers from Chicago, IL.

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Jon N.
Chicago
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My name is Jon and I am a freelance photographer specializing in environmental portraiture and street photography. I utilize my experiences in order to create photography that tells a story. I am a Chicago native inspired by the city around me, and my work is a reflection of that. I am a self-taught photographer and I strive to capture a perfect moment that tells a story. I never dreamed that this passion would develop into great experiences that I will always continue to pursue and grow as an individual. I can't wait to see what's ahead of me.

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Liam G.
Chicago
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Liam Goss has been taking photos for the past three years. Originally located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and later on moving to Chicago, Illinois, he has been capturing the stories of the under represented and under acknowledged, making them feel just as important as the celebrities in the headlines. He has gone on over 500 total shoots, for every day people, large events, highly funded companies like Nike, Carhartt, and several restaurants in Albuquerque and Chicago. One of the nicest, hardest working photographers in the area, Liam Goss has a unique editing style that separates him from the less hard working photographers out there. All his free time is spent shooting with people for free who can't afford his rates as well as constantly editing new photos and posting them for the community to see.

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Andy C.
Chicago
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camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Andy Cat is a professional photographer who has worked with customers and clients in Chicago and San Francisco for over 3 years. He has a B.A in film and digital media from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He specializes in corporate and commercial branding content, as well as weddings and portraiture. His experience with portraits, products, and visual storytelling has given him the opportunity to work with companies such as StickOutSocial, Absolute Visions Productions, and Brinker International.

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Charlie B.
Chicago
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camera Canon EOS 7D Mark II; Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Charlie Brown has a strong background in Filmmaking which has translated over into Photography. He takes pride in the quality of every image he has ever shot, and nothing compares to his passion for the art of storytelling through images.

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Widlet S.
Chicago
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camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Nikon D5200; Nikon D5500

Summary of Qualifications – · Studio Experience working with creative teams · Understanding of various lighting setups and hungry to learn more · Ability to subtly retouch or heavily manipulate an image · Extensive knowledge of digital and film, various format sizes · Speak Creole, French, Spanish, and English. Skills Expert at DSLR Photography and setting up lighting situations for photo shoots; Superior Photo editing skills in Photoshop and Lightroom. Video editing software like Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro. Shoot with both Nikon and​ Canon – prefer Nikon.

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Eric W.
Chicago
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camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EOS 6D

Eric Marion-Williams is an experienced and dynamic professional photographer who has been working with chefs, restaurants and major brands in Chicago for the past 3 years. He has a background and education in Design from Columbia College. He specializes in Food Photography having completed over 300 shoots all over Chicago and outlying areas. While having experience in other areas such as Event and Headshot photography, his main passion and focus is food having been hired by companies such as GrubHub, Amazon Restaurants, Uber EATS, Meals on Wheels, Adidas and several individual chefs and restaurants.

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Megan S.
Chicago
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camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Megan has so far spent 19 years shooting freelance commercial, wedding/ event, portrait/ fashion, and lifestyle work. Her ability to keep it professional, but make a shoot FUN is a unique aspect of what she bring to the table. Offering direction, posing, and her ability to align help clients achieve the exact look needed. Career Highlight: Having an image digitally displayed at the Louvre in Paris for the fifth annual Exposure Award.

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Jorge A.
Chicago
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camera Canon EOS 6D; Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EOS R

Jorge Alvarado aka Arturo Alva, has five years of experience in different cities across America he also has a diploma in advertisement photography from EFTI in Madrid, Spain. Originally from El Salvador where he started his career, he has lived and worked in Houston, Tx and also Chicago, Illinois.

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michael g.
Chicago
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camera sony A7iii; Sony Alpha 7 II

Two years ago, I started doing small events then transitioned into working at bigger name wedding companies. From all the hard work, I've opened up my own studio with top of the line equipment and software.

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Lena V.
Chicago
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camera Canon EOS 5DS R; Canon EOS 1200D (Rebel T5)

Lena Vieira is a professional photographer that has been working in the business since 2006 right out of high school. She has her bachelors and masters degrees in photography where she has used her craft to express herself as a fine art artist along with bringing her many clients ideas to life with her photography skills. In 2012 Lena decided that we wanted to do more with her photography career and went for her masters at Columbia College Chicago. While there she started to develop a passion of giving back to the community of teaching photography and its art to students from low income communities. Her work helped create an after school program for teens to attend and learn how to become artists.

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Tony M.
Chicago
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camera Fujifilm X-Pro2; Fujifilm X-E2

Tony Menias is an award winning and published photographer. He travels the world to capture the human condition in its beauty and essence. He continues to inspire many through his visual story telling and captivating view of the world. He specializes in all kinds of photography; From travel, street, and documentary to families, couples, weddings and events.

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Eric C.
Chicago
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I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography as well as 8 years of experience as a professional photographer. I have shot for brands and organizations such as Lollapalooza, JUF, Yahoo News, 1871, We Work, Abbott Laboratories, Wine Channel TV, SocialMedia.Org, AUG the Exchange, Schoology, and Make-A-Wish Foundation. While earning my degree I participated in 6 different internships in the field of fashion photography, I studied photography abroad in Florence Italy for 6 weeks, and I traveled as a student volunteer for independent study to 2 photography conferences. During the summer's of my college career I worked as a souvenir photographer at Navy Pier, the John Hancock, the Willis Tower, and the Museum of Science and Industry for Photogenic Inc. I also began shooting product photography for the Randolph Street Market while attending Dominican University. After I earned my degree I began working for 360 REVO, an automotive photography company, where I did detail shots as well as panoramic shots for various high end car dealerships throughout the city. After completing my work there I began working for several smaller photography companies where I did everything from event work to product work. Now I am more selective as I have honed my skills and I currently focused on event photography for corporate and private clients as well as perfecting my product photography as well. I am still focusing on perfecting my craft and pursuing my goals by continuing my photography education by traveling to both conferences and high end workshops where I have been taught over the top lighting and retouching techniques as well as advanced marketing and art direction. I take great pride in my work and have incredible attention to detail. I will do my best to employ these traits while working as your photographer!

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Jung S.
Chicago
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I have been working as a professional wedding photographer in Chicago and Chicagoland area for 5 years. While I'm still not a master at it, the experience have taught me how to see and capture a precious moment of people and make it memorable. Also as much as I like photojournalistic style of photography, I fell in love with taking portraits of people. If I have a model 24/7 and can only take photos for life it will be my dream job.

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Jack S.
Chicago
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I'm a commercial photographer from Poland, but in the last ten years I've been based in New York and Beijing. In August 2017, I moved to Chicago. My work has been published in the Washington Post, The Guardian, and The China Daily. My documentary work was exhibited at the G20 Economic Summit at Hangzhou. I've been named one of the top photographers in NYC and Chicago by organizations like Thumbtack (Chicago, NYC) and Superr (NYC). And I'm a member of Professional Photographers of America.

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Darren D.
Chicago
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camera Canon EOS 5D Mark IV; Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Canon EOS-1DS Mark II

I was formally trained as an apprentice to Jim Parks from 1988 to 1992. There I learned the finer details of tabletop photography for commercial use.

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Sandra R.
Chicago
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I have over 20 years experience in commercial and portrait photography. Great photographs are not just taken, they are developed through experience and technique. My image style is created in both in camera and editing using the Adobe suite. I graduated from Columbia College with a BA in design. I majored in design, with a minor in photography. In my junior/senior year I studied fine art painting under 2 well-known artists, Hollis Sigler and Pat Olsen. I won the “1st Place Presidents Award” in art during my senior year at Columbia College. My passion is photography. It is my mission to create and capture the utmost beauty of a moment in time. I truly enjoy working and capturing portraits, lifestyle, nature, commercial, product and or event photographs. My professional background is in commercial, people, lifestyle, portrait, product and editorial photography.

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Luke D.
Chicago
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Luke Davis is a commercial and editorial photographer based in Chicago. He got his start shooting portraits of Buenos Aires, Argentina's tattoo artists, street vendors and cab drivers for Time Out Magazine. Since then, he has photographed for numerous brands and nonprofits worldwide, including recent work for VH1's Black Ink Crew Chicago. He constantly finds himself enamored with life's quirky, fleeting moments, whether they play out in the studio, the bird sanctuary near his apartment, or an abandoned and beautiful ballroom somewhere in South America. When he's not shooting, you might find him whizzing about the city on his bike, drinking as much iced coffee as possible, or commenting to someone nearby that "the light is beautiful right now." His latest project, Dragged Up, takes an unadultered, behind-the-scenes look at Chicago's burgeoning drag scene.

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David T.
Chicago
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David is a professional photographer with over 15 years of experience specializing in commercial, portrait, wedding and event photography. He is a member of Nikon Professional Services and has specialized equipment to handle any subject under difficult and demanding circumstances. He understands the photography process from capture to image manipulation and enhancement to printing. He has worked with various subjects from professional models, athletes, politicians, to everyday people and animals of all ages. He's able to bring your vision for any project to reality.

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Sergio M.
Chicago
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I've been a freelancing for the last 4.5 years, I took couple of photography/film clases in College because I'm just passionate about it. But my Bachelor is in Marketing which is been also very helpful because it has helped me to get freelance jobs not only online but also in real life scenarios. I watch photography tutorials all the time on youtube and I keep up with new videos from the handful photographers I follow, I currently get booked by other freelance photographers and couple of studios and companies I work with. and I'd say that I like any kind of photography, they are all unique and worth the practice and experience.

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Supreet M.
Chicago
camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III

I am a self taught photographer, my father gave me a camera when I was in elementary school, and I started taking photos of nature, family events, and any trips that we went on. Shooting flowers taught me about lighting and composition to some extent, by no means am I a master of either, but as I developed my skills, I upgraded my equipment. Eventually I thought I should put my skills as a photographer to use, and started shooting random nightlife events, I believe the events that really propelled me towards event photography were the Porter Robinson NYE Event, and another NYE Event I covered for Chicago Scene. These events helped me meet people, which later on helped me to cover more nightlife events. I would say from 2016 - to 2017 I have done 90+ nightlife events co-mingled with corporate events, this year I am much more focused on diversifying into more corporate style events. I love panels, networking events, brand promo activations, you get to meet such amazing people, and there's always a story to tell. Photography for me is a hobby, and this allows me to keep it as a true passion. It's my escape after a busy week at work, it's me being in my own universe and being able to freeze and capture life around me. Vivian Maier is one of my biggest inspirations.

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Nick R.
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How did you get started with photography

I was always surrounded by photography equipment since my grand father was one before I was born. It wasn't until I turned 22 that I finally started looking for a creative output and have been doing it ever since.

What do you love about your job?

I love capturing emotions and giving people satisfaction with the work I provide. I always take every job personal since my main goal is to deliver something that me and the clients will love to share with the world.

What are some of your favorite places in Chicago to take photographs?

I love downtown Chicago especially around the reflective buildings since they provide an amazing bounce of light I like taking advantage of it.

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Chicago Photography Statistics

Average job star rating4.9
Chicago photography jobs per day3,437
Average length of photography job (hours)3.8
Photos taken per hour in Chicago32,647

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