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Best Portrait Photographers in Evanston

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Evanston Portrait Photographers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Evanston, IL 60202

Why choose this provider?

Based out of Evanston, Illinois, Geoff Martin Photography prides itself in being a reliable, local family-friendly studio with a range of packages and options for all clients. For nearly ten years, principal photographer Geoff Martin has produced acclaimed portraits of individuals, professional groups and families in a variety of settings and styles. The studio maintains several active social media accounts, each with a loyal base of followers and fans. Previous clients praise Geoff's thoroughness and natural ability to bring out the most photogenic moments in each situation and setting. Sessions can take place in agreed-upon locations or at Geoff's own comfortable and stylish studio.

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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (7)

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Chicago, IL 60657

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Tiny Space Studio is a boutique headshot studio focusing on providing unique and traditional portrait photography throughout the Chicago area. Founder and owner Mike Henry is a professional photographer with a background in commercial advertising in Los Angeles. He has worked on various projects with big-name clients such as Target, Old Navy, Xbox, Adidas, Macy's, and many more. For each portrait session, they provide impeccable lighting in their fully-equipped studio, professional editing, as well as styling. They offer a variety of headshot packages with options including hair and make-up artists, high-resolution retouched images, and web gallery access to all images from shoot.

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5.0 / 5 (89)
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5.0 / 5 (12)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (1)

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Wilmette, IL 60091

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Rhonda Holcomb Photography provides portrait photography services for children, pets, food, headshots, and much more. Based in Chicago and operating studios in both Wilmette and Andersonville, owner and photographer Rhonda comes from a background in interior design and incorporates her knowledge of color and design into her photographic skills. She strives to capture her clients’ authentic selves and offers each of them personalized service to fit their needs. Her projects are in publications such as Crane’s Chicago Business, Time Out Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Modern Dog, and much more. Previous clients highlight the quality of service Rhonda provides. Others complement her ability to capture the true essence of her subjects.

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Yelp
5.0 / 5 (3)

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Chicago, IL 60613

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Mary Rafferty has worked as a professional photographer for more than 15 years, serving clients in Chicago and the surrounding area. Her career began in photojournalism, and it continues to impact her as a story teller and image maker with her current work and personal projects. Specialties for Rafferty include corporate headshots and personal branding, editorial, story telling and events. Mary has a spacious studio on the near north side of Chicago but also enjoys traveling to wherever the assignment may be. Her images have found their way to the covers of books, magazine layouts, album covers and commercial campaigns. She also boasts a large client list, which includes the Heartland Alliance, the University of Cincinnati Foundation, University of Chicago Women’s board, WXRT-93XRT, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Inspiration Corporation.

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4.8
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (3)
Facebook
4.3 / 5 (1)

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Chicago, IL 60613

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Amie Kuo of Amie Kuo Photography is a lifestyle photographer based in Chicago. Primarily specializing in weddings, Amie Kuo has photographed more than 130 couples. Though localized in Illinois, Amie Kuo is willing to travel for destinations and provides custom quotes for this service. All wedding packages include delivery of high-resolution digital files which are also professionally edited and retouched with color correction, exposure adjustment, selective black and white processing, clarity adjustments, and tone-mapping. In addition to weddings, Amie Kuo also offers a Family Session promotion which includes a 60 - 75-minute photo session at a designated location with all digital files on DVD.

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5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (7)

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Website
Chicago, IL 60657

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Owner and principal photographer of Jeff Lintz Photography, Jeff, operating out of Chicago, Illinois, recieved his degree in photography from prestigious Colombia University and began his career in the industry as a freelance retoucher, which he cites as formative in his dedication to perfection in his own work today as a high-quality provider of studio-quality portraiture, sports and fitness capture, and lifestyle documentation. He is also available for events photography, and takes great pride in being invited into the lives of some of the most exciting and sucessful businesses in the area. Jeff operates in a sharp, modernistic syle, and sports and fitness photography stunningly realizes the sense of motion and physicality inherent in these activities.

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Chicago, IL 60630

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AdotrPhotography is a photography studio specializing in headshots and portraits for clients in Chicago and the surrounding area. Owner/photographer Andrew Robles learned his craft in part through self-teaching but also mirroring his uncle, who made a lifelong career of capturing the jazz band circuits. Robles’ style is a mix of vibrant color and deep shadows. He attempts to photograph subjects from different angles and poses that try to break free from the confines of straight-ahead smiles. Portrait clients have included high school seniors, business executives, models, and performers. Many of his photos also demonstrate a knack for photographing women and children.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Introduction

    Portrait photography can be the perfect way to capture special moments for adults, children, couples, and families. It's a popular option for occasions, such as graduations, weddings, birthdays, and various milestones reached throughout childhood. However, you don't need a special reason to get a portrait professionally done, as there are many photographers eager to work with new clients at a reasonable rate.

    Professional portrait photography takes years of practice, and the right photographer can achieve results that go far beyond the typical selfie. A magnificent portrait can bring out the subject's inner qualities, allowing their unique personality to shine through for generations to cherish.
  • What is portrait photography?

    Portrait photography is the art of capturing a sitter's likeness with a camera. While this may sound as simple as snapping a quick shot with your mobile phone, the truth is that a truly good portrait photo is difficult to achieve. The goal of a high-quality photo is to capture the personality and emotions behind the subject.

  • What is the history of portrait photography?

    Since the invention of the first camera in 1839, portraits have been one of the most popular kinds of photos. However, way back when, photos needed an exposure time of 20 minutes or more, meaning you would need to sit completely still for that time or else end up with a blurry image.

  • Where can you learn portrait photography?

    Many art schools across the country offer degrees in photography, and some even have specialized classes in portraiture. This can be a good option for young photographers who want a well-rounded skill set. However, many dedicated portrait photographers are self-taught and rely on their portfolios to serve as their credentials.

  • How do you start a portrait photography business?

    Before starting a portrait studio, it's best to gain experience shooting your friends and family so you have a strong portfolio to show clients. Once you're confident in your work, try making a website where you can direct new businesses interested in having their pictures taken.

  • How to eliminate shadows in portrait photography?

    The secret behind many photographers' success is that photography is 50% editing. If you're working digitally, you can open up your pictures in editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, and use its digital tools to manipulate shadows and highlights. If you prefer to work analog, the best way to mitigate shadows is proper lighting.

  • What are the four categories of portrait photography?

    The four categories of portrait photography are constructionist, candid, environmental, and creative.

    1. Constructionist photographs involve working with a photographer who will sit you in different poses and lighting to create the perfect shot from the ground up.
    2. Candid photos are taken with minimal setup, trying to capture their subject in the moment.
    3. Environmental photos try to capture subjects in their natural environment.
    4. Creative photography uses a variety of experimental techniques and elements to create an original image.

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