PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS CHICAGO

Headshots That Make You Look Good, And Stand Out In Your Industry

Headshot Success Stories

Acting Headshots

Whether you are just breaking in to the acting business, or you have been performing for years…having killer professional acting headshots will make casting directors notice you. My headshots will help you get auditions for the top talent and casting agencies in Chicago, Second City, musical theatre, or local tv and film productions. I photograph a lot of students who need headshots for college theatre applications, and I can also provide comp card portfolio images for anyone looking to pursue modeling as a career. You are already a celebrity on the inside…now let me help you look like one on the outside!

Corporate Headshots

Are you making a move in your career, and need a new corporate headshot to look more professional? I can help you update your LinkedIn profile photo, or social media images so that you look like an expert in your industry. Whether you’re a CEO being photographed for an annual report, a real estate agent updating your marketing materials, or a lawyer that wants to charge more for your services…my headshots will give you the credibility you need. If you’re still using a stuffy photo that was taken at your office party 10 years ago…stop waiting, and let me help you get a modern headshot that makes you look good!

Our Headshots Will Give You:

CREDIBILITY

Can you get the job done? A good headshot makes people trust you, and want to hire you.

VISIBILITY

Having a great headshot makes you stand out of the crowd, and ensures you won’t be looked over.

LIKABILITY

A good headshot will make people want to work with you. You don’t want to look mean, scared, or sad.

Our Headshots Capture Your Personality

If your stomach doesn’t hurt from laughter after your headshot session, you went to the wrong photographer. The key to an amazing professional headshot photograph is your personality. When you aren’t worried about your appearance is when you are most photogenic . That is why all of my sessions are built around crazy banter, and making faces. You don’t have to be a model to look good in pictures…you just have to be yourself.

The Sansone Headshot Process

1. Posing

Do you know which side is your ‘good side’? Most people look better on the left side of their face. The side you part your hair on is also an indicator. Everyone has a sweet spot where they look best. Finding your angle is a big step in making sure you look good in your headshot. I have tricks to reduce the ‘double chin’ effect, and I’ll teach you about how body language affects your perceived strength.

2. Expression

The most important part of a headshot is your expression. We will spend a majority of the session making sure you are conveying the type of personality you want in your images. I will teach you about your mouth, eyes, eyebrows, and how the combination of the three affect your expression. I will make sure you look like the confident, approachable, and interesting professional you are.

3. Selection

It’s hard to judge details of an image on the back of a camera, so I shoot tethered into a laptop computer. The images will pop up on the large screen as soon as we take them. This provides me the ability to show you the shots, and receive your immediate feedback. I can fix problems during the shoot instead of finding out after that something wasn’t right. This ensures the best possible images.

4. Retouching

The final details are added with retouching. Nothing kills a shot faster than poor retouching. Skin has texture, and should not be blurred. I employ advanced photoshop techniques to keep everything looking natural. I will do a basic color correction, remove blemishes, remove stray hairs, fix glare in glasses, even out skin tone, and make everyone look like the best versions of themselves.

The Headshot Photographer

“I’ve developed a headshot process that will help you have fun, look good, and get noticed. If you hate having your photo taken, I’m here to change that. You’re going to leave with the best headshots you’ve ever had.
That’s a promise!”

-MIKE SANSONE

Ready To Get New Headshots?

No matter what your profession…you WILL be judged by your image. Let us help you look like the confident, approachable, and interesting professional you are!
Being ‘photogenic’ is a learned skill, and you’re going to learn the secrets to own it in front of any camera for the rest of your life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t see your question here? Give us a call at 773-999-9981!

I can’t remember where I heard it, but the definition that I like for ‘Photogenic’ is when your self-confidence outweighs your insecurities. So basically, when you are being yourself, and not thinking about how you look is when you look the most attractive. Everyone is capable of looking great in pictures, it just takes the right photographer who is willing to push people through the walls they’ve built around themselves.

Having a headshot that represents your personality is necessity for anyone that cares about their reputation. Social media is inescapable, and everyone has the ability to find out who you are with a few simple searches. Your headshot is the first impression people will have before meeting you. It takes less than 1 second for the viewer to make a judgment about who you are, and what you’re like. It’s your headshot’s job to make sure that impression is a positive one.

Your headshot can cost you your reputation. There is a saying that you have to dress for the job you want. If you want to be taken seriously in your field, you have to make sure that you look the part. Take a look at your current headshot and ask yourself these questions. Does this person look confident? Do they look professional? Do you trust this person? Do you get a sense of this person’s personality? Is this someone you want to meet? Would you hire this person? If you didn’t immediately answer yes to all of those questions, your headshot could be holding you back.
It is always better to do things right the first time. Spending money on a quality headshot now could potentially save you thousands in missed opportunities.

Liking a headshot photographer’s pictures isn’t half as important as liking the actual photographer. If you and your photographer do not jive, you won’t be able to be yourself around them. That tension will show in your shots. You are trusting them with your most important marketing tool. You only have a few hours to get the shots you need. Take the time to have a conversation on the phone with them, or set up a consultation. Most photographers will do these for free. Ask questions. Get a feel for who they are, and how they work. Find out how they direct their clients. This is HUGE. Chances are, you aren’t a model and have no idea what to do in front of a camera. It’s the photographers responsibility to coach you towards the shots you need.

This is where my work separates itself from the rest of the headshot photographers in Chicago. Every single person I have ever photographed needs guidance on what to do in front of the camera. Having your picture taken is a very forced and unnatural experience. It’s the photographer’s job to create an atmosphere that you feel safe to be yourself in. I will help take your mind off having your picture taken through my direction, and crazy banter. This will allow us to capture natural reactive expressions. These moments are when you are the most relaxed and honest. This is how we capture your personality. You will leave with the skills to be able to ‘own it’ in front of any camera for the rest of you career.

All of our headshot sessions include at least 1 retouched image. Don’t worry about that blemish…it can removed with the click of a mouse. Wrinkles can be softened, and any minor imperfections can be taken care of. The key to good retouching is for it to remain natural. We will not use a skin retouching photoshop plugin. Every detail is retouched manually by hand. We will discuss specific retouching concerns during the session.
Additional Retouched Images – $75/each

Retouching can take up to 7 business days. The final images will be delivered in an email download link. Be sure to save all files in a safe place. The download link expires in 7 days.
24hr. Rush Delivery – $50/image

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