Fun Photoshoots That Make You Look Incredible


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.


Looking for a new job? Want to land more auditions? Make more money? Be taken more seriously?

Acting Headshots

Whether you are just breaking in to the acting business, or you have been performing as an actor 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 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!


We bring the studio to you. Same great headshots in the comfort of your location.

Chicago Headshot Photographer

“Having your picture taken is awkward, and it’s hard to be photogenic. I’ve created a photoshoot experience that will help you look good, and have fun. You’ll leave with images that make people want to work with you!



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.


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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.

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 professional 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.

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.

Retouching can take up to 14 business days after the session. 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 one year from that date.
Same Day Retouching – $50/image

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No matter what your profession…you WILL be judged by your image. Mike will help you look like the incredibly awesome, and talented 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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Headshots Near Chicago

The studio is located downtown Chicago at the Lacuna Artist Lofts
10 mins south of the loop, and right off I-55 and I-90

2150 S Canalport Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

Professional Headshots

Having your professional head shot taken is a forced, and awkward experience. It’s hard to look good in pictures, but it doesn’t have to be. The biggest piece of advice I can give anyone looking to get good headshots is to relax. What makes a good headshot is your personality. The less you try to control things, and the more authentically you behave…the better your headshots will be. I am one of the best Chicago headshot photographers, and I have your back. I will never leave you hanging during the photoshoot unsure what to do. I will help you figure out what to wear for headshots, how to pose so you look your best, and help you get the best expression possible. Getting an awesome headshot photo isn’t impossible to achieve, and I think you’ve come to the right place. No matter what your industry is…I can help you look good, and stand out!

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What Is A Headshot

Simply put…a headshot photo is a picture of your face. What a headshot really does, and represents is so much more important. As more and more of our communication is pushed online…our relationships are with digital avatars of people that we may never meet in person. That headshot thumbnail is what will pop into their head every time they think of you. You have to make sure that it presents you in a way that you would like to be remembered. Your reputation depends on it. A professional headshot could be the deciding factor for whether or not you get a new job, land more auditions, book more clients, and have the ability to charge more for your services. A Mike Sansone Headshot will make people want to work with you!

Headshot Cost

How much does a headshot cost is the biggest question I get asked. 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. Spending money on a quality headshot now could potentially save you thousands in missed opportunities.

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