you need a kickass headshot
Are you a CEO being featured in magazines or a professional being featured in blogs and trade journals? Are you an executive trying to build your client portfolio? Are you trying to leverage business from your social media profiles? Maybe you're an actor trying to land your first big role. Whatever your needs, your headshot should be selling you when you're not there to sell yourself.
CHICAGO HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHER
You're a living breathing person with goals and dreams and talents and responsibilities. Your professional headshot shouldn't necessarily represent who you are today. It needs to tell the story of who you're going to be tomorrow. It's time to dress for the job you want, not the one you've got.
Let me be your Yoda
I create modern professional headshots for working professionals
-Michael Schacht - Owner/Photographer
WHAT MY HEADSHOTS DO FOR YOU
- MARKET YOURSELF
- SELF EMPOWERMENT
- POSITION YOU AS AN EXPERT IN YOUR FIELD
- CONTROL YOUR PERSONAL BRANDING
- GET THAT JOB
- CLOSE THAT DEAL
- STAND OUT IN THE CROWD
- TAKE BACK CONTROL OF YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION
It's never been easier to get professional headshots. Follow these 3 simple steps and I'll take care of the rest.
IS YOUR HEADSHOT HOLDING YOU BACK?
Are you missing out on big opportunities?
HOW VALUABLE IS A FIRST IMPRESSION?
Does your headshot tell your story? Does it position you as an expert in your field?
IT'S TIME TO CRAFT A NARRATIVE AROUND YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
YOUR SUCCESS DEPENDS ON IT!
Imagine that one hour of your life could change the trajectory of your career in ways you never believed possible. We are all one new job, new client, new contract, or new discovery away from a more comfortable life. You owe it to yourself to put in the effort to make that happen. The right headshot can unlock doors, allow you to be noticed, and make certain that you stand out in the crowd. We're no longer afforded the luxury of blending in.
HEADSHOTS NEAR CHICAGO
312 Elements Headshot photography is conveniently located in the Fulton Market District of Chicago's West Loop Neighborhood. The studio is near both Pink and Green Line trains. There are a plethora of nearby restaurants and coffee shops.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
Will you shoot on location?
We will come to your office. Our prices for location headshots start at $1000. Please contact us for a quote or if you're near Chicago, your team can come to the studio.
Is the makeup artist worth it?
I think our makeup artist team is worth every penny. It's an optional service, but strongly recommended for women. In general I prefer that men not wear makeup for headshots.
Do you offer discounts?
The thing about being the best, is that I stay very busy. For that reason, I only offer discounts for groups of 3 or more.
Are you the only photographer?
YES! You're hiring me! I have friends that I'll bring on large location jobs, but otherwise you'll be working directly with me. I truly believe that nobody could repeat what I do. Don't be fooled into shooting with assistants or associate photographers.
What should I wear for my headshot?
Fit: An ill fitting garment is a deal breaker. You'll look thinner in something more fitted as opposed to something boxy.
Formality: Think meeting or audition
Colors: Avoid the combination of black and white. Black is fine, white is fine, just don't wear them together. Avoid the color red. Otherwise go with what you like. I personally like shades of grey and jewel tones.
Jewelry: Think studs and pearls
Patterns: Leave them at home
Final thought: Bring extra stuff. Better to have and not need than to need and not have.
What about hair?
My makeup artist will fix your hair, but you're going to want to come in with your hair styled so that she knows how you like it to look. Don't ever let a stranger do your hair.
What kind of headshots are you looking for? If you look at the top of the screen you can click either of those big buttons to be taken to the pricing pages for each individual headshot category. I think that would be the best use of your time, but if you'd like to hear more about how much better your life will be after our headshot session, continue reading.
So let me guess... You need a new corporate headshot but you hate being photographed? Fear not. I get this all of the time from my business headshot clients. Anyone can click the shutter on the camera, but it takes an expert like myself to coach you from behind the camera. There's a learning curve to being photographed. If you walk through the door with the ability to follow instructions, I can take care of the rest. This is one of those scenarios in life where you absolutely get out what you put in. Creating a convincing professional headshot is a team effort and I'm the league MVP.
Your first impression can be the difference between getting the job and getting passed over. Most people aren't photogenic. We're trained at a young age to smile on command when we hear the word cheese. As an adult, all that's going to yield is a cheesy headshot. My business exploded in 2012 when I discovered the secret to helping people look their best in their corporate headshot photos. Not only will you be coached throughout the process by one of the best headshot photographers in the country, but you’ll also be able to review the images in real-time to put your mind at ease.
You need headshots Chicago! A great professional headshot or executive portrait is no longer an option, it's a requirement. Your LinkedIn profile is working for you 24 hours a day 7 days a week whether you want it to or not. Have you ever googled yourself? People who insist upon the best professional headshots, choose 312 Elements. It’s not a coincidence that I’m continually voted the best Chicago portrait photographer, but don’t take my word for it. I have tons of headshot testimonials all over the internet. Let's work together and craft the narrative around your personal brand.
Let me tell you a little industry secret about headshot photography. If you've read this far down the page, chances are you're seriously interested in getting an amazing headshot. Take a moment and pat yourself on the back for making the right decision. Maybe you're looking to rebrand, maybe you're just looking to upgrade a little bit. Stop looking and stop agonizing over this decision. Fill out the contact form and let me help you. You will not find another headshot photographer that cares more about your success than I do. You also wont find a more capable photographer than myself. My success in this industry has allowed me to photograph more people than any other photographer in the greater Chicagoland area. I've helped more people start new careers, get promotions, land roles, and position themselves as experts in their given industries than my next three competitors combined. That's not even really a fair statement because I don't believe I have a single competitor in this space. There are some very capable photographers in Chicago and they might be able to help you. But the fact is that a large number of my clients come from the so called competition. I get calls every week from people who were photographed by XYZ photographer and despite having spent a lot of money, they failed to live up to their expectations. Don't settle for anything less than what you deserve.
I'm a no bullshit kind of guy. I take headshots very seriously. If you this headshot isn't something that you think is important, than hire someone else, or better yet, have a friend do it. I choose to only work with those who want to win. I'm not going to let you wear the wrong tie, wrong dress, wrong shirt, or let you select the wrong image. This is what I do day in and day out and I've been doing it for the last 10 years. I'm not going to let you look older than you are, heavier than you are, or less intelligent than you are. It's my job to make sure you look like a million bucks. I mean it when I say that I am the only person in town that can make this happen for you. There isn't a photographer on page one of google whose work I haven't had to fix. I am in the business of making clients happy and that's exactly what I do.
CHICAGO HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHER
I am the best Chicago headshot photographer, so what's holding you back?. Is it my price? You are absolutely correct. If you want to work with the best, it's going to be expensive, but these headshots pay for themselves. A better headshot always leads to better opportunities. My experience is that you're going to pay for it either way. You're going to pay for it when you choose the wrong photographer and need to have it redone somewhere else. You're going to pay for it when instead of getting the job you wanted that pays well, you settle for a job with less opportunity and pays less. You're going to pay for it when you're trying to connect with a new client on LinkedIn and your LinkedIn profile picture makes you look eager and inexperienced. While what I do may not be rocket science, there's a skill to it that really can't be taught. I have the unique ability to look at you, decide which side of your face is your better side, decipher which angle is going to be the most flattering, what type of light is going to work best with your skin and bone structure, and I have the taste to help you select the image that's going to represent your personal brand. And I do it all with the bedside manner required for such a sensitive experience. Honesty, I've tried to teach this to people. It just doesn't work. This is why I don't have assistants or associate photographers. I have a gift and I want to share it with you.
To recap, it's time to get with the program. You owe it to yourself to work with the best. If you're willing to settle for average, save yourself the $300 and just have a friend do it. I'm a headshot photographer, I don't shoot weddings, or families. I am the expert in my field and I believe that what I do changes peoples lives. Do you want to make more money? Do you want to feel better about yourself? Are you ready to be taken seriously in your industry? Drop me a line today.
If you're not looking for headshots near chicago, but maybe headshots outside of the chicago area, I've got friends all across the country that can help you with that. Our headshot photographer network is strong and we cover cities in every state from Washington to Kentucky to NY and everywhere in between.
CHICAGO PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER
If you're looking for a Chicago portrait photographer with experience working with magazines, we can do that as well. A headshot is a specific kind of portrait. My portraits are kind of like my rebellion from headshot photography. I get to ignore the rules and just have fun. Click the link below to check out my portrait portfolio.