Chicago Headshot Photography

Chicago-based photographer, Brian McConkey has captured images of over 200 actors, comedians, athletes and musicians. We specialize in headshot photography for entertainers and corporations for social media including LinkedIn, Twitter, website content and print advertising.

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My love for photography began when I picked up a Pentax K1000 in a camera shop at 11 years old. Growing up in Jackson, Michigan I consumed endless copies of Life Magazine, fascinated by journalistic portrait and landscape photography. The Pentax came in handy when I shot for my high school yearbook and college newspaper.

Taking Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, John H. White’s, photojournalism class at Columbia College inspired me to pursue photography as a career. He said, “Take the lens cap off your camera and never use it again.” A camera is with me at all times.

I have been a professional photographer for close to 30 years, starting Brian McConkey Photography in 1992 doing actor headshots. I started to master my lighting from shooting black & white photography for over 10 years before changing to digital photography.

My goal as a photographer is to create a relaxed, fun, and professional environment so you’re comfortable. This results in bringing out your unique personality that I hope to capture at that moment where I see something interesting going on in your eyes and facial expression.

My photography motto has always been “Everybody needs a headshot.” And in today’s ever-changing marketing and tech-savvy world, it’s true. Everybody does need a professional headshot and professional photos to capture those memorable events you’ll want to look back on.

I have branched out from actor headshots to corporate headshots and event photography including weddings and mitzvahs to family & kids portraits and travel photography

In my free time, I love to play guitar, unicycle, travel and spend time with my wife, two sons, and my dog.

Please contact me with any questions or to set up a free consultation or to schedule a shoot.

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