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Chicago Photography Crew

A huge part of producing a photo or video shoot is connecting with great people to help you get the job done. I love all the amazing and talented people I get to work with on production, its the best part of my job. I know how tricky it can be to find great crew and resources when producing a shoot in a different city. I often get emails and calls from out of town producers or photographers looking for suggestions on production crew and resources in Chicago so I wanted to build a comprehensive list to help out fellow producers. I am always happy to give you my personal recommendations – but I hope this list can be a good start to anyone looking to produce a shoot in Chicago.

 

Please note: No resource posted on this site is in any way a personal recommendation, please email or call if you would like recommendations for a project you’re working on. Jump to: Digital Techs // Photo Assistants // Hair and Makeup Artists // Wardrobe Stylists // Prop Stylists // Food Stylists // Hair and Makeup Artists // Location Scouts // Production Assistants //

 

If you would like your name or business to be included on this list, please get in touch.

 

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Digital Technicians / DTs

If you are a Digital Tech in Chicago and would like to be listed on this page, please visit this page.

chicago digital technician

Samer Almadani

Pro Digital Tech &DIT
Digital Teching 10 years.  Work with Hasselblad, Phase One, Leaf, Sinar, Alpa, 4×5, 8×10, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Leica. Tethering with Capture One, Phocus, Lightroom, EOS Utility. Solid comping via Photoshop and toning via Lightroom and C1. Video editing via Final Cut.

 

312.404.1416
Samer@sameralmadani.com
www.sameralmadani.com
www.aleoretouching.com

Praise

Samer is an absolute asset to any team. He is diligent, well organized, and very thorough while on set. He is very detail oriented, brings ideas to the table and has a great enthusiasm you don’t always find in his field. I would strongly recommend him to any person in need of his services. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Taylor Castle, Photographer / President of Taylor Castle, Inc.

 

 

Samer is an excellent digital tech! I have had the opportunity to work with Samer on many occasions. He is always professional and a great asset to the team. He is extremely knowledgeable and detail oriented in his work. As an added bonus he is very personable and a great person to work with. Samer adds a lot to the team. You should probably hire Samer for your next job!

Chris Klinge, Photographer / Owner, Giraffe Boy Productions

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Neil Burger

Digital Tech’n since 2003. Proficient with Phase One/Capture One, Hassselblad/Phocus, Canon/Nikon, compositing/retouching
Mac Pro’s, MacBookPro’s, and displays available for rent-location and studio kits. Phase One Certified.

 

847.401.6220
neil@neiljohnburger.com
www.neiljohnburger.com

chicago digital tech

Brian Eaves

Digital Tech for still photography, working with Capture One 8 and 9, Adobe Lightroom CC, Photo Mechanic Pro
Experience with the following cameras: Hasselblad, Phase One, Nikon, Canon, Fuji. My asset management responsibilities include ingesting, adding corrections to RAW files, applying metadata, keywords and outputting files in RGB, CMYK or DNG formats.

I rent a Maxed out 27inch iMac and a maxed out 15in Macbook Pro Retina w/ Thunderbolt 2.

 

312.371.3007
brian@eavesphoto.com
eavesphoto.com

photo assistant in chicago

Mark Doddato

8 years Digital Tech. Experience with DSLR Cameras, Canon & Nikon bodies. Medium Format Camera Including Phase One, Hasselblad, Sinar, 4×5 Cameras. Strobe – Profoto, Broncolor, Calumet, Speedotron, Hot Lights, Mole, LCD, Kino and HMI Lighting systems.
Proficient with Capture One, Phocus, Lightroom, Canon Eos Capture Software Photoshop, retouching on the fly or to completion of project
Have car will travel to locations and room for equipment pick up and return.

 

708.207.0366
markdoddato@gmail.com

Praise

Mark Doddato is reliable, knows his stuff, and is my number one choice, always! It’s a toss up whether I hire him to assist or digi-tech, he’s that versatile.

Bob Randall, Photographer

 

He is an awesome first.
He always has a smile.
He knows what he is doing.
He knows Grip. He knows lighting.He knows Music
He does not screw around or diddle on his phone constantly
I love the guy , Please don’t book him. I want him to be available when I need him.

Laurie Rubin, Laurie Rubin Photography + Film

chicago photography crew digital tech

Tim Blokel

Experience using Hasselblad, PhaseONE, Mamiya, Arca, Alpa, Canon and Nikon camera systems tethering with Capture One, Phocus and Lightroom software. Can supply both studio and location digital capture packages that include hardware calibrated monitors to ensure accurate color replication, and the fastest Mac computers to keep up with tethered capture. On set compositing as well as full service digital retouching can also be provided.

708.837.7952
tim@stickdigital.net
www.stickdigital.net

chicago photography crew digital technician

Hannah Dunsirn

Proficient with Capture One, Lightroom, Photoshop, Canon, Nikon, Phase One, Fuji, Chronosync, Shotput Pro, Final Cut, Lighting, Compositing, and Retouching. Hannah provides a fluid workflow adjusting photos and providing files as needed for output. As well as data asset management Hannah provides clients files on the fly, and screens for quick reviewing.

 

 

920.277.4655
Hdunsirn@Dunsirn.com
www.hannahdunsirn.com

freelance digital tech photography chicago

Brian Pietrini

Profesional Digital Tech for the last 4 years. Highly skilled in programs such as Capture one V7-V9, Hasselblad Phocus, Adobe Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, EOS Utility. Camera Experience includes: Phase one, Hasselblad, Canon, Nikon, Alpa, Fuji. Responsible for Ingesting, cataloging, output, redundancy and delivery of a photoshoot on a large scale.
Rental kits are available: Mac Pro, Maxed 27inch iMac, MacBookPro w/Dueling SSD drives, Cinema Display, canon & Epson large and small format printers.

 

630.696.5114
brian@pietriniphoto.com
www.pietriniphoto.com

freelance digi tech chicago

Benjamin Stern

Professional Digital Tech for 10 years.  Proficient with CaptureOne, Lightroom, Photoshop as well as Canon EOS capture software.  Experienced with PhaseOne, Hasselblad, Maymia, Nikon & Canon camera systems.  Providing asset management, image adjustment & file delivery.  Retouching and image comping applied on set for client review. Post production retouching available.

 

917.945.1201
ben@sternimages.com
www.sternimages.com

digital tech in chicago production resources

Nathan Destro

10+ years.  Managed an equipment Rental Department for 6+ years.  I know how equipment works, doesn’t work, will break, how to fix it, how to troubleshoot it remotely, equivalent workarounds, and probably the manufacturer representative to contact if all else fails.  This applies to all the major brands for stills & motion applications.

440-665-4385

destro.nathan@gmail.com

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Photo Assistants

If you are a photo assistant in Chicago and would like to be listed on this page, please visit this page.

photography assistant in chicago

Naomi Chu Arguinzoni

I’ve been photo assisting for 10 years on shoots ranging from food, lifestyle, editorial and advertising; working with people to food to animals…you name it, I’ve probably done it! I’m comfortable using Speedotrons, Profoto, Broncolor, DynaLites and Comets and have worked with Canon, Nikon, Hasselblad, Mamiya and Phase Bodies along with IQ and Phase Digital Backs. I primarily use CaptureOne but have experience with Lightroom and Phocus Software.

 

773.817.1626
naomi@nchuphoto.com
www.nchuphoto.com

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Sandy Rosencrans

Assisting 5 years. Canon, Nikon, Hasselblad, Phase one, Speedo, Prophoto, Broncolor, Dynalite, Monolights, etc. Capture one, Phocus, Lightroom, Photoshop, etc. I can drive all types of vehicles, some better than others, but have no problem with a box truck or cargo van.

 

630.715.2083

sandyrosencrans@gmail.com

photo assistant in chicago

Mark Doddato

12 years Photo Assistant Experience with DSLR Cameras, Canon & Nikon bodies. Medium Format Camera Including Phase One, Hasselblad, Sinar, 4×5 Cameras. Strobe – Profoto, Broncolor, Calumet, Speedotron, Hot Lights, Mole, LCD, Kino and HMI Lighting systems.  Proficient with Capture One, Phocus, Lightroom, Canon Eos Capture Software Photoshop, retouching on the fly or to completion of project. Have car will travel to locations and room for equipment pick up and return.

 

708.207.0366
markdoddato@gmail.com

Praise

Mark Doddato is reliable, knows his stuff, and is my number one choice, always! It’s a toss up whether I hire him to assist or digi-tech, he’s that versatile.

Bob Randall, Photographer

 

He is an awesome first.
He always has a smile.
He knows what he is doing.
He knows Grip. He knows lighting.He knows Music
He does not screw around or diddle on his phone constantly
I love the guy , Please don’t book him. I want him to be available when I need him.

Laurie Rubin, Laurie Rubin Photography + Film

photography assistant in chicago

Austin Ho

Assistant for 3.5 years has worked with almost all camera and lighting systems on location or in studio, can drive a cargo van and cube truck. Works well with any crew and knows how to handle himself on set.

 

269.815.8464
austinho@me.com
austinho.com

Freelance photography assistant in chicago

Flynn

13+ years experience working on sets ranging from advertising, lifestyle, editorial, animal / cars / food, etc. Experience with Nikon, Canon, Hasselblad, Profoto, Speedotron, Broncolor, monolights, hot lights, LEDs, Kinos etc. Experience managing and shooting casting calls. Proficient with Photoshop and on set retouching. I primarily use Lightroom but have experience with Capture One and Phocus. Experience driving cargos, cube trucks and motorcycles w/helmet Go Pro Cams.

 

312.307.0441

flynnworks@gmail.com

www.flynnworks.com

Praise

Flynn is an awesome assistant with whom I’ve worked for over 10 years. Prompt, polite, and skilled with both lighting and camera systems, she is able to think on her feet and anticipate what I need to make my production go smoothly. Very highly recommended.

 

Dave Kreutz, Photographer

 

 

Flynn is dedicated, trustworthy, proactive, hardworking, and reliable.  She has all the qualities I would want from someone working on set with me during a project that makes my life easier.

 

Jeff Sciortino, Photographer

photography assistant in chicago

Nathanael Filbert

1st Assistant and Lighting Tech. The first lesson a photo assistant learns is appropriate set behavior and how to work as a team. I’ve been assisting for 6 years now and have worked hard not only to communicate and lead well, but also to understand light. Whether your project is a challenging location shoot or you’re in a studio with all the control in the world, seeing and shaping light is what this job is about and it’s what I love to do well.

312.504.9795
nathanael.filbert@gmail.com
www.nathanaelfilbert.com

freelance photo assistant in chicago

Mike Hammond

Photo assistant for 2 years working with Canon, Hasselblad, Phase One, Pro Foto, Broncolor and Speedotron.

 

216.280.9143
mikekhammondphoto@gmail.com
mikekhammond.net

photography assistant in chicago

Will Nunnally

I’ve worked as a photo and production assistant and produced documentary photos and video using Lightroom, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere and After Effects and Final Cut Pro. I speak Spanish and have a passport and car.

 

757.660.9256
w.nunnally@gmail.com
www.willnunnally.com

photo assistant in chicago

Ashlley Duarte

I’m bilingual; English and Spanish. I am knowledgeable of Canon and Nikon cameras, Capture One Pro, ChronoSync, Bridge, Photoshop, Lightroom, Premier Pro, Profoto, Speedotron, Balcar, Travel Lights, Hot lights, Kino Lights, and more.  Studio and on location set ups and accessories.
917.853.0838
info@ashlleyduarte.com
www.ashlleyduarte.com
local chicago photography assistants

Adam Biba

On sets since 2013, working on lifestyle, editorial, and loads of interior/architecture shoots. Experienced primarily with Speedotron, Profoto, White Lightning, Dynalite, and hot lights, and comfortable with Capture One, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Lives in the city with a car, and has driven passenger/cargo vans. Knows that great set etiquette and organization are key to any successful shoot.

 

715.412.3491
info@adambiba.com
www.adambiba.com

Hair and Makeup Artists

If you are a hair and makeup artist in Chicago and would like to be listed on this page, please visit this page to see what info to email.

Chicago hair and makeup artists

Karen Brody

Karen has worked on major Hollywood films like “Transformers” and “Contagion,” TV shows, music videos and a long list of print clients.  With more than 25 years experience, Karen is not only in high demand, but has also received local and national recognition for her work in publications like Time Out Chicago, Woman’s Day and Lucky magazine.

 

773.368.5567
karen@chicagomakeupartists.com
chicagomakeupartists.com

Chicago hair and makeup artists

Jenna Baltes

I am a licensed Cosmetologist in both IL and CA. I have been working with hair for more than 10 years, cutting, coloring and styling. I also do makeup. I am usually on set making people a more polished version of themselves. I enjoy doing hair and makeup for advertisements, head-shots, editorials or videos.

 

619.929.5519
jennabaltes@gmail.com
www.jennabaltes.com

Chicago hair and makeup artists

Kasha Rodig

4 years of multi-media makeup and hair experience with focus on HD video, photography and print.

 

224.715.1911
kasha@kasharodig.com
www.kasharodig.com

Chicago hair and makeup artists

Karen Lynn Accattato

Thirty years experience in motion picture, network television, print, commercials, corporate and editorial.  I specialize in natural and beauty makeup.  Proud member of Studio Mechanics Local 476 for 18 years.

 

312.802.1055
karen@karenlynnassociates.com
www.karenlynnassociates.com

freelance hair and makeup artists in chicago

Ashley Vest

Ashley has been a makeup and hair freelancer for 12 years. She grew up in the beauty industry and started doing makeup and hair while getting her B.A. in film. Ashley adores that she is able to combine her love of working behind the camera and beauty into on career. Non-union IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2236979/

630.287.0880
vest.ashley@gmail.com
www.ashleyvest.com

Hair and makeup artist in chicago

Jen Brown

With a decade of experience, Jen Brown focuses on work in Print, Commercial, Editorial and Corporate Videos. While passionate about making people feel good and being a part of a team, Jen Brown is also quick, reliable and creative. Commercial clients include Busch’s, Progressive, and Grub Hub. To see a full list of work, feel free to request a resume via email.
312.560.4712
jen.b.makeup@gmail.com
www.jenbrownmakeup.com

Wardrobe Stylists

If you are a wardrobe stylist in Chicago and would like to be listed on this page, please visit this page.

prop wardrobe stylist chicago

Heather Brooks

A fashion / wardrobe and prop stylist with more than a decade of experience in commercial advertising, editorial, print and film. After years of experience I still love what I do and strive to bring a fresh look to every set I walk on!

 

312.343.3963
hbrooksustyle@yahoo.com
www.stylistheatherbrooks.com

prop wardrobe stylist chicago

Courtney Rust

I’ve been working in the industry for 15 years.  I started as a photo assistant (5 years), stylist assistant (3 years), lead stylist for 9 years.  I work as a stylist in both print and television.

 

312.909.1589
courtney@courtneyrust.com
www.courtneyrust.com

wardrobe prop stylist chicago

Lindsey Berger

Over the last 11 years, I have taken many concepts and successfully turned them into images, videos, catalogs, advertisements, and editorial content. My talents include conceptualizing, set design, production, styling, and art direction in a wide variety of genres.

 

Lindsayeberger@gmail.com
515.988.0681
J-LProductions.com

prop stylist for photoshoot chicago

Melanie Francis

For over 20 years, Melanie Francis has been using her artistic sensibilities and resourcefulness to help tell stories. She brings creative energy and enthusiasm to each and every project, whether it’s an entire environment with costumed characters, a lifestyle shoot, or a small jewelry set. She is efficient and excels in sourcing and creating distinctive props and backgrounds.

 

mel@melaniefrancisstylist.com
312.961.5967
melaniefrancisstylist.com

chicago prop stylist wardrobe stylist

Chris Jakab

Chris Jakab is a multifaceted stylist with over 15 years experience- anything from room scenes, wardrobe styling, to styling jewelry, and luxury cosmetics for commercial advertising, catalog, print and film. Finding the perfect elusive props is her forte’. Available for photo shoots, as well as commercial and film shoots. Union member IATSE Studio Mechanics Local 476

 

773.727.8338
www.chrisjakab.com
Portfolio on Workbook

wardrobe stylist in chicago photography

Kelly Kruthaupt

I’ve been self employed in the fashion + film industry for over 15 years. That time has given me the wonderful opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of fashion styling roles within the industry, each with their own variety of skill sets; fashion editorial, print, television, film, catalog, runway, market editor; etc.

 

513.254.7046
kkruthaupt@me.com
www.kellfirefashion.com

Prop Stylists

If you are a prop stylist in Chicago and would like to be listed on this page, please visit this page.

prop stylist for photoshoot chicago

Melanie Francis

For over 20 years, Melanie Francis has been using her artistic sensibilities and resourcefulness to help tell stories. She brings creative energy and enthusiasm to each and every project, whether it’s an entire environment with costumed characters, a lifestyle shoot, or a small jewelry set. She is efficient and excels in sourcing and creating distinctive props and backgrounds.

 

mel@melaniefrancisstylist.com
312.961.5967
melaniefrancisstylist.com

prop wardrobe stylist chicago

Heather Brooks

A fashion / wardrobe and prop stylist with more than a decade of experience in commercial advertising, editorial, print and film. After years of experience I still love what I do and strive to bring a fresh look to every set I walk on!

 

312.343.3963
hbrooksustyle@yahoo.com
www.stylistheatherbrooks.com

prop stylist for photoshoot chicago

Lorrie J

15 years experience in print & film. I’ve worked as a lead stylist/art director for Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Arby’s, Dairy Queen, Jack Daniels, Trunk Club, Panera, Popeye’s…..just to name a few.  Member of local 476 studio mechanics.

 

312-493-5059
Propgirl66@gmail.com
www.lorriejstylist.com

chicago prop stylist food stylist

Johanna Lowe

Talented, calm, resourceful, James Beard winning, British born, food & prop stylist for a-list clients in Chicago and across the country. Clients include Crate & Barrel, Stephanie Izard, Conde Nast Traveller, US Foods, et al

 

312.420.0162
johannalowe@me.com
http://johannabrannanlowe.com

freelance chicago prop stylist

Lindsey Parker

I bring to set a versatile range of styling talents that come from having a B.F.A. in Photography, a Certificate in Culinary Arts  and 10 years experience in the commercial photo industry. I have the creative skills, local relationships, resources, and prop/surface collection to help seamlessly execute art direction from classic to conceptual. Clients include Crate & Barrel, CB2, Herman Miller, Target and Cooking Light Magazine.

 

312.636.8215
lp@lindseyparkerstyles.com
lindseyparkerstyles.com

chicago prop stylist wardrobe stylist

Chris Jakab

Chris Jakab is a multifaceted stylist with over 15 years experience- anything from room scenes, wardrobe styling, to styling jewelry, and luxury cosmetics for commercial advertising, catalog, print and film. Finding the perfect elusive props is her forte’. Available for photo shoots, as well as commercial and film shoots. Union member IATSE Studio Mechanics Local 476

 

773.727.8338
www.chrisjakab.com
Portfolio on Workbook

Food Stylists / Home Ec

If you are a food stylist in Chicago and would like to be listed on this page, please visit this page.

chicago food stylist

Mary Valentin

Mary’s philosophy of food in photography stems from her passion for good food. Though food styling skills are important in being able to control the effect of the food in the photograph, over-styling food sometimes kills the very thing that makes it visually beautiful, unique and appetizing. Mary draws on her experience and skill in both the visual and culinary arts to help her clients explore the possibilities and to ultimately enact their final plan.

 

773.793.9858
mary@maryvalentin.com
www.maryvalentin.com

chicago prop stylist food stylist

Johanna Lowe

Talented, calm, resourceful, James Beard winning, British born, food & prop stylist for a-list clients in Chicago and across the country. Clients include Crate & Barrel, Stephanie Izard, Conde Nast Traveller, US Foods, et al

 

312.420.0162
johannalowe@me.com
http://johannabrannanlowe.com

Location Scouts

If you are a location scout in Chicago and would like to be listed on this page, please visit this page.

Chicago Location Scout

Kate Levinson Locations, Inc

Kate Levinson Locations, Inc is a Chicago-based location scouting and management company specializing in residential and commercial locations for still photography and video.  Local, National and international scouting services available. We LIVE to be explorers and detectives.

 

847.602.0701
kate@levinsonlocations.com
www.levinsonlocations.com

Production Assistants / PA

If you are a production assistant in Chicago and would like to be listed on this page, please visit this page.

Clare Britt

Problem solver, calm under pressure, quick study, team player, service oriented, sense of urgency, take care of business work ethic. Experienced Photographer, ten years photographing events and museum collections. Work with Canon, Phase One, Profoto, Broncolor, CaptureOne, LightRoom, Bridge, Photoshop.

 

312.505.9260
clare@clarebritt.com
www.clarebrittphoto.com

Praise

For production assistance Clare Britt is your gal!   She is detail oriented, adaptable to last minute changes, able to give and take direction.  An energetic, go getter,  power house.

Susan Kezon, Photographer

freelance photo assistant in chicago

Mike Hammond

Photo assistant for 2 years working with Canon, Hasselblad, Phase One, Pro Foto, Broncolor and Speedotron.

 

216.280.9143
mikekhammondphoto@gmail.com
mikekhammond.net

Alex Friedland

With 2+ years of experience in the photo industry I pride myself on being detail oriented, easily adaptable, a creative problem solver and a bit of an organization freak. I have a car and I am happy to use it on jobs!

 

630.234.3299
alex@alexfriedland.net
www.alexfriedland.net

Praise

Alex is able able to pick up any task at hand and make it look effortless. He’s hardworking, detail oriented, driven, organized and is a great problem solver.

 

Stephanie Garcia, Producer

photography assistant in chicago

Will Nunnally

I’ve worked as a photo and production assistant and produced documentary photos and video using Lightroom, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere and After Effects and Final Cut Pro. I speak Spanish and have a passport and car.

 

757.660.9256
w.nunnally@gmail.com
www.willnunnally.com