How We’re Different

  • You can do it your way.
  • You’ll get the coaching to help you do your best.
  • You won’t have to sweat the details.
  • You’ll be able to project your best looks.
  • I’ll help you feel relaxed and able to get over feelings that hold you back.
  • You’ll never be rushed!
  • Your retouched image will make you and your headshot look attractive without looking retouched.
  • You’ll get your proofs & images back faster.
  • You won’t have to pay unaffordable fees.
Partner in law firm

John is extremely talented and will make you look your best. I typically do not like photos of myself, but I love the final photo John produced. He truly is an artist. I would recommend him to anyone seeking a high-quality photo!
Peter O.


Working with John was fantastic. He was friendly, very experienced, and made the entire process incredibly quick and easy. 10/10 would highly recommend.
Colin A.


Great work, very happy with my head shot.
Gloria S.

Very quick responses, portfolio included shots similar to what I had in mind, and what I needed was offered within my budget.
Nichole S.

I had a great experience working with John today. He is very passionate about what he is doing and he made sure that the results will be exactly what I was hoping for!
Ekaterina R.

John has been so pleasant and professional from the first min
I’d definitely recommend him to anyone looking to get great professional pics.
Ahmed H.

Amazing experience, really good pictures!
Nivedita S.


My Approach

If you have a lot of experience doing actor headshots and always find it easy to nail the right look, you can let your grandmother take the shot. It will probably be fine.

But, if like most people and all beginners, you have worries, doubts, and insecurities, you should probably let me help. I’ve done this many times in Chicago, NYC, and LA. My subjects have ranged from a few months old to septuagenarians, introverts and extroverts. All kinds of people.

I almost never find someone I can’t relate to. I can almost always find a way to get through, calm them, and set them on the path to delivering a successful, confident, and effective headshot. Your friend and your grandma might not be able to do that. The professional headshot shooter with a lot of experience but a shortage of patience might also not be able to do that. That’s where I come in. I alone can fix it. (Just kidding!)

About style and format. I’ve talked to many coaches, agents, and actors. Everyone has an idea of how the shot should look. I don’t really care, just as long as it is an excellent shot. So I’m willing to do it to your specs. Vertical or horizontal, tight crop or loose crop, studio or location, borders or no-borders, etc. There are always fashions in how to present headshots. I’ve been doing this over 30 years, and I’ve seen them come and go. Just tell me what you or your coach want, and we’ll prepare it that way. If you have a certain style of lighting or posing you like, just let me know, and that’s the way we’ll do it. I’m flexible about everything except quality.

Make an Appointment or Ask a Question

tel. 312.399.6342


John Manning Photography

Studio: 180 N. LaSalle St., Suite 3700

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