Professional Headshots in Chicago

July 24, 2018 Headshots, Portraits

It’s picture day!

Update your photo with a fresh new professional headshot today!

One Day Photoshoot Only! 

Are you a business professional, comedian, muscian, artist, dancer, entrepreneur, blogger in the Chicago area? Then today is your day. Everybody wants to present their best selves to the world, what better way to achieve this then through a professional photography session at a reasonable price.

Click to Book your professional headshot Today!

or call us direct at +1 773-273-9063 and reference this page.

Professional Headshots in Chicago.

LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Bumble…whatever the reason (we don’t judge), stand out with a new professional headshot today. Local Chicago photography studio in the heart of the city.

30 minute photography sessions

5 retouched high-res digital images

Aug. 5th, 2018

$199.00

Call Magie at +1 (773) 273-9063 or email her directly at info@revealed-studios.com and use ‘Professional Headshots in Chicago’  the subject line with your name and number and we’ll get back to you to schedule your session for the 5th of August 2018. You can also use our online form too – don’t wait book your professional headshots today!


Spotlight on our Makeup Artists: Anjelica Bannos

June 30, 2017 Boudoir, Portraits

Continuing our series, today’s spotlight is on makeup artist Anjelica Bannos

Anjelica Bannos came into our lives a few years back when my husband (Maggie here) worked with her while she was the early morning makeup artist at NBC Chicago. One shoot with her and we were totally smitten.

Anjelica has a laid back demeanor that immediately makes you feel like you’re with a best friend. She does a stunning smokey eye and is always up for a good challenge.

Check out Anjelica’s Chicago makeup artist website and make sure to follow her on Instagram here.

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Forget the flowers, she’ll cherish this gift forever

May 19, 2017 Portraits, Uncategorized

Mother’s Day Portrait Sessions

Hey, did you hear? Our sister company, Revealed Portraits is offering a Mother’s Day Portrait Special to celebrate the unique love between mother and child.

The Perfect Gift for Any Mom in Your Life

This is a wonderful opportunity to make any mother in your life feel special. Whether a new mom or grandmother, let her feel seen and appreciated this year. These portraits will be treasured keepsakes to share for generations to come.

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Mother’s Day Photo Shoot Includes:

Time for mom individually and with child(ren)
Complimentary matted 8 x 12 fine art print
$199

Optional Hair and Makeup
$75
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Celebrate Her this Year

“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.”
Jessica Lange”

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Gift Cards Available

Purchase your gift card today or book your session by contacting us at info@revealed-studios.com or call 773-273-9063

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Portrait Session with Jenny Milkowski

December 15, 2016 Portraits

Jenny Milkowski Portrait Photoshoot

Meet Jenny Milkowski (aka Jenny Milk) of Fox Chicago. She is one helluva lady-just thinking about everything she does makes me tired…morning traffic reporter (1am wake up for work), writer, comedian, mother to two cats, and even a bit of a computer wiz, designing and building her own websites.

We had so much fun a few weeks ago taking all new photos for her website and social media, with four different looks and a couple of specialty props (eh hem, one of those cats I mentioned even made an appearance.) From what I can tell, she’s got endless energy and a super impressive make it happen attitude. We loved getting to know her and are excited to see what the future holds for her.

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Real Women of Revealed Feature: Freedom After a Controlling Relationship

THE DECISION TO LEAVE WAS A HARD ONE, BUT HEALTHY ONE

In our latest feature for our Real Women of Revealed Series, Courtney S. shares how walking away from her marriage was one of the hardest things she’s ever done, but also the healthiest, leading to freedom after a controlling relationship.


The first thing you notice about Courtney is her vibrant red hair, followed closely by her raspy, unbridled laugh. Spend just ten minutes with her, and you’ll feel like you’re old friends. She is uninhibited, spunky, and the perfect amount of inappropriate. chicago beauty photos (6)

It’s hard to picture, but less than two years ago, this ball of fire felt trapped in an unhealthy relationship, yearning to get out.

Back then she was like a faded version of herself, self-conscious of every action, filtering what she said and how she moved for fear of critique from her husband. 

When I finally stepped outside of it, I realized, this is not me and I’m becoming a part of something that I don’t believe in.

Her breaking point came when during a trip they took with friends, someone asked,  ‘how can you be with someone so verbally and mentally abusive?”

chicago-portrait-photography-_0012At the time, so used to living with her every move questioned, hearing an outsider make note of his controlling behavior struck like an ember to her skin.

I thought, “Oh my God, other people know? I’m not the one creating these problems, the anger, the unpleasantness. And then when I finally stepped outside of it, I realized this is not me. I’m becoming part of something I don’t believe in.”

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Courtney says, it’s like this experience, “When you see yourself from a different view. I didn’t even realize what had happened in that relationship until other people had said them to me.” 

“I was going to be 30 and in my head, I kept saying, I’m not going to be 30 and still doing this. I can’t. Thirty is going to be for me. I can’t let this person run my life and tell me what I’m gonna be.”

HOW SHE SURVIVED THE DIVORCE

When Courtney told her husband she was leaving, she said she felt relief and a sense of freedom. Still, there were days she was weepy and emotional, and others where she thought she could climb a mountain. It was a roller coaster of emotions. All of a sudden she was on her own again.  She felt fear about the unknown, but when it came down to it, she knew she’d figure it out. “You have to.”

THE AFTERMATH

Over the last year and a half, she slowly reconnected with herself.  While with her ex-husband, they lived in a dark, garden apartment that felt like a dungeon to her. Now she has a third floor unit with lots of windows.  “I’m obsessed with light. [The lack of light] is very signifying of our relationship.”

After feeling like everything was held over her, being able to say, “this is me ,” was a significant change. “My whole wall was all Ani Difranco posters and the girliest shi*t I could have.”

chicago beauty photos (18)She did a lot of journaling and focused on letting go of the guilt she carried with her after leaving.

My mom said, I never realized how unhappy you were until I saw how happy you are now.

Slowly but eventually, the vibrant Courtney you see in these pictures began to take shape. She came to realize that I’m a lot stronger than I thought I was. Just to be myself is freeing in a lot of ways. I’m going to be sensitive, I’m going to cry, and that’s ok. It’s very freeing to just be able to be you.”
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For any other woman struggling in an unhealthy relationship, Courtney says the best thing you can do is go with your gut. If it’s telling you something’s not right, there’s a reason.  The other side of your brain might be saying ‘no, it’s ok…’ and sometimes things are good on paper, but if you’re feeling it, there’s a reason.”


She knows other women might feel like they’re letting themselves or other people down by leaving, but “They’re gonna love you no matter what you do.”


When asked what the experience of being photographed was like, “it’s symbolic that you start fully clothed, and slowly you take off a little more and become a little more comfortable. You shed a little of your outer shell, protective barrier and by the end you feel like you.”

We’re so happy to feature Courtney as part of our on-going series, Real Women of Revealed -a collection of photos and stories of inspirational women we feel exemplify beauty beyond appearance. Click here to see more from this series.

 


Introducing Elizabeth Nord

January 19, 2016 Headshots, Portraits

Meet interim shooter, Elizabeth Nord

Starting in February, I’ll be taking a bit of a break from shooting to welcome home (God willing) our newborn son.  While off, I’m so grateful to have the lovely Elizabeth Nord filling in on shoots.
Elizabeth NordLiz is sweet as pie and a beautiful shooter.  Born and raised in Tennessee, her slight accent will charm you instantly.  Read on to learn a little more about Liz…
“I was married to my high school sweetheart in 2009 and since then we’ve moved from Jackson to Nashville to Knoxville, TN, to Gainesville, FL, and finally to Chicago, IL.  We’ve been in Chicago for a little over a year now and we’ve fell head over heels in love with this city. We feel right at home here!
I have a burning passion for photography, specifically weddings and boudoir.  I am so fortunate to follow my dreams as a full time photographer and am loving every minute of it! I am an energetic, dedicated, and creative photographer that looks at every detail to make sure you look your absolute best.  I love to laugh and have fun, so when you’re shooting with me you’ll not only leave with a smile on your face, but an amazing experience. I see beauty in every single one of you, and I can’t wait to share that through my work.
Here are some reviews from past boudoir clients:
I never thought in my entire lifetime I would ever be doing a boudoir photo shoot! One of my friends had it done last year before her wedding which had me thinking about doing it myself! After a lot of searching I found Elizabeth’s website and I’m so glad I did. I contacted her with questions about the shoot and she suggested meeting. At our meeting she covered everything I needed to know and after meeting her I was already excited about the shoot. There was never a time in the waiting period before my shoot that I couldn’t contact her and she would get right back with me. She even let me send her pictures of things I was thinking of bringing with me just to make sure it would be okay. The day of the shoot I was SO excited, but as I was having my makeup done in the hotel room the nerves set in. She assured me it would be fine and we would just have a fun day. Upon coming out of the bathroom in my first ‘outfit’ I felt very shy and awkward. However, after only one pose, she had me laughing and having fun and it was almost like I completely ‘forgot’ to be self-conscious. I have never felt as comfortable in front of the camera as I did with her. She was always sure to ask me if it was okay to do a pose this way or that way, just to make sure I was comfortable. She also made sure there wasn’t anything else I wanted to do before we ended the shoot. She showed me one image on her camera screen before we left and although it was not edited yet in any way, I already couldn’t believe that was me. Now that I have seen my photos, my self-confidence has shot up. I never, ever, ever knew I was that beautiful. If you are contemplating doing these photos, I highly suggest using Elizabeth. You will not regret it. Thank you Liz for everything you have done! You are absolutely wonderful!  – Brittany
 
It’s hard to find the words to describe how wonderful my boudoir session was. I was no nervous, scared, intimidated by the thought (at 54 years old it comes with the territory!) and you took all that away! I have never felt more beautiful! I am so thankful I had the session with you and want to encourage all women to have one! I never realized how much I needed the encouragement about myself, and I walked away feeling gorgeous! I’m so excited about surprising my husband with the beautiful album of your art work (made of his wife)! Liz is gifted beyond words, not only as a photographer, but in making someone feel comfortable and beautiful. Thank you again for such an amazing experience!   -Jillian

 


Introducing Maria Ponce

January 19, 2016 Portraits

Meet interim shooter, Maria Ponce

While on maternity leave, starting in February, I am thankful to have two amazing photographers, Elizabeth Nord and Maria Ponce, filling in for me.

Maria is an incredible portrait photographer and wonderful human being.   Her portfolio includes Martha Stewart, Sophia Bush, Giuliana Rancic, Joe Manganiello, The Chicago Bulls, and many more.  You can see examples of her photography at www.poncephotography.com

Maria-soft smileI feel grateful to share a common love of photography with Maria.  Anyone who’s on the other side of her lens is very lucky. She makes EVERYONE look amazing!

 


Confidence inspiring fine art nude photo shoot

When I opened the door to the studio at 4:45 am, I was greeted by a beautiful, smiling face, sitting before me. Having also just arrived, Sherhara was makeup free, but despite the early morning hours, already radiant. “Hi!” She said, with cheerful energy.

“Good morning.” I replied back. “It’s so nice to finally meet you!”

I’d been hearing about Sherhara for months after she showed up to support a friend during her boudoir session.  I was out of town at the time at the time, but Laurie and Kelly raved all about her great energy. Still, I was a little nervous coming in to this shoot. I was meeting her for the first time while also venturing into new territory with an outdoor fine art nude photo shoot. Boudoir is already a vulnerable feat for many, and this was taking it two steps further-baring it all out in the open.

My concerns dissipated within minutes. Sherhara was the perfect person to collaborate on this experience. We wanted the shoot to be a celebration of the female form through tasteful, artful imagery. As a professional who specializes in coaching confidence, Sherhara really connected with the message.

While taking her picture, I felt a strong feminine energy radiate from her as she shifted gracefully through different movements. At one point, while the sun crested the horizon, Sherhara stretched her arms out toward the water in a maternal-like posture that touched me deeply, as my own son-to-be grew in my womb.

In our next series of images from the shoot, Sherhara answers questions about the experience, what inspired her to bare all, and more about her personal journey to loving herself.



Real Women of Revealed Feature: Dr. Sandy Goldberg

Celebrating a woman who champions other women

Known as “Aunt Sandy” to many, A Silver Lining Foundation Founder Dr. Sandy Goldberg is dedicated to providing free mammograms to women who can’t afford them.

In 2000, Dr. Sandy was told she had breast cancer and would need surgery immediately. As a contributor on nutrition for NBC Chicago, she had the unique opportunity to share her experience with thousands of viewers in what became an intimate documentation of her 14-month journey treating and–ultimately– surviving breast cancer.

During that time, she received countless calls from strangers going through a similar experience, only without the financial means to receive the same level of care. Dr. Sandy became the point person to many, offering advice and a compassionate ear to those who couldn’t afford top-of-the-line care. After one day full of these calls, she returned home and burst into tears at the disparity between others’ treatment and her own. Her husband (a straight-talker!) said “what are you going to do about it?”

Her answer: “start a foundation.” And that’s how A Silver Lining Foundation (ASLF) was born.

Dr. Sandy’s mother was an immigrant to America from Russia and each month, when it came time to pay the bills, set aside a portion for others. She always heard her mom say in Yiddish, “we’re all family. We have to help each other through the tough times.” This way of thinking stuck with Dr. Sandy and eventually became the philosophy behind ASLF.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we are honored to feature Dr. Sandy as a Real Woman of Revealed. Like many of our own mothers, she’s an example of someone with a fountain of beauty streaming from her heart that nourishes those around her.

This Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating Dr. Sandy and A Silver Lining Foundation by partnering with The Hue Studio to raise money for ASLF’s Buy a Mom a Mammogram® Program. Revealed will be donating 25% of all proceeds from any Mother’s Day photo shoot to this important cause. We hope this gives you another reason to pamper your mother this year with a makeover and photoshoot. You can even jump in the pictures with your mom to capture the moment together. Know your gift will help a great cause, because like Dr. Sandy believes, we’re all family.

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A Silver Lining Foundation Founder Dr. Sandy Goldberg feature is part of our on-going series, Real Women of Revealed -a collection of photos and stories of inspirational women we feel exemplify beauty beyond appearance. Click here to see more from this series.


Maggie Rife Ponce Photographer and Studio Owner

April 7, 2015 Beauty, Portraits, Women Power

Boudoir Photography by Maggie Rife Ponce of Revealed Studios

Photography to Maggie is like breathing to the rest of us. Without it, Maggie isn’t Maggie. 

With the camera representing her arms, it’s as if Maggie wants to give everyone and everything she captures a warm gigantic hug.  Her sensitivity toward others in her photography and life is finely-tuned because she genuinely loves people. 

The Jack Kerouac quote from On the Road always reminds me of Maggie’s wonderful assortment of friends, and her love of golden slivers of light illuminating tender moments. 

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a common place thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”

Maggie’s enthusiasm for photography and people is catching. She’s a “light hound” in that she always sees where the interesting and perfect light is for her subjects. A true technician, she’ll work a scene until the light, angles and pose are perfect. She’ll spend hours researching inspirations for a shoot.

Maggie writes the best notes and letters that make you feel utterly loved and cherished. She loves to dance and makes delicious chicken tortilla soup. She’s traveled the world and works with two other amazing artists on the Connection Art Project, as well as studied photo journalism at the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism.

As a business partner, I respect the hell out of her. As a friend, I love her. While we speak the same creative language—a true rarity—we continue to challenge each other to be better communicators, business owners and people. I am a better person because I know Maggie.

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