2017 Prairie Ridge High School Senior Portraits | Ashlie Garner

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In the dead heat of summer, Ashlie donned a leather jacket and scarf and managed to play it cool. I was sweating buckets, but she rocked the fall look flawlessly! We had a great time shooting her senior portraits at Veteran Acres in Crystal Lake, and her sister was quite the assistant—I put her to work holding the reflector and she did great!

For the second half of our senior session we shot at my Bull Valley farm location with two different outfits. As expected, the location was perfect for high contrast portraits, gently lit by the setting sun. Ashlie was great at posing and trusted my direction, which made for some awesome portraits. Great job, Ashlie!

2017 Fall senior sessions are filling fast! Book yours today by contacting me!

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September 24th, 2016|Senior Portraits|0 Comments

SYNC Magazine Editorial Photoshoot | Crystal Lake

Sync Magazine, portrait by Ryan Klos

I was recently asked to shoot editorial portraits of Al Butler, the chief information officer at McHenry County College, for SYNC Magazine. The portraits were for an article highlighting the CIO and his work on the college’s ERP system.

I envisioned portraits with an edgy look and a little drama instead of run-of-the-mill business portraits (not that there’s anything wrong with corporate or business headshots). Since Al is a tech guy, we shot in the college’s server room, a Mac classroom, and a few other locations to match the content of the article.

You can see which photo the photo editor at SYNC Magazine chose, and here are some of the other options I shot which he didn’t. We made some very cool portraits that Al and I were very happy with.

Interested in your own creative headshots for professional uses? Get in touch with me!

 

Business headshots for Sync magazine, by Ryan Klos

 

Business headshots for Sync magazine, by Ryan Klos

 

Business headshots for Sync magazine, by Ryan Klos

April 14th, 2016|Headshots|0 Comments

2015 McHenry East High School Senior | Maggie Garrity

Maggie Garrity McHenry East Sr. Model 2015

Maggie is my 2015 McHenry East high school senior model. We had a great time shooting her model portraits and ended up with some outstanding final senior portraits. She’s a willing model with a can-do attitude who was up for anything—even lying in the weeds. Albeit pretty weeds. We photographed her session at a Bull Valley Farm location in the early spring.

 
McHenry East Senior Portraits by Ryan Klos

 
McHenry East Senior Portraits by Ryan Klos

 
McHenry East Senior Portraits by Ryan Klos

 
McHenry East Senior Portraits by Ryan Klos

 
McHenry East Senior Portraits by Ryan Klos

 
McHenry East Senior Portraits by Ryan Klos

February 17th, 2016|Senior Portraits|0 Comments

2015 Crystal Lake Central High School Senior | Sarah Klos

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Full disclosure: Sarah is my niece. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing her many times over the years and it’s been fun to watch her grow and change, and make so many positive strides and accomplishments over the years. Last fall she headed off to college in Michigan—hard to believe it’s already time for that next step.

We had a lot of fun shooting Sarah’s portraits. Not only is she a smart and beautiful young woman, she ran hurdles at Crystal Lake Central and so of course it was appropriate to capture this part of her high school career. She’s also getting quite good with a camera—we should have incorporated photography into this shoot.

Sarah and a friend shaved their heads for St. Baldrick’s in the spring of 2015, so we had an opportunity to make some cool before and after photos. I love her look with the shaved head. There’s a vulnerability that shows, but also strength and confidence, which I believe are more evident.

Congrats on all you’ve accomplished, Sarah. I’m proud of you! I can’t wait to see where your next steps lead!

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February 7th, 2016|Senior Portraits|0 Comments

2015 Prairie Ridge Senior | Michael Linder

Prairie Ridge Senior Portraits by Ryan Klos

Often, guys are hesitant to get their senior portraits made. Maybe they’re just apathetic. Many times they do it just so mom will stop asking. Michael wasn’t super excited to do his portraits either, but he humored us and even ended up managing to enjoy himself by the end. Over all he and his mom are both very happy with our session—and so am I. We shot on the Woodstock square and Emricson Park for two different looks and captured some genuine smiles and senior portraits worth hanging on the wall.

Prairie Ridge Senior Portraits by Ryan Klos

Prairie Ridge Senior Portraits by Ryan Klos

Prairie Ridge Senior Portraits by Ryan Klos

September 10th, 2015|Senior Portraits|0 Comments

Pageant Headshots | Allison Royer

Pageant Headshots by Ryan Klos

I first met Allison in 2014 when her mom contacted me about doing headshots for a pageant Allison was entering. We got together and had a lot of fun shooting two hours worth of headshots in ideally warm summer light.

The photos turned out great, but what stuck with me was how much fun we had. Allison was up for trying anything, even if we weren’t sure the end result would be quite what we expected. It always makes a session more fun when my clients are willing to experiment a little.

But here’s the most important part: As a result of my headshots, Allison took third place in the Ms. Photogenic portion of the pageant! How awesome is that? I’m honored to have been a part of that.

Fast forward one year and we’re doing headshots for the pageant again. This time we shot on the Woodstock square for an urban look and feel vs. the farm as with her 2014 headshot portrait session. And agin, the results were stunning thanks to Allison’s radiant smile and confidence in front of the camera. Best of luck this year, Allison!

Pageant Headshots by Ryan Klos

Pageant Headshots by Ryan Klos

Pageant Headshots by Ryan Klos

Pageant Headshots by Ryan Klos

July 29th, 2015|Headshots|0 Comments