Chicago photographer & director John Gress has spent his career with one foot in two different realms of photography: commercial and editorial. As if that wasn’t enough, he has now begun to direct music videos, commercials and corporate documentaries. His unique resume has allowed him to develop a dynamic style that produces striking visuals whether they are produced in the real world or in studio.
As a commercial photographer, Gress has worked on advertising and public relations campaigns for many Fortune 500 companies. His clients and marketed brands have included Airborne, Avon, Ben & Jerry’s, Best Buy, Burger King, Chrysler, Cialis, Clairol, Dodge, ESPN, Hyatt Hotels, Hershey, Hyundai, Lexus, Lufthansa, Mattel, Merck, Microsoft, Midas, Miller Coors, Nabisco, Nike, Ocean Spray, Reebok, S.C. Johnson, Sam Adams. Film and video clients have included Hyatt Hotels, Justus Clothing, various recording artists and NPR.
Chicago Photographer Gress’ work as a photojournalist has appeared in major publications around the world, including Der Spiegel, Le Monde, Time, The New York Times, The Times of London, The Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated. His assignments have included the 2010 Stanley Cup, the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, the 2007 Southern California wildfires, the 2006 Super Bowl, and the 2005 World Series. In 2007, he was named a finalist for the National Press Photographers Association’s The Best of Photojournalism Sports Photojournalist of the Year competition.
Gress Also enjoys shooting all types wedding ceremonies, parties, celebrations, receptions, and portraits in Chicago, Illinois and across the Midwest. When Marriage Equality became law Gress became a favorite of the gay community, but he has been a photographer for traditional and non traditional weddings for almost two decades.
He’s an expert portrait Chicago Wedding photographer and he loves capturing candid, photojournalistic images of couples & their guests during the private emotional moments and during the public cornerstone moments that make each wedding day special. Other Chicago wedding photographers claim to be wedding photojournalists, but Gress has had his work published in periodicals around the world.
While other Chicago wedding photographers take weeks and months to deliver images to their clients, Gress will send you a gallery link within days of the wedding.