I started Brian McConkeky Photography in 1992 doing Actor Headshots. I’ve photographed over 250,000 actors in my 25 year career. Some actors I photographed early in their careers include Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Michael Shannon, Seth Meyers, Nick Offerman, Pat Healy and Allison Tolman. I love working with actors.

Your Actor Headshot opens many doors in helping you get noticed as an actor, as well as get auditions that start your acting career.

There’s no one else like you and every casting person wants to see you look like your picture when you walk into that audition room. I want to play a part in making that happen.

Please check out my Testimonials Page to read about what working actors, teachers, agents and casting associates in your field think of my work.

“The headshot is the actor’s most important tool – and one of the biggest investments an actor makes. It’s invaluable to not just get it right, but get it great. Brian’s experience and expertise are unmatched in Chicago and I especially appreciate his humor, creativity, and responsiveness before, during and after the shoot. I’ve trusted him with my pictures for over 20 years, what more can I say?”
-Janelle Snow, Acting teacher at DePaul, The Acting Studio, TV, film and theatre actor all over town with Goodman, Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, American Theatre Company, Eclipse, etc….

“Brian is a consummate host, setting his subject at ease with music and atmosphere, to get a killer shot. He actually once made me look handsome! 1994, look it up.”
-Nick Offerman, Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation, actor, writer, comic

“When I look back 20 years, Brian McConkey captured the essence of who I was at a time I was new to the business. That was essential in beginning the career I’m still proud to have this day.”
-Pat Healy, Actor in Cheap Thrills, Actor in Cheap Thrills, Rescue Dawn, Magnolia, Ghost World, The Innkeepers, etc..

“Ask anyone where to get your headshots done in Chicago and invariably Brian’s name is at the top of the list. Willing to work until you’re happy, and shoot whatever off the cuff idea either of you come up with that might be interesting- working with him is a true collaborative effort. Brian has a long standing reputation as of the one the best headshot photographers in Chicago for one simple reason- he remains one of the best headshot photographers in Chicago.”
-Allison Tolman, Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actor in Fargo.