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"Seasoned, competent and well liked. John has been on the scene as long as I can remember. A high profile photographer who has also donated his expertise to numerous charitable groups.” 

   Suzanne Green, M.A. Architecture, Associate AIA


John, My year as President of the AOA will be over in 92 days...but the best photograph I have ever seen of myself was the one you took for my President-Elect Photo. I should only look that good again...thanks and hope all is well and congrats on the new studio!!

   Robert Juhasz, DO, FACOI, FACP


“My firm adores working with John and his team. We always know that when John Reilly Photography takes photos for our clients that they will look like a million bucks and get picked up in publications. We are confident in recommending John's work and plan to continue to work together.”

   Karolyn Raphael


“John Reilly is a great photographer. I have used him on many occasions, and have always been more than satisfied. John is easy to work with, and has a deep knowledge of his craft.His expertise provides great value, and I recommend him without reservation.” 

   Jay Hambleton

"John - your professionalism, your talents and your team combine to create "best moments" in my life - not for the retouching, not for the framing - but for simply finding me."

   Laura Schwartz, Professional Speaker, Author, Television Commentator, Former White House Director of Events for President Clinton


"Walking around his studio you can bear witness to the level of professionalism you should expect from John Reilly."

   Tray Applegate, Chicago


“Excited” does not even begin to articulate our sentiments regarding this year’s roster. You have captured each of our models in a way that is breathtaking and beautiful.

   Rush Medical Center

“An absolutely brilliant photographer. You can't go wrong hiring John. His quality of work is always top notch. From photographing in his studio to various locations, such as in Egypt, he brings a special touch to his subjects, which ultimately creates amazing images. He's a wonderful person and his work is a glowing reflection of his personality.”

   Sheri Whitko, President/Owner, Whitko Photography


"Many thanks for making the experience today a fascinating and comfortable one. I appreciated getting to know you a bit, and very much admire your process - and your patience with my vanity."



"WOW!  What a pleasure it was to meet and work with you yesterday!   In case you couldn’t tell, this was my first photo shoot, and I can’t thank you enough for your helpful tips and doing your best to make me comfortable.  You are the true definition of a professional and it was an honor to work with you.  You and your staff made me feel like a million bucks!"



“I highly recommend John Reilly. I have had the pleasure to work with John Reilly on numerous non-profit projects at the Lincoln Park Zoo and Parkways Foundation. I have know John and his wife Myra for over 10 years.
John Reilly’s photographs embody strength interconnected with fragility and a sense of determination and survival even amongst devastation, loss, loneliness, and fear.
John Reilly prefers to describe his style as his “creative and humanistic journey through life; my way of living, and interacting with "everyday" life and creativity.”
The union between John and his model/client/ subject produces a sensuously/sensual image raised to a quality of beauty and intensity of emotion. John is a master at portraying attitude, mood, body language, energy, and personality. Each of John’s photos is mastered within an eloquent framework of trust, honesty, and emotion between John and his model/client/subject .
John aims to draw out each models'/clients'/subjects' own eloquent soul and sexuality in a straightforward, and personal way. John Reilly’s portraits bring forth the true inter radiance of his subjects. Most importantly, a stylized "glamour" or sensual portrait, that few photographers can replicate, in terms of sophisticated lighting, and posing.” 

   Denise Ashurst, General Member 2008-present/Co-Chair GALApalooza 2009, Parkways Foundation


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