Gary V. Shap: fine art  photography - click here for contact info about the photographer



Fascinated by photography his whole life, Gary Shap got serious about his passion in 1985 when he bought his first professional camera. He is an environmental biologist by education and his hikes through the prairies, woods and marshlands of his native Illinois and neighboring Wisconsin provided his first portraiture subjects. He filled his portfolio with images of landscapes, both lush and sparse, as well as macro shots of the wildflowers, prairie grasses and insects indigenous to the region. When he moved to Chicago, his focus shifted as he became enamored of the city and its cityscapes. From the dazzling lights of Chicago at night to the gritty reality of its meatpacking district, Gary captured the city’s many facets on film. He began to add alternative processes – such as pinhole, infrared & emulsion transfer – to his portfolio and, in the late 90’s, began building his digital studio. During this period, he also moved into fashion and commercial photography and, ultimately, portraiture.

Today, Gary draws from all this experience and expertise to capture the spirit and beauty of each client he is commissioned to photograph. He specializes in on-location shooting, and shoots in a variety of formats – digital, large and medium film, as well as the alternative processes. As a result, he customizes each client’s session and provides them with a truly unique and personal portfolio. You can see more of Gary’s work at:

One Model Place
NAPP Portfolio
Creative Images & Model Management

Gary also has a large collection of images available for stock use or for home and office decor. Please contact him at:


Learn more about Gary on his blog:


National Association of Photoshop Professionals National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)
Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)
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Gary Shap is an on location portrait and commercial photographer. While primarily serving Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, he has clients throughout the world. If you wish to commission Gary for your next portrait session or for your home/office wall decor, please contact him at 630-587-1369 or 312-543-2087 or by e-mail at

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