About The Headshot Spotâ„¢

HeadShot Spot™ Offers

Executive Portraits at Your Chicagoland Office!

Meeting/Convention Planners Click Here


Attorneys ~ Accountants ~ Hospitals ~

Sales Forces ~ Medical Offices ~

Real Estate Teams ~ Marketing ~ 

Staffing ~ Architects ~ Your Company!


The HeadShot Spot™ takes the stress out of your corporate portraits!



Why Does YOUR Company NEED Professional Headshots?



If your employees don’t have a good portrait, you’re not leaving a good first impression with potential clients or business partners. These people need to know that you are three things: friendly, trustworthy, and professional. What better way to demonstrate that than through an amazing profile photo?


It doesn’t matter what is written in a profile, no one is going to take you seriously if the photo has been taken by an amateur...



What can I do with my professional portrait?








We Make Your Head Shots Fun!




Use The HeadShot Spot™ To Increase Your Customer Base


Ready to set up a HeadShot Spot™? Call us at 630-528-0497 or email us now!

For some samples, click here, or Read what our clients have to say...


 Use The HeadShot Spot™ at Your Next Meeting, Convention or Expo, and INCREASE YOUR REVENUE!




The HeadShot Spot™ is owned and operated by Neil Gates Photography, which was established in 1998. Neil loves all kinds of photography, but says that the HeadShot Spot™ is just a ton of fun! "We strive to capture the perfect portrait. If someone doesn't like what we've got, we'll just keep going until we have a winner! We know that taking photographs is like going to the dentist for some...and we want you to be thrilled with your portrait, not just happy. We also want the experience to be a fun one, and the makeup and music really help with that..." - Neil Gates


Call or email now... We'll have a great time!


Meetings and Shows


Your search for event business headshot photographers stops here...


Imagine a booth that is full of life, great music, makeup artists and headshot photographers... 

Welcome to the HeadShot Spot™, a HUGE crowd pleaser at conventions and meetings! Attendees and sponsors LOVE us!


Winter Special!


Book Your HeadShot Spot in February, and get 2016's Prices! 

Offer Ends on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST



Click Here to Find Out How to MAKE MONEY by Offering HeadShots at Your Show!




Everyone Needs A Great Social Media Portrait!


Professional business headshot photographers from The Headshot Spot™ are available to surprise and delight your guests with a gift they’ll value, talk about and appreciate: a flattering headshot. The Headshot Spot™ is an ideal place for folks to mingle and network, creating goodwill among attendees and maximum exposure for sponsors, including:


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A value-added service, The Headshot Spot™ includes professional makeup artists and business headshot photographers who give event attendees star treatment to ensure they’re captured at their best on camera.

On the spot, guests will receive digital files of their business headshots, which they may use at work, in their social media profiles and anywhere they require a professional photo of themselves. Once they receive their headshot, your sponsors will realize their return on investment when the “thank-yous” pour in!

Contact us to request a business headshot photography quote for your next event, and see a photo gallery of our work.


The HeadShot Spot Starts at $2495


Call or email now... We promise you a fantastic time!

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The HeadShot Spot™ is located in Chicagoland, but travels internationally





Make Money With HeadShots at Your Show!

How To CREATE REVENUE With HeadShots!


Meeting Planners...This is for YOU!


Offering FREE headshots to all those attending your show is a HUGE gift!

Attendees will fall over backward thanking you! They just won't believe that they received this service at absolutely no cost to them!


Everyone Needs a Great Social Media Portrait!


Generally speaking, getting a headshot takes effort; in fact, it's just completely taxing... First, you have to find a photographer in your area that specializes in that type. That's a lot harder than you might think! Then, you have to carve out the time to do it. On top of that, is the cost. Your average headshot, (that's without a makeup artist, I might add) is upwards up $150, and sometimes more.


As a meeting planner, you are always trying to come up with new ideas, and this is one that has been proven over and over again. PLUS, you can MAKE MONEY!



People like getting free things, and when you give them something that they actually can use, they LOVE it!


It's All About The Experience, Right?

Hopefully, you have read by now that we bring in the best in portrait photographers, as well as the most professional and friendly makeup artists from all over the country!

The HeadShot Spot™ can be as basic or elaborate as you would like. Some like to bring in couches, chairs with charging ports, and even a bar at happy hour time! The most successful Spots are the ones that people can just hang out at.

Attendees will be pampered. Let me stop there. Pampered... when do they ever get pampered? And, don't think this is just for the ladies; men love it too! They may not tell all their friends, but they enjoy it, trust me!

While people are in line, getting their makeup or having their portrait made, The HeadShot Spot™ is also playing "DJ"! Yes, we make sure that the Spot is lively and full of energy with our huge selection and variety of music. This is one of the things that attendees comment on ALL the time! We've even seen people sing and dance!


Let's Get to the "Make Money" Part!

So, You love the idea of having a HeadShot Spot™, but you don't have it in your budget...


The good news about the HeadShot Spot™ is that not only do your attendees love it, but sponsors can't get enough of it!

Sponsors love The HeadShot Spot™!


Many times, sponsors don't really get a whole lot out of their investment. This is a chance for them to really have an engaging experience with their target market.

Instead of Oral B just having a booth at the American Association of Dental Hygienists, why not sponsor the HeadShot Spot? They can still set up a display, give out samples, talk to practitioners and scan badges for leads.

The difference? The HUGE number of people that will WANT to come to their booth! No more dragging people off the floor, or enticing them with silly games or candy (well, toothpaste and floss at the dental shows!)


Here Are Some Key Benefits of Being a Sponsor



Now, let's get you a sponsor and book that HeadShot Spot™!


By this point, you may be wondering how much the HeadShot Spot™ costs, and how much money can you make? The HeadShot Spot™ starts at $1700, and how much you mark it up is up to you! Obviously, the more you can offer the sponsor, the more you can charge! Just give us a call and we can discuss your event, and come up with a plan that works for you.


2017 Special...Book in January, and Receive 2016's Prices!


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The HeadShot Spot™ is located in Chicagoland, but travels internationally.






What makes a Good Headshot?

So what makes a good head shot?


When looking into professional head shots, it’s important to take these things into consideration:

The background of your head shot photo matters. Colored and patterned backgrounds can be distracting. We go for a clean and simple grey or a traditional "Rembrandt" style with brown tones. Black is okay too but sometimes most find it to be too harsh. We just don’t want to distract from what really matters here, the subject!

The lighting is probably the most important while also the trickiest aspect to a head shot. Lighting can change a person’s look and feel with the slightest move of an angle. There are many different studio lighting techniques to create amazing definition. We use a three light set up... a main light, a fill light (adds to the shadow side), and a hair light (adds a lovely, but subtle back light to the hair and shoulders, which gives a great separation to the background)

Yes, every photographer sees something a little different, but the really good ones have learned their craft so well that they can concentrate on bringing out the best expressions from people. I learned years ago from a great mentor, "Set it and forget it". Simply put, learn how to set your camera so that you can do it in your sleep. Many photographers spend too much time messing around with their camera settings and looking at the screen as the image pops up. A truly good photographer will not need to keep looking at the camera after each captured image, they can work on talking to the subject and bringing out the best smile that person has. THIS is one of the most valuable lessons I ever learned!

HeadShot Spotâ„¢ FAQ

HeadShot Spot™ FAQ


Please feel free to call or email with your questions!




Q. Where are you located?

A. We are based out of the Naperville/Plainfield area, about 30 miles west of Chicago


Q. Do you provide headshots at meetings or conventions?

A. Absolutely! Please see our page for meetings


Q. Do you travel anywhere?

A. Absolutely! We've done head shots in numerous cities around the country, mostly for meetings or conventions.


Q. Do you work with small companies of five employees or less?

A. Yes. No job is too small! Just refer to the pricing.


Q. Do you provide makeup artists?

A. Yes, upon request. We recommend using makeup since those artists know how to deal with camera lighting, and what will look best. The ratio of artists to photographers should be 2:1, since the makeup process takes longer. Makeup artists general run around $200 for a half day, and $350 for a full day.


Q. How long does the process take?

A. We ask that you schedule 4 people in a 30 minute block. If one isn't quite ready, we can take the next one. Please print out your schedule with the full names, and email an Word or Excel file.


Q. We have a lot of employees, do you do them all in one day?

A. Depending on your available space, we can have two or more photographers. One photographer can handle up to 56 sessions during the day. If you have staff on rotation (like hospitals), we can set up on multiple days.


Q. How soon do we see the photographs?

A. Each person being photographed will have the ability to view their images right on the spot. They can delete and save as many as they like.


Q. Do you do retouching, or "Photoshop"?

A. Yes, in most cases a little artwork will be done to most images. We try to take care of any blemishes, crows feet, wrinkles and eye bags.


Q. Can the subject being photographed get a copy of the photos?

A. For sure! They might like to use it for LinkedIn or Facebook. Just have them bring a USB flash drive to their session.


Q. How do we get the images?

A. Typically, once the job is done, we will upload the photographs to an external hard drive or USB flash drive that you provide. 


Q. I have other questions, how do I reach you?

A. Either here, or you can call or text Neil at 630-528-0497. Email is neilgphoto@gmail.com


~ Pricing ~


Meeting Planners:

The HeadShot Spot™ starts at $1700, and includes one photographer and two makeup artists. Typical pricing is directly below, but please call to discuss your particular needs.

A common question is, "How many photographers do I need for my meeting or show?" 

We have found that one photographer is ok for up to 1000 attendees. Two photographers for 1000 - 5000 attendees, and three photographers for 5000 plus. Typically, shows and meetings are not held on just one day, so your attendees have more time to visit the HeadShot Spot™. Of course, this is just a guideline; it also depends on the demographics of your attendees. For example, women are more likely to want a headshot by around double over men.

Hours of operation vary from event to event, but many times we are open when the expo floor is open. 


If you are looking for The HeadShot Spot™ to come to your Chicagoland office, please scroll down.


Services in Chicagoland are as Follows:


One Day Events

Two Day Events

Three Day Events


Services That Require Travel Outside of Chicago are as Follows:


One Day Events*

Two Day Events*

Three Day Events*

* Plus Travel Expenses


Don't Forget...Attendees AND Sponsors Absolutely Love The HeadShot Spot™, Which Means That You Can MAKE MONEY by Having Us at Your Event!

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Services Rendered at your Chicagoland Office are as Follows:


No job is too small for The HeadShot Spot™! We can visit offices with as few as four people. Pricing is as follows:

4-5 staff members - $130 ea.

6-7 staff members - $120 ea.

8-9 staff members - $75 ea.

10-20 staff members - $50 ea.

21-30 staff members - $40 ea.

31-45 staff members - $35 ea.


The ratio of artists to photographers should be 2:1, since the makeup process takes longer. Makeup artists general run around $200 for a half day, and $350 for a full day.


All images are viewed at the time of photography, giving the subject the opportunity to choose his or her final portrait. Basic retouching is always free!


Check our FAQ page for more information.


More than 45 staff members? Call or email for a quote 

Makeup Artists Available Upon Request. Come on, you know the ladies will love it, and it makes for a much better portrait!

Prices shown are for up to 20 miles from Downtown Plainfield. Travel fees will apply for further distances.


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