Ryan O'Connor

My name is Ryan O'Connor

I started RJO Photo in August of 2006 after graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in cinematography (photography for movies). But I have been pursuing photography and photo editing since then. My skills are self-taught, or adapted from what I learned in film school.

The most valuable things that I can offer you are reliability, respect, and professionalism. Because this is my full time job, I take it very seriously and I do everything possible to make sure my clients are happy with my work and my work ethic.

For technical specifications on my equipment and processing methods, see this link.

For all booking inquiries, please call or email.
Ryan O'Connor
Oak Park, IL 60302


RJO Photo does more than you might think. Here are some of the services I offer:
  • Wedding photography & videography
  • Glamour photography
  • Portfolio assembly
  • Photography & photo editing workshops
  • Band photos
  • Classic headshots
  • Family portraits
  • Senior portraits
  • Commercial photography
  • Event photography
  • Freelance photo editing
  • Graphic design & logo design
  • Fully edited, TV/movie quality, 1080p HD video

Clients & Associates

Paul Mitchell Partner Schools | Admiral Theatre | Mitsubishi
Vita5 Professional Haircare | Ribfest Chicago | Carlson Hotels | Choice Hotels
Hoffman Jewelers | Glutton Force 5 | AirProfessionals New Jersey
Hellcat Hair Design | Bam! Studios | Griffin Real Estate Firm
Club Paradise Las Vegas | ASR Avient Sound Recordings | ...and more

I've had the pleasure of serving clients & companies from all over the world.
From Chicago to New Jersey to Las Vegas to Australia


"The best retoucher in Chicago"
Playboy model L.L., 8/27/2011

"FABULOUS, FABULOUS, FABULOUS! I love them all! [...] You do an amazing job!! [...] I am so glad I found you, Ryan. You are a phenomenal photographer and a great person. I am relieved that you know how to do all this technical stuff for me and you are so affordable. Here's to doing business with ya!"
D.K., 4/25/2010

"You are a freakin god! I can't believe how good you made me look."
D.K., 4/11/2011

"I booked 11 more shoots and a workshop :)"
April-Lynn Paris, 5/27/2010
13 days after her first shoot to start her portfolio

"Ryan is an amazing photographer! All the pix we got back from our wedding were beautiful (not to mention he got them to us in less than 2 weeks!) and I was impressed by how well he captured not only the overall feeling of the day, but our individual personalities in each photo. He has a unique creative style that I have not seen duplicated by any of our friends' wedding photographers. Just the right mix of photo journalism, candids and traditional shots. He tailored our package to exactly what we wanted!"
E. Fabrizio, 8/4/2009

"I got the portfolio ... ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! I'm seriously SO happy with your work! ... Your photography is amazing and I generally don't really ever notice much difference."
E.O., 3/8/2011

"RJO Photo may possibly be the best photog I've shot with yet... Loving all the pictures!! Can't wait to shoot again!"
Lyne, 11/1/2011

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