Ryan O'Connor

My name is Ryan O'Connor

I've been a professional freelancer since 2006 after graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in cinematography. 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 email.
Ryan O'Connor
Oak Park, IL 60302


Here are some of the services in which RJO primarily specializes:
  • Wedding videography
  • Commercial product photography
  • Commercial video production
  • Retouched portrait photography & headshots
  • Retouched glamour photography
  • Unique artistic photos for musicians
  • Event photography
  • Freelance photo editing for photographers & individuals

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 | Incedo Shoes
Hellcat Hair Design | Bam! Studios | Griffin Real Estate Firm | Taco In A Bag
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 New Jersey to Las Vegas and from Germany to Australia


"The best retoucher in Chicago"
Professional model Lauren L., [GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPHY 8/27/2011]

"We couldn't possibly be any happier with our decision to hire Ryan to be the photographer at our wedding. Ryan was very professional and made everything very easy. He is truly a great photographer, and was always quick to respond every time we had a question, and accommodated every request. On our wedding day he arrived early and stayed as long as we wanted. And the photos he took of our wedding and reception were truly amazing! We would highly recommend him to anyone."
Steve & Keisha S., [WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY 6/15/2013]

"We really enjoyed working with Ryan before, during and after our wedding day and loved the results he produced. (In fact, we already referred him to another friend of ours.) He was very flexible and catered his services to exactly what we wanted. I was completely at ease on our wedding day knowing he was capturing great shots without needing any direction from me. He knew what we liked, and delivered two great videos that exceeded our expectations."
Hannah P., [WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY 9/22/2013]

"Ryan did a wonderful job with our wedding videography. The footage is fantastic and high quality. He put together a beautiful trailer of our wedding that we absolutely adore. It's super fun to share with our family and friends. Ryan's service was great and very reasonable. He managed to capture our day without feeling intrusive which was perfect. I'm so glad we decided to get the video taken. Thanks Ryan!"

"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!"

"You are a freakin god! I can't believe how good you made me look."

"I booked 11 more shoots and a workshop :)"
Freelance model April P., [GLAMOUR PHOTOGRAPHY & HEADSHOTS 5/27/2010]
(Two weeks 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 photojournalism, candids and traditional shots. He tailored our package to exactly what we wanted!"

"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."
Erin O., [ARTISTIC PORTRAITS 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!"

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