Recognized for his flair for fashion photography, Jack Gildroy has been taking pictures since trying out his camera skills as a member of a camera club at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois.
Finding photography fascinating as a teenager, he continued in the club through his four years in high school, developing skill in the design and printing of emotion filled black and white images.
Planning to go into architecture, he began studies at the YMCA Junior College in downtown Chicago. Unfortunately, he says with a grin, he was side-tracked by an invitation from Uncle Sam to serve in the army. With his strong photography background, he became a combat photographer.
Following his two year stint which included a tour of duty in Viet Nam, he pursued other venues. But he continued to work with film as a wedding photographer and continued serving his country, first for a year in the Illinois Air National Guard as a still photographer specialist and then for 13 years in the Naval Reserves as a Photographersmate, Petty Officer.
During those 14 years, he used his photographic abilities to make images of everything from broken parts, to award ceremonies, to cruise books, to officer and Senior Petty Officer portraits.
Eventually John chose to return to school and earn a degree in the field he came to love, photography. He not only earned one degree, but two: the first was an Associates of Applied Science, Photography Technology and the second an Associates in Applied Science in Digital Imaging, both from College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
For the past three years he has worked with the College of DuPage Fashion Design Department, photographing the shows that express the talents of new fashion designers as they plan for future careers.
In addition, during the past two years, he has worked with Victor Miller, photographing semi-annual fashion shows, which present Victor Millerís newest clothing lines, unveiled by models provided by Lillieís Talent Agency, and new talent designers.
Other projects include theater and sports photography for Moraine Valley College, and taking modeling composites and portfolios for aspiring models and actors.
For information or booking, call 708-205-0800. To view examples of Jackís work, visit his web site at www.jrg-assoc.com.
Written by Nancy Uznanski