Medical Residency Program
I needed to put my best ‘shot’ forward, a professional portrait photograph for a medical residency application. This was not an experience I was looking forward to, but I had to get it done. After an extensive internet search, I instinctively select ‘G. Thomas Ward Photography’! I exchange e-mails with upload requirements, discuss pricing and make an appointment with Gary. Very business like, so far so good! Apprehensively, I walk down a nice quiet neighborhood street. Gary invites me into his beautiful dwelling, and immediately, I felt like I am visiting a friend. Gary and Tanya put me totally at ease, got down to work on me with, of course, wonder bundle `Sirius’ supervising: outfit, makeup, hair, pose, smile and “voila!” within less than two hours, I have a series of shots to choose from the gallery. It was a ‘BLAST!’ I got more than the best shot. I felt confident at the end of the session and had the most memorable experience. Thank you very much, Gary, Tanya, and Sirius.
President of Life Meets Work Inc.
I’ve hired Gary to do headshots for me twice and both times they’ve been utterly amazing. He took headshots of me back in 2008 that were so good and so timeless that I was able to use them for many years. The ones he took of me and some of my team members recently are even better. We’ve gotten endless compliments on them already!
A consummate professional and a genuinely warm person, Gary is the only photographer I want to work with. I simply can’t recommend him highly enough.
Director of Development at Thrive
Gary is extremely easy to work with, professional but friendly, and flexible. I’ve hired him over the past two-years to shoot various special events. Prior to each event, we had phone conversations about how the organization was using the photographs (marketing, social media, annual report, etc.). I felt totally confident in his ability and talent and was thrilled with the results: he expertly captured so many of the details of Vital Bridges and Howard Brown Health Center’s events that we wouldn’t have otherwise. Gary is the unobtrusive, always present photographer that captures the right moment. He is also adept at the posed shot, too. The digital negatives and requested resolutions were delivered promptly.
I feel very confident that each organization’s investment in its event photography was worth it. I would definitely recommend Gary’s services!
Head of Blippar Chicago / Director of Business Development
We have hired Gary Ward for client events for several years. He has photographed special events, securing great posed and candid shots, and has also done professional head shots for ourselves and our clients. His work is excellent. He has a great creative eye and ensures that the subject matter is presented in the best possible manner.
Vice President, Events and Creative at CompTIA
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gary Ward for more than five years. He has acted as the “headshot spot” photographer at our premiere industry event, ChannelCon on three different occasions. Gary and his team are incredibly professional, very friendly, and extremely efficient, capturing over 400 headshots in a 3-day period. Not only are his final photographs stunning, but Gary and his team make the whole process so easy and stress-free, that I wouldn’t consider working with anyone else. In fact, I have taken Gary with us coast to coast. I really cannot say enough about his photography skills or his ability to connect with each person and put them at ease in front of the camera. Gary is able to capture the very best in our attendees and definitely raises the quality and value of our events.
Senior Technologist at CH2M HILL
Gary of G. Thomas Ward Photography was not only a master of equipment and lighting, he knew how to give me direction. The result was the most natural and professional headshot I’ve ever had taken. By providing assistance with makeup, direction during the photo shoot, and guidance in photo selection, Gary made me look my best.
Owner, Acorn Theater
I’ve used Gary to photograph me for business purposes for both portrait and event photography. The results were really good. He gave me what I wanted and has the talent to give me good images that I couldn’t clearly articulate ahead of time. I could tell him the idea of what I wanted and he would make it happen. We got valuable publicity in print media due to the images Gary provided.
As a new artist, it became apparent that it was necessary to market and sell my art glass. Initially, cell phone snapshots were OK, but it quickly become obvious that professional help was required. G. Thomas Ward photographed my art so well that it seemed I transitioned from hobbyist to “artist” with a few clicks of a camera. Lighting, shadows, background and reflections are so important for marketing art. Gary was incredibly easy, flexible and comfortable to work with. Though cell phones are quick and informal, professional guidance and specialized tools make a remarkable difference when presenting art work. I cannot thank Gary enough.