About Nina Ottolino


      Nina Ottolino is a fashion, beauty, and commercial photographer based in Chicago. She grew up in the industry as a kid model and fell in love with photography after her very first class in college.  Nina graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography and began studying make-up in 2010.  In April 2011, she opened Shear Conviction, a full service salon & photo studio, to be able to work with all of her clients in one place and offer a variety of hair services with her talented team of stylists.  Shear Conviction was featured in InStyle Magazine's Beauty Black Book of the Best Places Across the Country in their October 2011 issue.  After four years of running her salon, Nina decided to take the next step in her career. Ottolino Studio was created to offer a creative space to Nina's fellow photographers, make-up artists, & hair stylists.  By doing so, many new or up & coming artists who don't have a space of their own can now still take clients into a comfortable space at an affordable price. 

        Nina Ottolino photographs talent represented by Chicago's top modeling agencies as well as across the country.  Her work has been featured in Institute Magazine, Elléments Magazine, and Elegant Magazine to name a few, and made the cover of Chinese Fitness & Beauty Magazine.  Nina uses her experience in modeling, make-up, and as a former salon owner to connect with her clients and team on another level.  She is able to communicate direction in a language they can understand and she knows the importance of keeping a consistent brand identity for the businesses she photographs.  She is inspired by natural shadows, color, texture, and emotion when creating her images.  Her passion can be seen throughout her work.