client testimonials

“She’s awesome! I adore my ombre pink to magenta highlights! We did a bridal trial this week and she basically intuitively understood the look I want for my event (and did it!) by a few vague “oh I like this picture” comments from me! 😀 Also, she understood completely my need not to have the typical “french twist with 2 spit ringlets in front” that is very popular these days with bridal looks. 😀 :D”

-Margaret Roth, bridal client

“I have had the pleasure of working with Samantha Gribble on three photo shoots. Sam is such a gifted, passionate individual. Her meticulous attention to detail in hair, make up, and the overall styling are unparalleled. She is equally sweet, caring, and a pleasure to work with. Her positive, charming attitude made each shoot rewarding. I would recommend her to anyone seeking the perfect look to compliment any occasion.”

-Sarah Catherine, model

“I would never trust anyone else with my hair cutting and color except Samantha! I’ve had lots of hair stylist and makeup artists, but I rarely let people cut my hair. At least if I mess up on cutting my own hair, it would be my fault. So I wouldn’t have to get mad at a stylist, but when I saw how amazing color she did on my hair, I KNEW I could trust her. Why would she make me look horrible?? Such an artist mind, and such a dedicated worker! I wouldn’t trust anyone else!!! <3”

-Ashley Pham, model

“Samantha is naturally gifted, she has the ability to make more seem like less and less seem like more. She will work with you throughout the process to get everything just right. Or, if you are like me, and you are hands on with too much in your life already, you can kick back, relax, and know that you will come out looking amazing. I would trust her to style anything from bridal to the avant-garde!
I don’t live in Chicago anymore, but I make it a point to work with her whenever I come to town. I recently launched a new website and I used the photos from my shoot with Samantha and Rodger as the foundation for the site’s design. I cant tell you how often people tell me the photos look amazing and ask me who did the make-up.
She is a real pleasure to work with!”

-Tavia Sanza, designer

“I have always had trouble dyeing my hair the right kind of red. Samantha’s expertise and skills gave me an absolutely stunning and LONG LASTING color . She has a very light touch when applying makeup. Her attention to detail and artistic knowledge gives her the ability to beautifully transform her subject or client. In addition, Samantha’s skills, professionalism, and pleasant personality make her an ideal photo shoot makeup artist and stylist. She’s super smart and can keep you entertained while she works too!”

-Ashly Ariel Metcalf

“Samantha has given me the best color treatment I’ve ever had, and one of the best haircuts I’ve ever had. I’ve had so many compliments on my hair from different kinds of people. Also, she’s incredibly professional, talented and fun to spend time with.”

-Claudia Persico

“Having my hair and make-up done by Samantha G was a blast!  She is present from start to finish to make sure not a hair is out of place.  If you need to look perfect for the cameras, she’s the obvious choice!”

-Evelyn Wisniewski, model

“Samantha is the real deal. She gave me the cute, funky haircut I’ve been trying to get other hairdressers to do for ages. She has a fantastic eye for color and style, a great attention to detail, and is very professional. Highly recommended!”

-Megan Coleman McElwain, web designer

“I just wanted to thank you both for the lovely photos. They are superb and it was a joy to work with you both.”

Kier Kirby (Miss Lady Kier from Deee-Lite)

“Rodger and Samantha were the absolute ideal photographer and H/MUA team to work with. They were both extremely professional and ready to work, while still being fun and personable.
 Rodger was prepared to shoot with several different lighting setups and backgrounds, while Samantha was armed with sterile makeup, and even with facial cleansers before applying the makeup.
Because of how prepared and creative they both were, the final photos turned out to be some of the absolute best in my portfolio. I would work with both Rodger and Samantha again in a heartbeat!”

-Nicolette Mori, model

“[Samantha] is a wonderfully well-rounded, talented, intelligent and determined musician. I would rank Samantha among the most capable and musical students I have worked with to date. She meets challenges head-on and takes pride in her ability to overcome them through a combination of hard work and creative problem-solving … I would describe her persona as highly charismatic, intelligent, energetic and driven. What struck me most about Samantha was her genuine love and curiosity for music. I found her to be an artist in a sea of technicians.”

-Dr. Paul Failla, composer and professor at DePaul University

“Nothing says dedication quite like muscle memory. I consider myself a privileged audience to have seen Samantha bearing down on cello phrases in her kitchen, _possessing them_ through sheer willpower and persistance.  I totally envy her musical abilities, but even moreso her work ethic. Ms. Gribble can do whatever she wants, and if she wants to do something, she can do it.”

-Nathan Bradley Smith, writer, Gray Swan Solutions

“We are an all-female professional string quartet, who used Samantha’s styling services for the premiere of a new work for string quartet and video. We could not have been happier with the hair and makeup styling that Sam provided. Although the assignment we gave her was unconventional, she was completely professional and prepared at every stage. She arrived at our first consultation prepared with sketches, imaginative ideas, and a vision for executing them. On the night of the premiere, we were in a runway-type environment with extremely fast hair and makeup changes. She and her assistant were calm under pressure, fast, and completely prepared. Things could not have gone better. We would recommend Samantha in a heartbeat.”

Ellen McSweeney, violinist

“It was so wonderful working with you at our Q concert last week. We had a blast seeing what you created, and we felt totally transformed! Thank you for sharing your talents with us, and for performing well under pressure, and for dealing with last-minute changes! And please extend our thanks to Rodger, as well. We REALLY appreciate it, and should we ever need a stylist again, we will definitely call you. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help your business!
Chicago Q Ensemble”