|A photographer, modeling coach, director and performing arts teacher, Tracy Whiteside has been in the entertainment and fashion business for over 25 years. Tracy opened a modeling and acting school and agency in the New York area. She built this performing arts franchise business from $0 to $1 million. Her award-winning agency's clients included MTV, Nickelodeon, Ogilvy and Mather Advertising and Court TV. It is here she learned the art of photography.
Tracy has trained Elite, Wilhelmina and Ford models. Her students have appeared in many magazines including Details, Fitness, Teen Vogue, More, People, TV Guide and Cosmopolitan. Her models have walked the designer runways in New York, Paris and Milan. Tracy also trained Miss Preteen New Jersey 2005, Miss Preteen USA 2006 and Mrs. New Jersey 2005.
Her actors and singers have been on Broadway, in films, on TV and in commercials. Tracy's students have appeared on MTV, Nickelodeon, Forensic Files, Sesame Street and The O.C., among others. The countless TV commercial credits include Tide, Sieman's Furniture, Coke and Chucky Cheese. Tracy's students can be seen in films such as The Stepford Wives, The Interpreter, Loverboy, Over The Mountain, Hitch, In Her Shoes and many, many others.
Tracy began her photography career 5 years ago out of necessity. Unable to find a suitable replacement after her good friend and favorite photographer, Statia Molewski, moved on to bigger projects, Tracy found herself behind the camera taking headshots and modeling photos. Now back in Chicago, Tracy indulges her passion for photography by working not only with actors and models, but also with anyone that will allow her to photograph them. Her professional clients include Seventeen Magazine, Six78th Magazine, Reader's Digest, SHL Group, Pheasant Run Resort, Noble Fool Theatricals, Brio Magazine, CNN.com, Tiny Prints, Shutterstock.com and other stock photography agencies.
In addition to working as a freelance photographer and writer, Tracy teaches performing arts at Elgin College and Christian Youth Theatre. Now serving as the Education Manager at Noble Fool Theatricals at Pheasant Run Resort, Tracy directs children's musicals and is responsible for the development and staffing of the Performing Arts Academy program.