Snaptember 2020 with BIPOC

Snaptember 2020 BIPOC

Snaptember 2020 with BIPOC

I’m bringing back Snaptember in 2020! This is the big announcement I mentioned in last week’s blog. This time with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Snaptember is a personal project I embarked upon last year where I photographed headshots of someone new each day, at no cost, for the month of September, in an effort to give back to my community.

These are free, 30-minute headshot sessions. In exchange for posing for me, each person will receive at least one headshot to use with their resume, job application, on LinkedIn, their website and email signature.

The theme this year: BIPOC, especially someone unemployed who could really use this to find a job. BIPOC have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, both from high rates of unemployment to increased risk of infection. Not to mention the historical and current effects of extermination, systemic racism, repression, erasure and police brutality in this country. This is my very small, personal, but intentional attempt at reparations.

If you’re not Black, Indigenous or a Person of Color, please share this with someone who is. There are 30 spots, one for each day in September, and I’d like to fill each of these before the month begins.

Snaptember 2019

In 2019, I decided to do this project during the last week of August. It was a haphazard effort: no theme, no big announcements, hardly anyone on the books before the month began. I was having to walk down the street to the Posner Center or to other Denver neighbors to see if I could get them in my studio. Some needed updated headshots, some were just helping me out. This year I’m working to put new headshots into the hands of those who need them.

Safe & Fun

As the current coronavirus and COVID-19 events evolve, I’m taking these and our health very seriously, working to protect my clients and myself using current CDC recommendations. Each person will need to read my Coronavirus Safe Session Policies and sign a model release before getting on the calendar.

I make this experience fun, by the way. It’s true. You can read some of my five star Google reviews here. Headshots don’t have to be a chore. Most people tell me they don’t like being photographed and leave saying they actually enjoyed our session. Be prepared to get silly, or at least laugh. I look forward to working together.

 

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Free Updated Headshots for Unemployed Community

Free updated headshots for unemployed in masks

On July 22, 2020, I participated in 10,000 Headshots, the biggest event of its kind, to provide free, updated headshots to help our unemployed friends and community members get back to work. I was one of six photographers in Colorado. Over 200 photographers across the US participated with the goal of photographing 10,000 people on one day and getting them their images immediately.

We also wanted to give everyone a confidence boost and something to smile about. I’d say we did that. If you look at my Instagram profile this coming month and swipe left, you’ll see funny faces and big laughs.

Plus, according to LinkedIn, people who include headshots receive 21 times more profile views and 9 times more connection requests. It’s an important part of any job search. A headshot session itself can be a confidence booster. You’re dressed up, you’re photo ready, you look good. The photographer talks you up, gets you to laugh, coaxes out some great expressions and Boom, a professional and approachable image of you to use on LinkedIn, your website and in your email signature.

The first shot of everyone that day was with their mask. They took it off for their session and back on it went. We kept it safe.

10000 Headshots Day

My heart runneth over for these people I photographed, all with their own stories on how the pandemic affected them, their lives and their jobs. We only had about 10 minutes together, so I’ve asked them to share their story with me if they’d like. I’m going to be posting some of those headshots with their stories on my Instagram and Facebook pages. They’ll say what type of job they’re looking for and hopefully, these will be shared throughout social media and someone reading will hire them. One woman already let me know she got a job!

I was told, “You don’t know how important this is for me today.”

“I’m so appreciative of what you’re doing for us.”

“This is the missing link in my job search.”

If you’d like to help spread the word to get these people employed, be sure to check my Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles as I post them in August, and share away.

>>Wish you had known about this in advance? Stay tuned for a big announcement next week!<<