Infertility and How Photography Healed Me

June is World Infertility Awareness Month, so it’s a good month to share that although my own personal struggle with infertility had a happy ending with the birth of our son this past January, the story started almost four years earlier. I’ll spare you the minutiae of the epic saga, but in a 30-second Hollywood […]

The free headshot

Last month Organic Headshots had its yearly booth at Navy Pier as a sponsor of BrandSmart, which just celebrated its 20th year. Way to go, AMA Chicago! It was a fabulous event, as always, and we met some awesome new people, said hello to old friends, and learned a great deal from the amazing speakers. […]

How to photograph people of color

Deanna Morgan pulled us aside after we took her photos and asked if she could take a peek at them.  With a sigh of relief when she saw them, she said she was initially concerned about her skin being exposed properly, and was happy we nailed it. Before her role at Peapod Digital Labs as […]

Which way do you tilt your head?

Which Way Do You Tilt Your Head? Last year during Women’s History Month I told the story of why I started my own photography business after leaving a male-dominated industry, and why I felt it was important to be certified as a woman-owned business. This year I want to quickly call out an outdated rule […]

Men get makeup for their photos too

Men Get Makeup For Their Photos Too Before I go into why the answers to all those questions are the same, let me start by defining “men” as individuals who present as male and wear little to no makeup on a daily basis, at least for the purposes of this particular discussion. Question: should men […]

How does a small business owner take maternity leave?

How Does a Small Business Owner Take Maternity Leave? She doesn’t. But she wins an award for the shortest blog post ever, right? THE PLAN Maternity leave looks different for everyone, especially the self-employed and small business owners.  And for us, prepping for maternity leave feels like the plan is to: Take time off to […]

Our favorite photos of 2021

By the end of December, our studio will have photographed just over 2,000 people in 2021.  We want to thank all of our amazing clients for not only choosing us and trusting us to take your portraits! And we want to send a very special thank you for keeping us safe during the lingering pandemic.  Every time a […]

How to hide a (pregnant) belly in your headshot

How to Hide a (Pregnant) Belly in Your Headshot If you’re updating your headshot while pregnant, you probably don’t want to showcase the fact that you’re pregnant in the photo… unless you want new connections on LinkedIn to still ask you when you’re due while your child starts grade school. Here are some tips for […]

Bad tips for photos

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While we’re coaching our clients into poses and smiles, we sometimes have to overcome an unexpected obstacle: bad photo tips and tricks floating around the interwebs.  Here are four of the most common how-to-look-better-in-photos “hacks” that are really just ridiculous myths that need to be busted: Don’t smile as hard, to avoid wrinkles. We see […]

Retouching: how much is too much?

Retouching your photos is like adding salt to your paprikash: it’s all to your own taste.  Some people like a little, some like a little more, and some like a whole lot.  But at some point, if you go too far, it’s completely inedible.  Or in the case of photos, you just can’t look at […]