A client you should know

January 24, 2013 Published by . Leave your thoughts

I have collected some great clients over the years and have met so many awesome people while taking their headshots.  In fact, I keep a photo album of them all and hug it every night before I go to sleep.  Okay, not really- that would be creepy.  I have no such album.  However, if I did, Scott Schechter would be in it.

Scott Schechter headshotScott is a great financial adviser who I had the pleasure of photographing a little over a year ago.  I know what you’re thinking… “how can she know he’s a great financial adviser just by taking his photo?”  And you’re right- I’m not a clairvoyant.  However, Scott is also MY financial adviser, so my claim still stands true because it is based on personal experience.  He became my adviser somewhere in 2008 or 2009 (my memory gets fuzzy when dealing with anything prior to breakfast) when I had the sudden realization that I would one day be too old and arthritic to pick up a camera and would need to have some kind of retirement savings.  Being a small business owner and totally on my own for financial planning and managing, I went to Scott to help me plan for retirement so I don’t become a ward of the state when I turn 100.  Also, plan to live to 100 and start talking like Yoda I am.

After a couple years of getting Scott’s newsletter in the mail I decided to give him a call.  …Because I couldn’t stand looking at the photo he was using in the newsletter.  It looked like he stood in front of a blank wall and someone shorter than him took his photo with a camera phone.  I think the phone conversation went something like this:

“Hey Michelle, how’s it going?”

“Great, Scott. How are you?”

“Doing well. What can I do for you today? Any questions about market volatility or max Roth IRA contribution changes this year?”

“Nope. I’m calling to tell you your headshot sucks. You should stop by my studio for a new one.”

And so he did.  And his new headshot has been smiling back at me in his newsletter ever since, and I have sound financial planning in place, and I couldn’t be happier.  So I wanted to introduce my headshot client, Scott Schechter, to all my other clients here, in case anyone is in the need for a great financial adviser.  He does a great job at assessing an individual’s overall situation and finding the best plan of action to fit their individual goals- including long term retirement planning, short term wealth building, investments, insurance planning, group/employee investment options, and so forth.

Check out his website  or his LinkedIn profile and give him a call.  Tell him Michelle Kaffko sent you.  Or that you saw his amazing headshot and his amazing, magical headshot spoke to you and told you to call him.

Birthday discount!

January 16, 2013 Published by . Leave your thoughts

This Friday is my birthday, and if you’ve been following Organic Headshots for a few years you’ll notice that the only time I offer any serious discount on headshot sessions is this time of year.  And I say everybody should eat cake, not just me. So whether you want to update a headshot I took for you back when your hair looked like it used to, or if you want to politely pass this to that friend or colleague who is still using that cropped photo of their wedding portraits as a headshot as a hint… discounts for all!

From today until February 18th, 2013 only:
25% off all headshot sessions
Just mention the super secret password: CUPCAKE

And yes, I spent a little time today taking these photos of a cupcake on fire.  (Don’t try this at home.)  Actually, I first tried to light the actual cupcake on fire first by covering it with some lamp oil, until I realized that lamp oil needs a wick to burn.   So I drizzled some lamp oil on some marshmallows on top of the cupcake and lit them on fire.  They charred nicely and looked neat, but it didn’t really scream “birthday” to me.

So I just jammed a handful of birthday candles on top of the cupcake and took photos of them slowly burning down to nothing. I shouldn’t say slowly- they melted down to the frosting within about 2 minutes.  And at the last second the flames suddenly shot up much higher into the air. (Did I mention don’t try this at home?)  Yes, I was using the cupcake covered in lamp oil.  I swear, I have a degree in higher education- I just sometimes don’t act like it.  Luckily I blew out the candles before any real danger… keeping my finger on the shutter to still get some cool shots of the smoke- because true photographers live on the edge like that.

But I’m no adrenaline junkie.  I kept a wet towel on hand and a bucket of water.  (2 points for using my brain and getting my safety badge in Girl Scouts.)

Oh, and the cupcake was rendered inedible and had to be thrown away.  But there are a dozen more in my fridge so everything’s okay.

Happy New Year! Last year’s best shots!

January 2, 2013 Published by . Leave your thoughts

I was just inspired by my fellow photographer Johnny’s idea to collect top shots from the year and put them together to celebrate 2012 and get geared up for 2013.  I just spent a little time shuffling through my folders from 2012 and grabbed about 30 or so photos that jumped out at me as the most memorable from the year.  And here they are!  Drum roll, please…

This first one was a collaborative effort between me and Johnny: we partner together for weddings (where 2 photographers can do much more damage than 1) and conceptualized this portrait idea and worked together to create it.  We put a camera on a tripod, had the bride and groom stand really still, and had the ring bearer and flower girl run around them quickly with sparklers.  And I jumped in there for a split second to flash a speedlite on their faces for a little more light on them.  The result was a success!And some other great shots from weddings this year:

Some not-quite-headshot photos from the year:

And some group photos from 2012:

Some memorable headshots from the year:

And lastly, let’s close with some adorable puppy and kitten photos.

Happy New Year!