June 27, 2014
This is going to sound like a cheesy small business owner statement, but here it goes… Every time I pick up the camera to take a headshot, I try my hardest to get some photos for my clients that they can be proud to have. I do my absolute best to listen, coach, and work with my clients to get the best photo of them possible. (Too cheesy? Feel free to finish rolling your eyes at the marketingspeak.)
Every so often I get a personalized thank you card in the mail after a session or a shoot, and it’s always unexpected and always makes my day. Today is one of those days. I checked my mail and found an awesome little thank you note wrapped around a gift card. I feel so warm and fuzzy that my clients love their photos and the experience so much that they go out of their way to show that appreciation.
It makes me love what I do even more. I may or may not have hugged the card.
June 11, 2014
Recent Organic Headshots client Dorothy is fostering an adorable puppy who needs a forever home- let’s help her find one! Speckles is a 5 month old black lab/retriever mix who is being fostered by Dorothy until she gets over a bout with Kennel Cough, which should be in the next 2 weeks. Otherwise healthy, spayed, vaccinated, and ready to go; she’s got a great temperament and will be a great companion to anyone thinking about adding an adorable furry member to their family. The adoption would go through the Anti-Cruelty Society.
Here’s Dorothy’s info if you’d like to ask her about Speckles:
As a lot of you may know, Organic Headshots has a studio dog: David Bowie the Dog. I fostered an awesome dog through a no-kill shelter before getting Bowie to make sure I could handle the responsibilities of dog ownership. Did you know that a lot of shelters in Chicago allow you to “test drive” dogs and cats by fostering them first? I told the shelter that’s exactly what I wanted to do and they were all for it! They said they encourage it because most people end up adopting the dog they foster, and if not, the dog got a break from the shelter to be in a foster home where the foster family can learn about the dog’s temperament- information that better allows the shelter to find the perfect home for them.
When my foster term was up, the dog found an awesome home elsewhere, and I had decided on the breed I wanted to get. I knew I wanted a Shiba Inu and that there were plenty of breed-specific rescue associations out there, so I contacted a few Shiba rescues and found one that recently got a litter of 6 month old puppies that were sprung from a puppy mill in Arkansas. Volunteers drove the puppies to the Chicago area and placed them in foster homes, where they were spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and even started housebreaking and training. I met with the couple fostering Bowie, put in an application, they approved it, and BOOM! I got my Bowie. He’s the best dog a human can ask for.
Though any dog owner will say that about their dog and they’re all telling the truth.
So spread the word and let’s find a home for Speckles!
May 6, 2014
Last weekend my boyfriend Joel watched the movie PI, and the part where the main character narrated parts of his day (“11:15, restate my assumptions: 1. Mathematics is the language of nature…”) is stuck in my head. So I decided to keep a running tab of what I do today in that same format. Are you ready to see what a photographer does on an average day? (Until I got tired of logging my activities, that is.) Here it comes…
5:15am- Wake up, try to fall back to sleep.
6:30am- Realize I’m not really sleeping, just pretending. Get out of bed.
7:00am- Joel walks David Bowie the Dog so I don’t have to. I LOVE HIM.
7:15am- Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and toast.
7:30am- Check email, respond to former client asking if she can use one of her headshots as a passport photo. Read photo blogs.
8:00am- Headshot client is stuck in traffic on the Eisenhower. Continue reading photo blogs and answering email.
8:30am- Headshot session for COO updating his LinkedIn profile with a new headshot. David Bowie the Dog observes, scratches himself.
9:30am- Commotion outside my door. A painting crew starts power washing the walls in the courtyard of my building to repaint. Neighbor and I speculate on what the color will be.
9:45am- Receive phone call for a quote on location headshots and editorial style shots of people in front of a 12 foot tall die cutting machine for company press releases. Pat myself on the back for knowing what a die cutting machine is.
10:00am- 2-look photo session for art school graduate: indoors and outdoors.
10:30am- First location on street too sunny. Too much squinting. Move to shade.
10:45am- wind blows over light, umbrella is bent beyond repair. Umbrella was bought for $10 on sale. $500 light unharmed. Funeral for umbrella scheduled for later in the month.
11:15am- Got a voicemail asking about headshots. Return call, leave voicemail.
11:20am- Open Lightroom. Begin messing with photos taken at 10am.
11:40am- Eyes watering from not blinking for 20 minutes. Walking away from computer.
11:41am- Survey fridge for lunch. Make vegetable tofu stir fry with udon noodles. I’m not a vegetarian. Tofu was on sale.
11:53am- Try to fit square tofu into round container. TOFU EVERYWHERE
12:00pm- Number of emails received while away from computer for 15 minutes: 10. Eat lunch while responding.
12:22pm- Hard drive suddenly decides to restart or something in the middle of Lightroom exporting photos. WTF?!
12:23pm- Hard drive back online, begin re-exporting files. Hard drive is new RAID 5 system purchased recently. Begin looking for tech support phone number.
12:25pm- Text from photo assistant- wants to see gallery from wedding we shot to see if any of his photos made the final cut. PHOTO ASSISTANTS ARE AWESOME.
12:36pm- Re-export has produced duplicate files. GRRRRR. Delete duplicates.
12:52pm- Phone call for last minute headshot tomorrow afternoon: am I available? Sorry, I’m booked downtown for group photos at an investment firm. Refer to photographer friends.
1:00pm- Still hungry. DO WE HAVE COOKIES?
1:03pm- Dog is basking in sunbeam. Not enough space to bask next to him. Dog is hogging the sunbeam. Dog is a jerk.
2:51pm- spent 2 hours answering emails, phone calls, editing photos, not much blinking. Don’t want to track what I’m doing anymore. This was a fun game while it lasted.
March 28, 2014
Here’s a somewhat secret fact about me: I collect vintage photographs. I’m strangely fascinated by old photos and getting a sneak peak into strangers’ lives from decades ago. My collection has old photos from the late 1800’s up until some awesome little shots taken on 1960’s era Brownies.
The other day I got a new stack of old photos and as I was looking through them I found this photo, which has the address of where it was taken written on the back. I plugged the street address into Google Maps and looked at the street view of the house- which had some changes made over the year but was unmistakeably the same house.
So today I am dropping the photo in the mail to the residents at that house. I mean, how awesome would it be to go to your mailbox one day and a little card greets you that says something like, “hey there, I found this photo of your house in 1934. Thought you might like to have it. Enjoy!”
March 25, 2014
Yesterday I took a portrait of a music student with a tuba. Yesterday was my first tuba photo. That is all I have to say about that.