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Our business’s COVID-19 procedures

May 25, 2020 Published by . 1 Comment

Man, this pandemic has been rough.  On everyone.  And especially on small businesses like ours.  But we’ve been happy to follow all state and city guidelines for closing, reopening, and operating safely.  Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our clients and staff, so we will be taking thorough precautions before, during, and after every photo shoot, and adjusting our procedures as we all learn more about COVID-19 and how it spreads.

To that end, here’s a breakdown of changes you’ll be seeing in how we operate:

General procedures:

  • Increased cleaning in the studio and equipment, using cleaning supplies with disinfectant.
  • Appointment booking and reminder emails provide instructions for a safe shoot.
  • Staff is required to alert the Studio Manager if they feel any symptoms or have been in recent contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 so their shoots can be covered or rescheduled and they can self-quarantine for at least 14 days.

In the studio:

  • Both you and the photographer must wear a mask / face covering and refrain from handshakes / physical contact during the shoot.
  • Everyone must immediately wash their hands upon arrival at the studio.
  • Instead of the photographer adjusting your hair or clothing during the shoot, a mirror will be provided, and/or live-viewing of the photos on a monitor.
  • After every shoot, high-touch areas will be wiped with a disinfectant before the next visitor is allowed entry.
  • Upon arrival, you will also have your temperature taken with a contact-free thermometer and asked the following questions before being allowed entry:
    • Have you had a fever, cough, or cold/flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days?
    • Have you had contact with anyone who has shown any cold/flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days?

On-site shoots:

  • All our staff members will wear a mask / face covering.
  • We will maintain social distancing and no physical contact with your employees while in your office.
  • When each person enters the room where we are set up for photos, we will ask them to sanitize their hands (we will bring hand sanitizer).
  • Surfaces and objects touched will be wiped with disinfectant (we will bring disinfecting wipes) between each person.
  • Instead of the photographer adjusting your hair or clothing during the shoot, a mirror will be provided.
What you'll do to keep us safe

Hair and makeup artists:

  • Hair and makeup artists will wear a mask / face covering and, if available, a face shield.
  • All surfaces will be sanitized between each person.
  • In the studio only, if you are having makeup done you will be asked to wash your face before makeup begins.
  • Since a mask is not possible during makeup application, you will be given some paper towels to hold so that if you feel a cough or sneeze coming, you can cough/sneeze into the paper towels.
  • As is already customary, all makeup is applied with as many disposable products as possible and all non-disposable products are used once and sanitized.
  • Hair and makeup artists already wash their hands before beginning, but you will now have the option of them using disposable gloves if you prefer.

Being a “non-essential business” makes us feel a little small

April 1, 2020 Published by . Leave your thoughts

When COVID-19 lockdowns started closing businesses and obliging everyone to shelter in place in their homes, we watched our studio’s appointment calendar almost completely clear out.  And when the governor ordered “non-essential” businesses to shutter their doors, it stung a little, to be honest, since anyone’s paycheck can feel pretty darn essential once it disappears.  It’s for a heckuva good reason, of course—and we’re happy to do our part in flattening the curve and stopping the virus from spreading by postponing photo shoots and implementing new systems to keep the studio and everyone who enters it safe. 

We’re all in this same strange boat together: feeling anxious because of the pandemic, feeling concerned for our clients and their families and for the health of everyone around us, and feeling uneasy about what’s going to happen next.  Without our cameras, we’ve all been coping mostly by catching up on photo editing (or re-editing old photos just for funsies), baking bread, snuggling our pets, cleaning some closets, and otherwise keeping busy in the same ways everyone else with cleared calendars has been occupying their time.

We’re also all enduring by flexing our creative muscles.  One person at a time, we each went into the empty studio last week, put our cameras on timers, took some photos of ourselves, and used some post-production magic to be inserted into pictures of vintage cameras.  The result is a series of images that reflect how we’re feeling while we’re missing our clients’ beautiful faces and the sounds of a camera shutter going KER-CHUNK.  We’re feeling a bit like the forgotten old film cameras that have been collecting dust on our shelves.  Lonely.  Bored.  Restless.  Small.  But coping well.

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Portrait photography is inherently a very social business.  We need to be around people in order photograph them, and being unable to do so is… well… making us sad.  But whenever this is all over and we’re in the studio for back-to-back sessions again or traveling to our clients’ offices when buildings are filled with people again, we’ll feel back to our old selves.  We’re looking forward to that day and to hearing all about our clients’ lockdown adventures in breadmaking.  We’re sure a lot of people will be getting back to work in different ways then, and we might be helping some people through job changes by updating their LinkedIn profile photos, and photographing companies for their marketing materials as they boost new business to make up for what was lost.

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Organic Headshots
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It’s unusual for it to be so lonesome in the studio: a room that’s part workshop, part laboratory, and part oasis.  A place where people come to collaborate to create images with common goals. Taking these photos alone in the still and quiet space was a somber act.  But also faintly blissful.  We’re ready to get KER-CHUNKING again when it’s time.  Until then, we’ll be cleaning our lenses and trying not to pout.  Too much.

COVID-19 Precautions at the Studio

March 13, 2020 Published by . 1 Comment

With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to give everyone an update on how our photo studio is changing operations to keep everyone safe and healthy.

First off, we are still behind our cameras and taking headshots and will remain open, and none of our staff have been ill or exposed to anyone who is ill. If you have an appointment but are feeling ill, or have reason to believe you have been exposed to any virus, please reschedule your appointment for when you are feeling better.

We are following Chicago’s Department of Health guidelines for businesses, and monitoring the city’s Coronavirus website for updates. We’re also making a few changes in our procedures to provide extra protection to our clients and staff, which are summarized below.

Increased cleaning: between each appointment at the studio we are sanitizing all high-touch areas and washing our hands between clients.

Social distancing: we are refraining from handshakes and physical contact. Instead of adjusting your clothes or hair for you during posing, we will hold a mirror so you can do so on your own.

Cancellation / rescheduling fees: We will waive cancellation and rescheduling fees for the duration of the pandemic.

Makeup: if your shoot has a makeup artist, please know that our makeup artists already employ strict sanitation guidelines and will continue to do so. They use disposable applicators and fresh, sanitized brushes for each individual.

On-site shoots: if you have scheduled us for a shoot in your office, we will abide by all of our in-studio guidelines while on location. If your office has switched to telecommuting for the time, we will temporarily honor your on-site pricing for individual sessions in the studio for existing shoots in the schedule. Contact Shea for more info.

Your health and safety and the health and saftey of our staff take top priority with everything we do. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us.

Thank you for continuing to choose Organic Headshots for your photography needs, and please stay safe and healthy!

Favorite shots of 2019

January 5, 2020 Published by . Leave your thoughts

Can we talk about how hard it was to choose only a handful of photos for our annual “favorite shots” collection of 2019?  Because it literally took hours to widdle it down from hundreds to just about 30.  HUNDREDS.

We met SO many awesome people and got so many awesome portrait and event shots of them looking awesome and doing awesome things.  Check out some of our favorite photos from last year as we polish our lenses and hit the ground running in 2020!

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If you’re ready to start 2020 with an awesome new headshot, check out our rates and book a session online!

We’re adding to our team!

December 17, 2019 Published by . Leave your thoughts

Organic Headshots is growing and we’re looking to add to our team! We’re a headshot and corporate event studio, and most of our clients are organizations big and small needing executive portraits, and individuals and entrepreneurs needing awesome headshots of their awesome faces.

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WHO WE ARE: We are highly organized and efficient, but pride ourselves in not being a robotic volume studio. Everyone who steps in front of our camera is treated like a superstar and gets an individualized experience, so we need people who will honor our attention to detail, our desire to please our awesome clients, and our commitment to teamwork.

Organic Headshots has been in business for 14 years and is proudly certified as a woman-owned business, and is a non-discriminatory workplace. We are LGBTQ+ friendly and do not tolerate sexism, racism, or bigotry of any kind from each other or from our clients.

WHO WE NEED: A studio manager, a photo assistant, and a photographer. This could be 1, 2, or 3 people total, depending on the opportunity and your skill set. Maybe you’re exclusively the studio manager. Maybe you start assisting and learn the ropes to become a photographer. Maybe you wear all three hats and they all look SO fetch on you.

Organic Headshots teamThe studio manager serves as the face of the studio for new and prospective clients. You are a warm, inviting soul who talks new clients through the booking and shooting process, manages the schedules of the photographers and makeup artists, and answers phone calls and emails related to scheduling, pricing, and what we do and do not photograph. Must love organization and spreadsheets. You can work remotely, and although client phone calls, emails, and messages must be answered and returned in a timely fashion, the hours are flexible.

The photo assistant assists on larger shoots where an extra set of hands are needed to set up and break down gear, and to be a friendly and welcoming face for shoots with large numbers of people being photographed: keeping people and paperwork organized, and is always smiling.

The photographer takes awesome photos of our awesome clients. Some portrait experience is preferred, but we’re a teaching studio and we can Yoda you into our Jedi knight if you have a sharp eye and a willingness to learn and grow. We shoot with both studio strobes and natural light so you must be comfortable with both and with mixing them. You’ll need your own camera and lenses, but we have plenty of lighting and everything else. Preferred camera package is either Canon or Nikon (Canon 5D Mark IV / Nikon D750/D850 or equivalent), with lens lengths in zooms or primes ranging from 70mm to 200mm. You must LOVE people and working closely with our clients to get great photos that they will love. Every time you raise your camera to photograph someone, it must be a personal goal to do your best to get great photos of them. If you get a rush of endorphins when someone says “I look good in that photo!” then you’re our person.

WHAT WE PAY: Well. We pay well. Everyone who works here stays here because we take pride in paying everyone as highly as the business can afford, because we believe your skills have value and you deserve compensation reflective of that value. You would be a 1099 contractor and do your own taxes.  All of these positions are part time and flexible, with the potential to move to full or nearly full time as we keep growing.

If this sounds like a team you want to join, email michelle@organicheadshots.com with a resume, link to a portfolio (if applicable), and a little bit about yourself.

LOOK HOW COOL WE ARE YOU SHOULD JOIN US:

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