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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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Happy Holidays from everyone at Organic Headshots!

December 9, 2019 Published by . Leave your thoughts

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2019 has been a great year for our photo studio. We’ve had the privilege of photographing amazingly beautiful, talented, gracious, fantastic superstars, including you.

Thank you for continuing to choose us to create photos for you, and the whole team at Organic Headshots wishes you the happiest holiday season!

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Feeling nervous for your headshot? We’ve been trained for that!

July 30, 2018 Published by . Leave your thoughts

Everyone at Organic Headshots has been at this for years: our photographers have photographed thousands of people, and our makeup artists have had just as many folks in their makeup chairs.  And if there’s one thing nearly all our clients have in common, it’s that they’re nervous.  Very few people walk into a photo studio excited to have their photo taken, and most of our clients see their visit as a necessary evil to get a photo for the bio page of their website, their LinkedIn profile photo, sales and marketing materials for their business, or, “because my boss made me come here to take a photo for the company website BUT I HATE HAVING MY PHOTO TAKEN SO LET’S MAKE THIS QUICK PLEASE.”

We’ve had countless informal discussions at the studio about how to put our clients at ease during such an anxiety-producing situation as having your photo taken, and we’ve developed systems and solutions for calming people down during photo sessions.  We create a quiet, calming environment in the photo studio with snacks, drinks, and even an aromatherapy diffuser to freshen the air.  We adjust the temperature if someone is too cool or too warm.  We talk at length about what the photos are for and explain what we’re doing and how we’re going to get great photos for each person’s purpose.  We show clients their photos as we’re taking them to allow for adjustments and feedback.  We tell jokes.  We laugh at the absurdity of striving for that perfect pose for that perfect photo like we’re all Kardashians on the red carpet.  We listen to our clients’ stories of jobs lost, jobs found, career changes, life changes, new relationships, new babies, new puppies, and how well we can or can’t follow the storylines of Game of Thrones.  Oh, and usually there’s an unofficial therapy dog lounging in a sunbeam or rolled over for bellyrubs, which has offered many a welcome distraction from the giant lens on the camera.

https://organicheadshots.com/pricing.htmlBut last week we decided to take it a step further and formalize our training.  We met with our friend David Klow, founder of Skylight Counseling Center and author of the new book, You Are Not Crazy: Letters From Your Therapist, in his office to talk about how we can help our clients enjoy the process of having their taken more; or at least stress less about it.  David is a licensed therapist, Clinical Lecturer at the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University, an Adjunct Faculty member at Adler University, and runs professional training and workshops when he’s not managing his growing clinical staff at the counseling center.

David led us through an amazingly insightful discussion as we workshopped what our clients go through when having their photo taken, and we worked together to create new strategies and procedures to build our strengths in relieving photo-induced anxiety.  Most importantly, we learned that we are the primary instrument taking someone’s photo, not the camera and the lighting and the posing.  Those are merely tools we employ.  The real photo is produced through the rapport we create with our subjects, the trust they have in us, and the authority we convey as professionals in our craft.

We are in the job of making people look good.  Of capturing their personality in an image they need to further their careers, promote their work, demonstrate their capabilities, and project their individuality.  We take that job very seriously.

So we invite you to test our strength.  If you HATE having your photo taken and get nervous in front of a camera, PLEASE come to our studio.  We love nervous people.  Believe it or not, WE hate having our photos taken too– every single one of us working at Organic Headshots is behind the lens because we loathe being in front of it.  So we get it.  We understand your pain, and we want to help you feel better about getting a headshot.  Have us come to your office to photograph your staff, or book an appointment for a session in our studio where you can munch on some snacks, listen to some soothing music, and rub a dog’s belly while we take your photo.

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Meet our newest photographer

July 7, 2018 Published by . Leave your thoughts

Genevieve TrueOrganic Headshots is growing! To keep up with the demand of our awesome headshots and corporate event photography, Genevieve True has come aboard, joining Michelle Kaffko and Jeff Johnson as a headshot and event photographer. With a new team member, we’ll now have even more availability for both on-site staff headshots for groups, and headshot sessions in the studio.

And speaking of studio appointments, Organic Headshots is now open on Sundays! Book your appointment for a weekend here, and meet Genevieve in person!

Genevieve’s 12+ years of photography experience include portraits, events, weddings, and photojournalism/publishing.  She’s a ninja when photographing events, and uses her kind heart and outgoing personality to get great portraits and headshots of people looking natural and at their best.

Check out some of the great shots she’s taken for us already, and contact us to book any of the photographers for headshots of you, your team, or your event!

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