Organic Headshots is 8 years old this month!

April 22, 2013 Published by . Leave your thoughts

I suddenly realized that Organic Headshots has a birthday this month.  Eight years ago, in April of 2005, I started Organic Headshots to take natural-looking headshots and portraits of professionals and entertainers.  Some of you may already know the story, but I’ll tell it again…

Picture it: Lakeview, Chicago, IL.  (And yes, I’m telling this story like Sophia tells stories on “The Golden Girls.”)  The year was 2005.  I was working a 9-to-5 job in marketing and had graduated college just 2 years before.  I was young.  I was restless.  I was hungry for creative freedom and for pizza.  One of my roommates and I built a darkroom in a storage room in the basement of the 3-flat we were renting and I was spending most of my post-day-job evenings developing film, making prints, and spilling fixer all over my overalls.

Another roommate of mine was an actress and needed a headshot for an audition.  “You’re taking photos- can you take a quick headshot for me?” she asks.  I do some research on what makes a good headshot- lighting, framing, etc.- and we walk around outside on a sunny summer day taking some photos.  I develop the film, print an 8×10, and we right her name in Sharpie at the bottom of the photo.  She takes it to the audition and is cast as Tina in “Tony and Tina’s Wedding.”  And then we had some pizza.

Soon her colleagues started coming to me for acting headshots and comedy troupe photos, and Organic Headshots was born.  I used the name “Organic” because I was cooking up the photos in my basement on black and white film, and I figured it was like a small-town farmer growing tomatoes in his backyard.  I thought I was being clever.

In celebration of Organic Headshots’s birthday, I thought I would share some of the first photos to come out of that darkroom.  Ah, memories…

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