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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.


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Should you tip the makeup artist?

February 25, 2019 Published by . Leave your thoughts

Should you tip the makeup artist?

After a headshot shoot, when the makeup artist is just out of earshot, we’ve often had clients frantically whisper to us, “psst!  Do I tip the makeup artist?!”  Whether or not to tip your makeup artist is a complicated question.  And it should start with what kind of makeup artist you’re dealing with.

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Wedding makeup artists:  YES

If any makeup artist is tipped, it’s most commonly the wedding makeup artist.  Some estimates are that about 80-90% of wedding vendors in general (including makeup artists and hair stylists) expect a tip.  This is because a wedding is a luxury event, and all the vendors involved are supplying a customized, luxury service.  For a wedding, a makeup artist usually travels to your location, provides a consultation and communicates back and forth on ideas for the look you’d like before the event, and even purchases supplies and makeup specifically for your application.

Counter makeup artists:  NO

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Don’t freak out if you just realized you’ve never tipped the makeup artist at Sephora or Nordstrom for the time they spent teaching you how to contour.  It’s generally considered not necessary to tip a counter makeup artist, and some stores even prohibit it.  These makeup artists are actually salespeople with makeup skills and sometimes training, but their end goal at the counter is to sell you a product. Never go to a makeup counter for a makeup application for a photo shoot.  These makeup artists are unlikely to have the skill or inclination to apply custom makeup for your needs, and the products are not likely to be specially made for photography.  And again, their main objective is to test products on your face in order to sell them to you, which is great for when you’re sampling products you’d like to buy for yourself.  But don’t think you’re cheating the system by having a salesperson at a makeup counter do your makeup for free for your photoshoot.  Every time someone has come to our studio after doing this, they always end up unhappy with their look.  We’ve had to start stocking makeup removing cloths in the studio so clients can remove their counter-applied makeup before their session.

Makeup artists for headshots/portraiture/commercial shoots:  MAYBE

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If tipping a wedding makeup artist was a reasonably solid “yes,” and tipping a counter makeup artist was a pretty solid “no,” then tipping a makeup artist for your headshot or portrait session is a definite “maybe.”  For hair salons, a rule of thumb some people subscribe to is that you tip the stylists who work for the salon, but not the salon owner.  Some people extend this idea to makeup artists: tip the makeup artists who are booked through a salon or agency because they do not keep the whole fee, but do not tip freelance artists because they keep all of their fee.  But this isn’t a reliable measure since freelance artists are self-employed small business owners who have expenses an employee would not, such as insurance, marketing costs, travel costs, licensing, and materials.  Some makeup artists can spend anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 a year on the makeup and brushes in their kit and the sterile disposable items they go through.  Since there is no industry standard “yes” or “no” for tipping with these kinds of makeup artists, then both freelance and agency artists usually have their fee structured in a way that they’re not relying on a tip to complete their fee, so a tip isn’t necessary.  But some people are more comfortable tipping anyone in the beauty/service industry, and if you’re one of these people, then feel free to tip your makeup artist.  They won’t turn it down and they’ll definitely be appreciative of it, while not expecting it.  A good rule of thumb on tipping makeup artists in this category is: “never expected, always appreciated.”

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If you don’t want to tip your makeup artist at a headshot session, here are some kind things you can do for them that they would definitely appreciate even more than a tip:

  • Come ready for them. Follow their instructions to prepare for your session, which usually involves coming with a clean, makeup-free face.
  • Communicate with them. Be honest about what you want and don’t want before they start the application, then trust them while they apply makeup, then give them honest feedback afterward so they can make changes before you get in front of the camera.  If you’re happy with the makeup, speak up and tell them you like it.  If you’re unhappy with it, speak up as well, so they have a chance to adjust what they did to your liking.
  • Don’t hold a mirror to watch what they do. Again, you must trust them to listen during the consultation and use their skills to apply makeup, without babysitting what they’re doing.  A mirror in your hand also gets in their way and slows down the process.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask, and the makeup artist will answer.
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  • Give them a positive review. If the makeup artist has a listing on Google, Yelp, or Facebook, give them a positive review, or offer to write a testimonial for their website.  Follow them on Instagram if they have an account.  More follows on social media means good marketing for them.
  • Refer the makeup artist to your friends and colleagues, so they can continue their awesome work.

If you’re ready to book a headshot session in our Chicago studio with a makeup artist, do that here!