My smart, nerdy, beautiful friend Arely asked if I could take her new headshots and I was so delighted to work with her. This summer, we were both developer interns at Hiebing where we bonded over boardgames, programming, art, and John Snow eating pizza — it's not often you find friends who love all the same things you do, all the way down to sharing an unhealthy love for Assassin's Creed (she's got me one-upped with a tattoo, though). We had so much fun, as usual, even though we had to do a last minute location change.
I've been really inspired by the "Not-So-Corporate" headshot mantra ever since I discovered Portraits to the People. I always had a difficult time with the classic stiff, posed business portrait. You're told to look at the camera, cross your arms, and smile like you never do in real life. Not only do these types of portraits lack personality, but they lack authenticity too. Why don't we show employers who we really are? Employers only want to know two things, which are 1.) Can this person do the job? and 2.) Do I like this person enough to work with them?
I'm of the theory that if we spend 60% of our lives at work, then we better damn-well love the people we work with. And most people don't realize how much you can show your personality and energy through beautiful photographs. I really love directing people in ways that make them feel comfortable enough to show who they are — hopefully that's what you'll find in miss Arely's photos below.
Here's to helping people get jobs, one portrait at a time.