The Brightside: Local photographers provide free headshots to unemployed Americans
DELAWARE – Did you know LinkedIn profiles with a professional headshot are 21 times more likely to be considered by employers than those without?
In Delaware, some local photographers teamed up to provide free headshots to those who are currently out of work because of the pandemic.
One of those photographers was John Yeatman Junior with Trident Image Group.
Yeatman Jr. has been taking photos since he was 12. While the Millsboro-based photographer has always enjoyed the creative aspect of photography, he says it’s the connection that really gets him.
“Headshot photography is so unique in that you do build a relationship very quickly with somebody,” he said.
Andrew Sgroi, a Delawarean who recently lost his job said, “Unfortunately at the end of March, my media company let me and a host of others go.”
Yeatman Jr. teamed up with two other photographers to give unemployed Delawareans a free headshot. The photographers teamed up with the agency Headshot Booker to do this. Headshot Booker started a nationwide initiative called 10,000 Headshots with the goal of getting 10,000 unemployed Americans a new headshot to held them find a new job.
Yeatman Jr. said, “If we can help in some way, just give one or two or more people jobs and get in front of employers and let them start the conversation, then we will.”
One of those Americans who got a headshot is Robin Neil. Neil is a travel agent from Felton whose work has taken a major hit as a result of the pandemic.
Neil said, “Unfortunately we’re in a state where we’re all probably going to be looking for work or at least supplement until we can get through this.”
She’s now focusing on finding a new job to help her get by so when she found out this free headshot event would be taking place on her birthday of all days, she knew she had to attend.
Neil said, “It’s a gift it really is.”
Sgroi said, “Truth be told I used to be an actor in New York back in the 90s, but that was a 20 something Andrew. So it’s been a quarter century, I needed a middle aged Andrew look.”
The overall goal of this event wasn’t just to help people put their best face forward, it was also to help them picture a brighter future.
If you haven’t gotten your headshot updated in quite a while, feel free to reach out to a local photographer. You never know, it could help you land your next job!