Looking for work? Glenview photographer is taking free headshots 7/22
If you're unemployed and need a headshot to go with your resume and on sites such as LinkedIn, a local professional photographer can help you put together something much better than that selfie you took this morning while waiting at the Starbucks drive-through.
Sari Pina of Glenview, owner of Sari P Photography, has volunteered to take photos from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 22 at Northbrook Court. It's part of a nationwide partnership between headshotbooker.com, a booking agency, and Brookfield Properties, which manages the shopping center, aimed at helping 10,000 people looking for work.
"It's a cool program," she said. "You get a text with a whole gallery when you leave."
While she is a teacher full-time -- she teaches middle school STEM in Franklin Park -- photography hooked her early.
"I took my first class in junior high, and that was my first exposure. No pun intended," she said with a chuckle.
She continued honing her talent in high school and college, then bought her first digital camera before going on her honeymoon in Hawaii. "You literally can't take a bad picture there," she added.
She signed up for a photography course after that and has continued -- her specialties include headshots and portraits and teaching online photography to middle school students. She also has Free to Be Imagery -- custom portrait sessions for women and girls to help bolster their self-image.
"I've really found my niche capturing the beauty held within each and every girl and woman," Pina said. "I'm extremely passionate about building the self-esteem of tweens, teens and women. With so much negativity in the world and so much pressure from society, I focus on allowing each client to be authentic and real in front of the camera. My images are intended to build confidence."
As for July 22, Pina has 50 spots available that day, and she hopes they're all full because it's a pretty good deal: The average headshot is worth roughly $250, she said.
"If my headshot helps even one person get become employed, that's just a gift."