Looking for work? Glenview photographer is taking free headshots 7/22

  • Sari Pina

    Sari Pina

 
 
Updated 7/16/2020 11:28 AM
This article has been updated to correct the website to sign up for free headshot event: headshotbooker.com

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."

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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."

For details, visit headshotbooker.com. To reach Pina, visit SariPphotography.com.

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