Photographers Across the US Teamed Up to Shoot 10,000 Free Headshots for Unemployed Americans

A one-day initiative that took place around the United States yesterday shows the impact photographers can have when they team up to make a difference. It’s called “10,000 Headshots,” and it involved booking and shooting free headshots for 10,000 unemployed Americans across the country in a single day. The initiative was created by the website […]

Photographers Across the US Teamed Up to Shoot 10,000 Free Headshots for Unemployed Americans

A one-day initiative that took place around the United States yesterday shows the impact photographers can have when they team up to make a difference. It’s called “10,000 Headshots,” and it involved booking and shooting free headshots for 10,000 unemployed Americans across the country in a single day.

The initiative was created by the website Headshot Booker, and it consisted of organizing 200 photographers across all 50 states to host a one-day portrait photography bonanza. The goal was pretty straightforward: “helping Americans get back to work by providing complimentary professional headshots for 10,000 unemployed workers nationwide.”

Interested workers registered for a 10-minute one-on-one headshot session near their home, which all took place on July 22nd. Prominent photographer Peter Hurley and his “Headshot Crew” were also involved in spearheading the initiative, and the day-of shoots seemed to go well based on the local news reports we’ve seen popping up online:

Headshot Booker called the effort “the largest, single-day photo initiative” and all participants walked away with professional headshot that they could use to update their resumes and LinkedIn profiles. This should have a big impact, at least according to LinkedIn, which claims that people who use professional quality headshots on their profile receive “21 times more profile views and nine times more ‘connection’ requests.”

Of course 10,000 headshots is a drop in the bucket when you consider the current unemployment numbers in the United States alone, but hopefully the initiative will do more than drum up some good press for Headshot Booker. With any luck, portrait photographers and their prospective clients around the world will see the success of this initiative and help turn 10,000 Headshots into many thousands more.

(via ABC7 NY and FOX 4 Now)

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The trio started off their planning optimistic. They had set aside a week to re-create the shot, not knowing what the OS would be named or where the wallpaper was shot, but Big Sur was a pleasant surprise: just 1 hour way from where they live. However, their plan to use a drone like they did to re-create the MacOS Catalina wallpaper fell apart when they realized that the photo was shot from a much higher altitude that was legally allowed with a drone.

So what do you do when a drone won’t work? You rent a helicopter of course! It took two tries—once on Friday after the WDDC keynote, then again on Monday—as they waited helplessly for the fog and clouds to clear sufficiently to get a clear shot. But eventually, after some trial and error, it worked!

Here are a few behind the scenes shots from their adventure to Big Sur:

And here’s the final shot, which they were able to capture during a break in the clouds on Monday morning:

For reference, here’s a screenshot from Apple’s keynote, where they revealed the wallpaper for the first time:

And finally, the side by side from the video:

Check out the BTS video up top to follow along on this adventure from start to finish, and if you enjoyed this one, you may want to watch their Catalina video, or the video that started it all where they re-created every California wallpaper Apple has used since MacOS 10.9.

Finally, if you want, you can actually download their re-creation of the MacOS Big Sur wallpaper and use it on your computer at this link.


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