Applying to jobs is stressful no matter the circumstances. However, when a world-wide pandemic is thrown into the mix, it can be especially difficult when people don’t have access to resources — a professional outfit, an updated resumé, or even a new headshot.
That is why local photographer Mike Nakamura Photography LLC is participating with Headshot Booker and Brookfield Properties in the largest, single-day photo initiative that will provide 10,000 unemployed Americans nationwide with a complimentary, professional headshot to include with their resumés and post to job sites such as LinkedIn.
Mike Nakamura will be taking complimentary headshots on Wednesday, July 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brookfield Property located at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood. Complimentary headshots are open to anyone currently unemployed, but participants are asked to visit HeadshotBooker.com for details and schedule a time to be photographed. Over 200 photographers will participate across all 50 states, creating pop-up studios at nearly every Brookfield retail location nationwide. Headshots will be provided to participants on-site through event photo-sharing platform SpotMyPhotos. The base price for high quality, professional headshot starts around $250, which equates to more than $2.5 million in collective services these photographers will provide through this initiative.
“We looked for ways we could help our neighbors get back on their feet after COVID-19 and while the pandemic is ongoing we know people are having to look for new employment,” Nakamura said in a release. “I heard about what Headshot Booker and Brookfield Properties were doing across the country and wanted to be a part of it. We are excited and grateful to be able to contribute to such a great initiative.”
Tony Taafe co-founded Headshot Booker with renowned portrait photographer, Peter Hurley, and national event photographer, Lauren Lieberman.
“Unemployment impacts everyone and everything associated with that person,” Taafe said in a release. “Headshot Booker is in a unique position to provide out-of-work Americans with an important element of the job search process — a great, professional headshot. And thanks to our partners who share a similar vision, we will be able to help thousands of unemployed Americans put their best foot forward and help them get back to work.”
“As we continue to welcome guests back to our centers, we are grateful for this opportunity to help the members of our communities that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic,” Brookfield Properties Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle Snyder, said in a release.
Snyder emphasized that safety for all participants is a core focus, and each photographer will follow specific protocols to ensure safe distancing and hygiene practices throughout the day.