10,000 Headshots National Event
Headshots for Hope: Local Photographer Joins Nationwide Effort to Create 10,000 Complimentary Professional Headshots to Help America Get Back to Work
Cari Hall of Headshot Pros AZ to Produce Headshots for
Locally Unemployed on July 22 at The Forum in Chandler, Arizona
Gilbert, Arizona, July 8, 2020 – Nothing says “I’m ready to work” more than a freshly pressed suit, an updated resume, and of course, a professional headshot. Regardless of profession, COVID-19 sent millions of Americans to the unemployment line without warning. That is why local photographer Cari Hall or Headshot Pros AZ is participating with The Forum in Chandler, along 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 resumes and post to job sites such as LinkedIn.
Cari Hall will be producing the complimentary headshots on Wednesday, July 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at The Forum located at 2301 S Stearman Drive, Chandler, AZ 85286. 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. More than 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.
“Our community, like so many others, was hit hard by COVID-19 and we were looking for ways to help our neighbors get back on their feet,” said Cari Hall, who noted that, according to LinkedIn, people who include headshots receive 21 times more profile views and 9 times more ‘connection’ requests. “When I heard about what 10,000 Headshots was doing across the country, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I’ve seen so many struggle during this time, and I saw this as a way to give back. Only 200 headshot photographers across the US – the best of the best – were selected to be part of this initiative, and I’m so honored and excited to have been invited to participate. I’m also grateful to The Forum for providing a venue with a large space where we can safely hold this event here in East Valley.”
Hall continued, “Our goal as photographers with 10,000 Headshots is give participants a great experience in front of the camera, give them headshots they can be proud of, and most importantly, give them hope for a bright future.”
10,000 Headshot participants will also be invited to join a private Facebook group that will include many resources such as resume building and how to use LinkedIn. The vision goes beyond just getting a Professional Headshot and has created a space for participants to gain confidence for the job search.
10,000 Headshots is the brainchild of Tony Taafe, who co-founded Headshot Booker with renowned portrait photographer, Peter Hurley and national event photographer, Lauren Lieberman. Taafe recalled the struggles his dad had with unemployment and the impact it had on his entire family. “I know firsthand that the effects of unemployment extend well beyond an individual,” he explains. “My dad was the hardest working person I ever met. He was in construction so the work wasn’t consistent and he had almost zero job security. “Unemployment impacts everyone and everything associated with that person,” Taafe continued.
“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.”
“We are proud and excited to host the 10,000 Headshots initiative across our portfolio,” said Brookfield Properties Chief Marketing Officer Michelle Snyder. “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.” 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.
The base price for a 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.
In addition to Headshot Booker, Brookfield Properties, and SpotMyPhotos, additional support is provided by Canon USA, Tether Tools, and PhotoFlashDrive on a national level, and Chuck and Angela Fazio of The Forum, who are hosting the event locally here in East Valley.