Service and Love, Unexpected

When I was asked to photograph a corporate retreat recently, I had no idea what impact it would make on me personally. Usually there is an emotional connection to clients during sessions. This is a normal connection that helps me get good shots, but this particular event took me to another place I wasn't expecting to go.

On a very steamy and hot Friday morning,I met my client and his team at a place in the Bushwick area  of Brooklyn called Sure We Can for a corporate volunteer project. When I arrived, I was surprised to see a lot full of what looked like beautiful garbage meets a scene from the movie District 9.  It was a recycling center with very bright murals painted throughout supported by piles and piles of cans and bottles. There were people inside sorting, separating and performing other green tasks.

 

As the team arrived to begin their activity, I noticed another group of people setting up tables and a grill outside of the recycling center. These people wore shirts that said Elisha Project. After inquiring more about what would happen that day, because I was a bit confused, I found out that the corporate activity was being run by the Elisha Project; a non-profit organization dedicated to servicing communities.  They would prepare food such as hotdogs, burritos, assorted baked goods etc to deliver to the people in the neighborhood including the folks working in the recycling center..  great collaboration. 

The day went on with food preparation and many people in the neighborhood came out to have food. The team even took food out in large  containers to hand out in the street and subway. The reactions of many took me by surprise. I really believed this would benefit only homeless people, but had no idea of how many hungry or simply, grateful people there are out there. These people were not homeless. One woman asked for seconds very politely and said that she was hungry and hadn't eaten since the day before; she was dressed in a work uniform. Another asked "where did you people come from? You are like angels."

 

 This project was so very enlightening for me. There have been times in my life where I had next to nothing and somehow a way was always made. I am so blessed and humbled by this experience and was glad to be a part of the "way" being made for someone else.

If you are interested in learning more about the Elisha Project please visit their website.

Where did you people come from? You are like angels.
Candace Greene
4 Reasons Why You Need a Professional Headshot

Though we’ve moved into a new age of relaxed office style and open, collaborative work environments pushed through by the millennial mindset today, that doesn’t mean all traditional approaches to personal and business representation need to be thrown out the window. Professional headshots are just as important today as they were years ago.

 

The reality is, we all “judge a book by its cover,” whether we want to admit it to ourselves or not. As a personal brand, or a professional looking to advance your career, headshots are your first impression left on everyone in your profession.

 

              A relaxed headshot can be professional while showcasing your personality

1. Appearance

No matter where you work, or what you do – you need to convey a professional attitude to employers if you want to be taken seriously. A great way to do that is with a headshot. People will be able to see you, your presentation, and your professionalism before you even walk through the door.

2. Investment

Making the small financial investment into a professional headshot is one that will be well worth the price for years down the line. Having a headshot signifies to your employees and employers that you’re serious about your job, and you’re not afraid to invest in yourself.

 

3. Uniqueness

The competition is stiff today. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you’re going to need a headshot. There is only one you, and by having a visual to accompany your resume, you’ll be prioritized over the candidate without a photo.

 

4. Social Relevance

Social media is incredibly important for applying to jobs, scouting talent, and connecting with clients today. One major reason social media is so popular is that it is visual by nature. In order to stay socially relevant on platforms like LinkedIn, you NEED a professional headshot.

Candace Greene