Professional Headshots for the East Coast Opportunity Institute Office
Thursday, September 13, 2018
By DC Commercial Photographers - Irene Abdou Photography, LLC
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I first photographed Natasha back in 2011 as her wedding photographer. We had SO...MUCH...FUN! Three years later in 2014, Natasha got back in touch, this time in her capacity as National Director of the non-profit, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids. Her organization put on many special events, and she'd had enough with the lack of great photography to promote their work. So that time, I developed a photography workshop to teach her staff the basics of photography. Now, four years later in 2018, Natasha had changed jobs and is now the Vice President of Strategy and Development for the Opportunity Institute. And this time, the following e-mail popped into my inbox:


"Well well my friend, I am finally circling back to have the discussion about professional headshots. I am actually ccing my Communications Director, K, as well! (K, I have known Irene for years. She shot my wedding, and she does amazing professional headshots...) My new organization, OI, is about 19 people, with 4 in DC, and the rest in California. Are you able to quote us for professional headshots for the DC crew, and perhaps give guidelines that a San Francisco headshot photographer could mimic? We are in desperate need of uniform headshots..."

Next stop, a strategy conference call with Natasha and K to discuss their vision for their professional headshots. 


"We don't have any professional headshots of our staff on the website.  We want faces to go with the names in order to build trust, and we want people to see the diversity in our staff.  We want to look professional, but approachable, and we want anyone looking at the California and Washington DC headshots to assume they were done by the same headshot photographer," said Natasha.
"I like the blurred background and crisp foreground in your headshots," added K.  "We don't want to see anything that indicates a high-end environment," she continued.


We talked over a number of location possibilities for their Washington DC professional headshot session and finally settled on Rockville Town Center in Maryland - one of my favorite locations for professional headshot photography. And voilá! Here are some of the staff favorites. Enjoy!


Don't wait another moment to make an amazing first impression.

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