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'10K Headshots' project helps laid-off job seekers with free resume photos

A nationwide effort is helping people looking for work to get their faces out there, including some in Connecticut.

News 12 Staff

Jul 22, 2020, 8:19 PM

Updated 1,425 days ago

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A nationwide effort is helping people looking for work to get their faces out there, including some in Connecticut.
Local photographers are helping people get back to work by giving them a shot – a head shot.

At The SoNo Collection in Norwalk, a makeshift studio was set up as part of the 10,000 Headshots project, a one-day photo initiative going on across the country to create 10,000 free headshots for unemployed Americans.

Hector Pachas, Dariusz Terepka and Laurie Spens were among the 200 professional photographers donating their time and skills, hoping to help write the first chapter of someone's "getting back to work" story. They say a headshot is a digital handshake and can make a big impression in a job search.
"It’s just an awesome, awesome opportunity to share energies and just parts of the puzzle that people need to get back to work," said Spens.
"It’s a great advantage for anybody that’s looking for a job during these tough times," said Demartae Mitchell, of Waterbury. "I’ve studied fashion merchandising and marketing so I’d like to work in the fashion field, more the business side."
Social distancing and safety measures were in place while the trio worked out of a makeshift studio at the SoNo Collection -- snapping photos that can be included with people's resumes and posted on job sites.

A majority of the people getting pictures told News 12 they were laid off because of the pandemic.


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