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Initiative helps unemployed Virginians get free headshots

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Posted at 4:00 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 16:00:38-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia photographer is offering free headshots to help unemployed Virginians on their job hunts.

EmmiClaire Photography, founded by Emily Alwood, a wedding, lifestyle, and brand photographer, will be offering the headshots on Wednesday, July 22, from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Brookfield Property located at Short Pump Mall.

According to the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), 938,559 initial unemployment claims have filed in Virginia in the past 16 weeks.

The initiative was started by Headshot Booker, whose mission is to “host the largest, single-day photo initiative which 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 and other social media."

More than 200 Headshot Booker photographers will participate across all 50 states, creating pop-up studios at Brookfield Properties retail locations to take the headshots. All headshots will be taken with social distancing and safety measures observed.

“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," Alwood said. "We 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.”

All participants must schedule a time to be photographed at https://headshotbooker.com and will be able to view their photos online.