By: JR Krupa Imaging—
Muncie, IN—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 Joe Krupa, J.R. Krupa Imaging, is participating with Headshot Booker, Brookfield Properties and the Innovation Connector 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.
Krupa will be producing the complimentary headshots on Wednesday, July 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Innovation Connector located at 1208 W White River Blvd. Muncie, IN. 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 along with private photo studios and other convenient locations. 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 Krupa who noted that, according to LinkedIn, people who include headshots receive 21 times more profile views and 9 times more ‘connection’ requests. “I heard about what Headshot Booker and Brookfield Properties were doing across the country and wanted to be a part of it. I’m are excited and grateful to work with the Innovation Connector to be able to contribute to such a great initiative.”
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 Innovation Connector Executive Director Ted Baker. “As we continue to open back up and slowly return to normal, we are grateful for this opportunity to help the members of our communities that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.”
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, the Innovation Connector and SpotMyPhotos, additional support is provided by Canon USA, Tether Tools, and PhotoFlashDrive.
Joe Krupa, a member of Peter Hurley’s ‘Headshot Crew’, is a retired Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy, award winning former news photographer for The StarPress and a Ball State University graduate. Joe owns J.R. Krupa Imaging, LLC in Albany, IN and is co-owner of the Police Social Media Academy based in Muncie with offices at the Innovation Connector. Joe is excited to be part of this nationwide effort to help those adversely impacted by job loss regain their footing in the job market.