The Hundred Dollar Headshot
The Hundred Dollar Headshot began as an experiment. One weekday, I was considering some ways to make additional money on the side. I had never really shot headshots professionally before, nor had I really considered pursuing it at all. However, I knew there was a market of people out there seeking to get a headshot for less than the typical market cost. Not everyone wants to spend $300 to $500 on a headshot; nor can everyone just spend that much on a portrait session. Some people just want one simple headshot, at a one-simple-headshot price. So, one Saturday I reserved the studios at WELD for an entire day, booked a full day of headshots, and began shooting, and The HDH was born.
An excerpt from a piece written for Dallas' LaunchDFW
Employability Has A New Starting Place: Your Face
by Skyler Fike
It was my first year of high school—circa 2001—and as a course requirement, the freshman were obliged to take a class on leadership development. Mrs. Carpenter taught us all the essentials for making a good first impression. Shake hands this way. Say this. Don’t say that. Smile big. Look ‘em in the eye. Remember his or her name. Etc., etc. All things paving the path to employability. But her curriculum lacked the foresight to predict the biggest game-changer in the 21st century job hunt: the headshot.
Think back to a world where selfies didn’t exist. At the turn of the century, digital portraits didn’t matter all that much because the technology it took to produce them was either remarkably expensive or the hardware needed to support them wasn’t easily accessible. During this time––if you even had a cell phone––you were probably using one of those little Nokia flip phones. Or if you were cool and your parents were rich, you had a Razr (side note: if you want to make something techy sound cool, take out the “e” before the “r". It seems like both Razr and Grindr are really onto something here. Tinder missed out on the fun.). The newly integrated back-of-the-phone (i.e. not front-facing) cameras were just being integrated into mobile technology. Those crummy, low-resolution images of your thumb covering the lens are hard to forget.