When Selfies No Longer Cut It: Investing in Professional Headshots

You guys, last week, I got my hair chopped off and highlighted, I got my makeup done at a “makeup bar” in SoHo, and I got fancy headshots. I also bought new bras, but that’s less germane to the conversation.

Point being, I am usually a no makeup, no-spend-money-on-how-I-look-or-anything-I-deem-superficial kind of person, but it finally dawned on me that part of telling my story (yeah, storytelling, that thing I help people with for a living) is having visuals out there that represent me the way I want to look. Words are my default storytelling method, but they can only go so far.

Luckily my friend Michelle Ward (who helps creative women escape soul-sucking work for the lives they were meant to lead) recommended headshot photographer Amber Marlow, who totally got my vision of not just wanting pictures of me smiling against some doofy backdrop. We played around on the streets of SoHo, at a coffee shop and in Madison Square Park, and I love how the photos she got convey different sides of me and put me in the context of the city. (She even tagged along with me to a speaking gig I had at Ignite Gotham, so she could capture some photos of me on stage/ in action.)

Also, it turns out she goes to the same bra store I do. Small world.

I’m excited to share some of my favorite pictures from the shoot, below. If you like what you see, here are some tips and shout-outs (it takes a village); if you don't like what you see, shhh, don't tell me:

  • If you’re in the market for headshots in NYC, run, do not walk, to Amber. I'll be honest, she was more expensive than what I'd expected to spend; but these are also the first headshots I've ever gotten where I was THRILLED with the results, so...maybe it's the kind of thing we just need to spend a little money on.
  • If you want to feel extra pretty and glamorous, consider going to Pucker, the makeup bar I went to (huge thanks to my childhood friend Alyssa Kolsky Hertzig, a professional beauty editor, for the tip – I had no idea “makeup bar” was a thing); my makeup artist, Julio, was ebullient and lovely and they served me sparkling water in a champagne flute; I felt very fancy.
  • And if you live near Fort Greene Brooklyn, may I highly recommend The Owl & Pussycat Salon, where not only do they give a mean haircut-and-color, but also they have excellent taste in food (we bonded over a shared love of Emily’s Pizza, which John Tebeau turned me onto – honey and jalapeno with salty mozzarella cheese, that’s all I’m sayin’).

 Oh, and if you’re in the market for a good bra in Brooklyn, check out Iris Lingerie on Atlantic Ave. in Boerum Hill. That woman is magic ;).