I was frantically preparing to leave for a three-week vacation when I received an email from a London-based photography agency. They were looking for a Baltimore business headshot photographer for Citywire, a financial services industries publisher. I almost didn’t respond — for one thing, I wasn’t sure it was legitimate. But I went ahead and sent my rates and examples of my work. And put it out of my mind. Four days later I was hired! I packed my gear and drove to Hunt Valley, MD to the headquarters of Verdence Capital Advisors.
Leo Kelly is the CEO of Verdence. One of Citywire’s publications, Registered Investment Advisor magazine, was doing a profile of Leo and his firm. They needed photos for the cover and internal spread. As instructed, Leo came prepared with several suits, shirts, ties and accessories (we ended up using about three of them). We quickly proceeded to shoot in several locations throughout their offices. Bonus: they have a video studio! Leo and his marketing director could not have been more friendly or professional. I downloaded the images and sent them off to the magazine. The entire process was seamless and incredibly pleasant.
The moral of the story: you never know where your next job will come from. I try to respond to all legitimate inquiries, though these days it’s getting harder and harder to distinguish real inquiries from spammers and hackers. This reinforces my belief that every inquiry is worth a reply. To see more of my business headshots and portraits visit Business Headshots.