Job Hunters Can Get Free Headshots July 22 at Oakwood Center

NEW ORLEANS  – Photographer Noel Marcantel will be taking free headshots from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22  at the Oakwood Center in Gretna. The photos are available to anyone currently unemployed. Visit for details and to schedule a time to be photographed. The event is part of a national 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. More than 200 photographers will participate across all 50 states. Photos will be provided to participants on site through event photo sharing platform SpotMyPhotos.

“New Orleans, like so many other places, was hit hard by COVID-19 and I was looking for ways to help my neighbors get back on their feet,” said Marcantel who noted that, according to LinkedIn, people who include proper headshots receive more profile views and connection requests. “When Headshot Booker approached me to represent New Orleans as part of this team, I can’t even tell you how quickly I said ‘yes.’ People deserve to author the first chapter of their comeback story, and we do that by producing a great headshot for them. I’m excited and grateful to contribute to such a great initiative.”

10,000 Headshots is the brainchild of Tony Taafe, who co-founded Headshot Booker with 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.

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“I know firsthand that the effects of unemployment extend well beyond an individual,” said Taafe. “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.”

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