Last Friday afternoon I accepted a volunteer leadership position with an organization I am a member of. It is a fantastic opportunity for me to do legal work in a field I care about, and a great way to expand my network since I’ll be moving to Chicago and basically starting my professional network there from scratch.
Once I’d accepted, I received a final request that said (paraphrasing here): “Thanks! Please submit your professional head shot to xxxxxxxxx at [email address] for inclusion in our leadership directory.
…. ummm, my professional head shot? Do people normally have those just sitting around?
Working as a government policy-maker (and not in an Office of General Counsel or fancy-schmancy law firm) has some great perks. I get to make decisions like, we should do this instead of that “for policy reasons.” So, even though an idea is technically legal I can argue against it just because it sounds stupid/inefficient/like a bad idea/is unsupported by research/ or is otherwise unlikely to help families and children as much as another idea could or would. I never have to work more than 40 hours each week and I get great benefits. But there are things the job doesn’t include that I miss: things like CLE and bar expense reimbursements, administrative leave for lawyer training events and conferences, business cards (yes, really), and a reason and venue for taking professional head shots.
I’ve been working a little at a time to fill these tiny gaps in my portfolio. Earlier this year I ordered beautiful name cards from www.minted.com to use while networking, and I was incredibly impressed with the quality of the design and paper/printing. Today, I had an emergency photo shoot with Gretchen from Honey I Shrunk the Gretchen so I could send a head shot to the organization. We met up during my lunch break today and had a 30-minute photo shoot plus meet-and-greet in the L’Enfant Plaza-Smithsonian area. The weather was perfect, Gretchen was fantastic (and funny!), and our hastily planned quick-and-dirty photo shoot was a huge success.
Check out a few photos from today’s session! I think Gretchen did a wonderful job of making me look smart AND pretty, and that’s exactly what I was hoping for. We were able to squeeze in a few more casual shots too, which I will be revealing soon as the blog gets a facelift over the next few months. Adding professional-quality photos to the blog, linked-in, and other social media accounts has been a goal of mine since last November, and I’m excited to have one more item checked off of that list.