Free Business Portraits for the Unemployed (yep, again!)

It has been too long since I last did the Free Magick Portraits for the Unemployed so I am doing it again in January. This time I will be doing free portraits for the unemployed at the Wachovia Center in South Philadelphia.

The event will be held during Fox 29’s ‘Job Shop’s Jobs Gone Wild’ on January 28th from 10am until 2:30pm. You will be able to see all the details after the first of the year at www.myfoxphilly.com and click on “Job Shop” right on the home page. Michelle Buckman, reporter for Fox 29 has graciously asked me to participate in the event and I have to admit that I am honored to say the least.

Free Magick Portraits for the Unemployed is my way of giving back to the community. Since I came up with the concept last summer hundreds of photographers from all over the world have asked me how they can put on their own events. I have had inquiries from Ireland, Perth Australia, Alberta Canada, Mexico, California, New York, Kansas, Washington State, Virginia, to name just a few. Below are just some of the photographers planning Free Magick Portraits sessions; some have been scheduled some are coming soon.

Kim Robbins – www.kimrobbins.net (California)
Richard Hockett – www.sunridgephoto.com (California)
Arnim Vogel – www.action-image.com (Canada)
Eugene Lane – www.eugenelanephotography.com (Ireland)

I have to say that I have never met a more grateful bunch of people in my life. Everyone is suffering the uncertainty and the stress of not knowing what is coming next; not knowing what they are going to do or how they are going to do it. Yet when they come sit for me, they smile and thank me. They are happy and positive. They know that this may help them and they are willing to show it. Each of them touches me in a way that I can’t describe.

Recently the LA Times wrote an article about a hair stylist who is doing a similar thing in New York. He is giving away haircuts for those in need and that are unemployed. He was only going to do it once but there was such a demand that he set aside a specific scheduled time to do them on a weekly basis. I know how it feels to give to someone in need and it feels good.

So if you are unemployed and want your picture done for your LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or other social media site, mark the date on your calendar. Come down to the Wachovia center on January 28th and get ready to have a productive day. You will have the chance to meet HR directors, Hiring Managers, myself and even Michelle Buckman from Fox 29! Don’t forget to bring resumes and lots of smiles. This is your chance to get the interview you want and to look your very best too.

In the mean time, check out the Job Shop on www.myfoxphilly.com and look for the announcement soon! Or E-mail me at freeshots@michaelalbany.com

Until next time,
Happy Shooting!

3 replies
  1. Mark Madere
    Mark Madere says:

    I see that you mentioned the photo is for use on several social networking web sites. Do you charge for prints or high res digital files from these sessions? How about retouching?

    Thank You.

    Mark Madere
    SpectraLight Photography

  2. Michael
    Michael says:


    I offer the prints at cost or an electronic version that is print ready in jpeg format. Retouching, the sitting, everything else is free. Only a print would have a fee of any kind and that is only from the printer. I make zero.

    Thanks for asking!

  3. Matthew Keane
    Matthew Keane says:


    I’ve forwarded this to several people in my network and hope to see you again on the 28th. Thanks for taking the time to help. My current picture is great however I hope to build up some additional shots to use across the different social sites.

    All the best.


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