Local photographer providing headshots to help jobless Texans

By Joselyn Hofer | Times Editorial Intern
Posted 7/20/20

With the pandemic raging across America, many Katy area residents have lost their jobs. This is why John Glaser, a local photographer, is working with Headshot Booker and Brookfield Properties to …

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Local photographer providing headshots to help jobless Texans

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With the pandemic raging across America, many Katy area residents have lost their jobs. This is why John Glaser, a local photographer, is working with Headshot Booker and Brookfield Properties to provide 10,000 unemployed Americans with a professional headshot.

Glaser will be taking the complimentary headshots beginning, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Brookfield property in the Woodlands Mall. Headshots are open to anyone who is unemployed but anyone who participates must schedule a time on the website, HeadshotBooker.com. Glaser’s service extends to 50 states with over 200 photographers creating pop up studios at every Brookfield retail location nationwide. Having experience with unemployment, Glaser understands the hardships most of these people are going through, he said.

“When I was in high school my dad lost his job and it really affected our family,” Glaser said. “I personally understand how hard it was for him and for our family and I just want to help someone who is going through this time. I am excited and grateful to be able to contribute to such a great initiative. My dad didn’t have the chance to get a professional headshot when he lost his job and I am happy to be able to help someone who might not be able to afford this service.”

Along with Glaser, the idea for 10,000 Headshots came from Tony Taafe, the co-founder of Headshot Booker; portrait photographer, Peter Hurley; and national event photographer, Lauren Lieberman. Taafe also had experience with unemployment through his dad and saw what it was like, he said.

“Unemployment impacts everyone and everything associated with that person,” Taafe said. “Thanks to our partners … we will be able to help thousands of unemployed Americans put their best foot forward and help them get back to work.”

The event is a unique opportunity and Brookfield Properties are happy to help the community with this project, said Chief Marketing Officer, Michelle Synder.

“We are proud and excited to host the 10,000 Headshots initiative across our portfolio,” Snyder said.  “As we continue to welcome guests back to our centers, we are grateful for this opportunity to help the members of our communities that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.”

Of course, participants’ safety will be a top priority when shooting the photos, said Synder. All photographers will follow safety regulations that include social distancing and specific hygiene practices.

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