Free Headshots for Unemployed Job Seekers

DeMayne has provided free headshots to unemployed job seekers since 2020. The initiative started as a way to help boost people’s morale during COVID. The tradition continues to this day.

If I can help others stand a bit taller and feel more confident, then I’m fulfilling the Shoot Forward mission“, says DeMayne.

DeMayne founded Shoot Forward in 2018 as a way to give back to the community and pay it forward by utilizing photography as a medium.

The Numbers Don’t Lie


In a recent LinkedIn survey, over 200 HR professionals, business owners, and hiring managers were asked questions related to LinkedIn profile images. The results were somewhat alarming…

79% of respondents said that a candidate’s LinkedIn headshot helps them get to know a person better.

70% of those surveyed admitted that they overlook candidates without LinkedIn profile pictures.

96% of respondents rank LinkedIn profiles with professional headshots higher than those without.

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It’s more than a picture!


A headshot is more than just a picture. It’s a crucial element in the hiring process, and more important than many people think.

In the same survey, 82% agreed that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. However, 71% also admitted to rejecting a candidate at least once solely based on their profile picture. Think about that for a second…

82% of those surveyed agreed that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

71% admitted to rejecting a candidate at least once based on their profile picture alone.

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We partner with employment agencies and non-profits in Ohio & PA to provide FREE headshots to unemployed job seekers.

DeMayne will set up his mobile headshot studio at job fairs, conferences, and events to provide complimentary headshots.

If you’re an employment agency, or non-profit, please get in touch to partner with us.

You can also help support the mission by making a donation, booking a session for yourself, or simply sharing this page.

Sponsorship opportunities also available.


APPLY HERETo qualify, unemployed job seekers should be actively looking for employment opportunities.

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