Complimentary Headshots for Unemployed Job Seekers

It’s more than a picture.


DeMayne has provided complimentary headshots to unemployed job seekers since 2020. The initiative was started to help boost morale during COVID – The tradition continues today.

“A headshot is so much more than a picture. Not only is it a crucial element in the hiring process but the experience alone boosts confidence, raises self-esteem, and changes self-perceptions that we all struggle with.”, says DeMayne.


Change Perceptions. Change Lives.


If I can help people feel more confident and stand a little bit taller when I photograph them, then I’m fulfilling the Shoot Forward mission“, DeMayne adds.

DeMayne founded Shoot Forward in 2018 as his way of utilizing photography to give back to the community. Since 2018, DeMayne has provided over 2000 complimentary headshots to the unemployed, transitioning veterans, and citizens returning to society after incarceration.

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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.

It’s more than a picture!


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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Support Shoot Forward


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

DeMayne will set up his headshot station at job fairs, conferences, events, or at your tradeshow booth 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 or booking a session for yourself (we are self-funded).

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.



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

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