Guest Blogger, studio

Since many coming through my studio doors are actively job searching I am excited to share this guest blog post with you: Meet Mir Garvy, owner of Job Market Solutions in Raleigh, NC. We all know Raleigh is hot for jobs right now, but it’s also hot for job competition and getting your foot in the door may be harder than ever. She and her team provide resume and cover letter writing services and get your Linkedin profile where it needs to be to attract the attention of recruiters and companies (and hey hey, this is where a gorgeous new headshot comes into play!). We updated her team photos in the studio recently; since resume writing happens via email, these photos are the perfect way for clients to “meet” their writer. Read on her for her tips for creating a successful job search and see her experienced writers pictures below!

Build a Dream Team to Accelerate Your Job Search

If you listen to or read about successful people, you’ll begin to see certain patterns. One pattern I notice is that whether we’re talking about an Olympic athlete, a beloved politician, or an Academy Award winner, they all had people who helped them succeed.

No one advances in a vacuum.

It’s no different for a job seeker. If you want a better job, conduct a better job search. And the best job search begins when you draft a team of helpers. There are three kinds of professionals you should consider hiring if you want to land a job that fits you perfectly.

Career or Life Coach

If you’re not sure of the direction your search should take, a career coach will point you in the right direction. A career coach will clarify and advance your thinking process, saving you time and trouble if you are new to the work force or considering a career change.

If you are miserable in your present job, if you are ready to enter semi-retirement, or if you’ve always dreamed of a career in an unusual or limited field, a career coach should be your first stop, even before you have a resume.

A second kind of coach is the interview coach. When you know what kind of job you are aiming for, the interview coach will help you prepare so you present yourself in the best light. He or she will practice and role play with you to build your confidence and to develop the skills that help you navigate an interview.

Hire the interview coach after you have a current resume.

Resume and LinkedIn Profile Writer

Of course, every job seeker needs a resume, a concise but thorough, impressive, and well-formatted one. At Job Market Solutions, we can help with your resume, with your LinkedIn profile, and with your cover letter, too. We’ve helped over 2,500 people secure the jobs they wanted.

Headshot Photographer

Although your resume won’t show a photo of you, no LinkedIn page is complete without one. The stats say that LinkedIn pages with a photo attract 14 times as many views as those without one. Your face is the first thing visitors to your page see. The right photograph will make people want to read about you. The wrong photo (or no photo) will prompt them to bypass your page.

Forbes wrote about how your LinkedIn photo determines much more than you think.

I always encourage job applicants to hire a professional photographer for a LinkedIn profile photo. You’ll use it on your own LinkedIn page, but you can also use it on your Facebook page, your Twitter feed, or on your blog or website.

You might be thinking that you or a friend can take a good enough picture, but I’ve seen multiple things that can go wrong. To name a few: bad lighting, unflattering clothing, bad cropping, focus that’s too sharp or too soft, colors too intense or faded, a facial expression that’s not friendly or is “too friendly,” a pose that is too casual or too formal, or an image that doesn’t really look like you in real life.

A photo taken by a trained portrait photographer gives the message that you take your career seriously, and that you’ve invested time, intelligence, and money in your professional life.

Have you drafted your dream team yet?                 

About Mir Garvy, MS, CPRW – My resume writing firm helps job seekers just like you land jobs with companies like Amazon, SAS, Google, Duke University, Travelocity, Cisco Systems, GlaxoSmithKline, Expedia, and IBM.


Composite headshots make bad weather reschedules a thing of the past.

You may not have noticed but Raleigh broke some records last year for all of the wrong reasons. More rainy, wet and gray days than ever before and trust me as someone who works outside regularly, it was quite a bummer! Some sessions can wait for a sunny day but what if you have executives in town for only that one day? What if you want the look of a gorgeous office space but you work in a cluttered cubicle or the look of a downtown street without the humidity wreaking havoc on your hair? Shooting in our Raleigh studio and editing the background after is a cost effective and easy way to create the look you want.

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Composite images can be taken in studio on simple backgrounds that work well on their own; or you can take things up a notch in post processing. Professional headshot and composite photos are a great way to maintain a consistent brand for your company, group or team. New team members added at a later time will maintain the same lighting and perspective ensuring a uniform brand wherever your photos are displayed. We can even take a background photo of a location you have in mind for a custom look whatever the season or weather.

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We bring the studio to you, on location headshots happen right in your office. While our studio is a great option for many Raleigh – Durham businesses some prefer to to have the studio come to them.

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Family Business Institute needed updated photos of their board of directors. While some live in North Carolina others do not, making cohesive branding photos a little more tricky. They meet for a once a year in person, and this year was at the beautiful North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh. The original plan was outdoor photos using the beautiful grounds but an unusually rainy 2018 left us with plan B: a portable studio look.

They opted for a medium / dark gray background which is a great neutral look for corporate headshots. We met before the meetings began and provided light make up retouching and a quick (and painless!) photo session of each person without disrupting the schedule. When a date is already scheduled for meetings and team gatherings, adding on location headshots is an easy way to update your branding and providing each employee with a headshot without any added stress. Having a make up artist on site is highly recommended to make the day run smoothly and have everyone looking photo-ready.

On location headshots can be anything you like; using the surrounding location indoors or outdoors, backdrops ranging from white to black (or a unique pop of color!), or a digital composite background added after the session. We can set up in any available space and work within the confines of just about any schedule. Contact us if you would like to add headshots to your next corporate event!

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I don’t often work while on vacation but when your client is your beautiful Mom, you make it happen! All About Smiles is an established St. Augustine, Florida dental practice updating their website and personal branding as their staff grows. Dr. Nathan Nemecek specializes in family dentistry, simple sedation and cosmetic dentistry as well as root canals and dental implants.

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They opted for an outdoor photo session as their dental office is surrounded by lush tropical plants (not something we see too often in Raleigh, NC!). It was a hot Florida summer day so we worked fast to avoid the sweat and the result was a look very custom to their practice. Some practices choose to wear matching scrubs for headshot photos but I find a variety of looks in complimenting colors works as well.

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Staff photos are more important than ever with the role that websites and social media play in marketing for a competitive market.

Headshots were the main priority on this day but we also shot a few photos of the building, some working shots from inside the practice and an updated team photo. And I mentioned my mom – I can’t end this post without sharing her beautiful photo as well!

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headshots happy hour, studio

Happy Hour, friends, mimosas and a headshot – updating your personal brand has never been so much fun!

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Introducing Headshots and Happy Hour, a private social event for you and your coworkers, friends or professional networking group. It’s all of the world’s best things rolled into one day. Your best friends, lots of laughs, professional make up application & amazing new photos for your business profile, LinkedIn, and social media all at a group rate. Oh, and did we mention the mimosas are on us?

Available for groups of 4+ in our Raleigh studio or at a location of your choosing. Each person receives photo-ready make up application, a 20 minute photo session, complimentary drinks/snacks and 20 retouched proofs to select from. One digital image file of your choosing is included.

Happy Hour Headshot dates are limited so plan a month in advance.

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Full details are available on this page: Headshots & Happy Hour

Just bring is your beautiful self and your beautiful friends, leave the rest up to us!