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Bozeman photographer helps unemployed with professional photos

Bozeman photographer helps unemployed with professional photos
Posted at 8:30 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 22:30:13-04

BOZEMAN — On Wednesday, Dave Shepard was using his photography skills for a good cause.

“This is a way we can use our skills to give back," said the photographer. "Help some people hopefully they leave here not with just a picture but with a little more confidence and feeling a little better about things and help them with their job search.”

Shepard is helping out as a part of a national campaign that is taking head-shots of 10,000 unemployed Americans. He is photographing almost 30 people from around the Bozeman community.

“We’re really trying to give back to the people that lost a job due to COVID-19 that are on their job search," he said. "Help them with a professional head-shot they can use on social media.”

Having a head-shot on an online profile can greatly enhance the prospect of being hired.

“On linked-in in particular you’re like 14 times more likely to be seen and you get nine times more connection requests than if you have no photo or a not great one," Shepard said. "Hopefully something we can do to help out.”

With a community that has been so good to him, it was the least he could do.

“I’ve never been in a more giving place," Shepard said. "We just see a lot of great things that are happening from this. This is just a skill I had and an opportunity of something I could do.”