EMPOWERING OTHERS THROUGH OUR HEADSHOT SESSIONS

WITH JIM MCANDREW

Empowering Others Through Our Headshot Sessions

When I took up photography several years ago, I had no idea the impact an image could have on someone. My name is Jim McAndrew and I am a headshot and portrait photographer located just outside Philadelphia in Phoenixville, PA.

I started noticing things while shooting team photos at my children’s school, particularly with the middle school girls. Getting them to give a genuine smile then showing them the pictures and telling them how beautiful they were, put a spring in their step. I felt like Geoffrey from Toys R Us, as I had turned a frown upside down. It felt pretty good. But none of those experiences was quite as profound as what happened in one of my recent headshot sessions.

The Session

I was in the studio with another parent from school taking headshots for her nutritional counseling business. The shoot was fantastic. She was listening to direction and we were having a lot of fun. After the shoot, we were relaxing and picking which images she’d like to purchase. She stated that she had a budget for four pictures and we had it narrowed them down to five. In my mind, one of the images doesn’t belong. The collar is messed up, etc. But she keeps saying how much she likes it and that it’s speaking to her.

At this point, she turns to me and says, “I don’t know if you know or not, but I was abused. I have always been a person who was timid, almost like a mouse. I never saw myself as a strong person, but when I look at this image, I look like a badass. This is more the person I see myself as and the person I am becoming. I look beautiful in these pictures.”

Later that night she texted me saying, “I have been on such a high since that session. I am shocked at what a boost this gave me. It sort of changed the view I had of myself. Incredibly empowering.”

To think that we can help change the way a person views themselves is profound.

I have a different thought process going into sessions now. It’s not just to get a good shot, it is to show people a side of themselves that they don’t normally see or that they don’t think is a part of who they are. My goal is to connect with them during the session in such a way that creates the atmosphere to be able to accomplish this.

When this happens, it definitely makes my day!

JIM MCANDREW

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Photographer at Jim McAndrew Photography

My name is Jim McAndrew and I am a headshot and portrait photographer located just outside Philadelphia in Phoenixville, PA.

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