Free head shots for furloughed federal employees

Life throws us curveballs from time to time. If you know my story, you know I know a thing or two about those pesky pitches. I was a stay at home mom for 11 years and when my husband left me, my world immediately was filled with a lot of uncertainty. After being out of the work force for so long, I honestly didn’t even know where to begin. And then despite my fears and lack of business and technical camera knowledge at the urging of friends I decided to start a photography business.

Yup, that’s right. I took on my first paying client for $50, shot in auto, provided them with images with not so great lighting, slapped a logo on the pictured, posted it on Facebook and called myself a photographer. lol. I’ve come a long ways in the last 8 years but I’m thankful I didn’t let my fear stop me from trying. I fell in love with building relationships with people and providing them with memories for them to enjoy for generations. Since then I’ve invested tens of thousands of dollars into my business in equipment and education and am so happy with the business I’ve built. If you want to know more about my life you can read about it here.

So back to curveballs… there are many in our community who are in a position they didn’t expect to find themselves in. Many government and federal contracted employees have been furloughed because there is a lack of funds. So here’s an opportunity for me to give back to those who recently have found themselves without a paycheck.

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If you are a local federal employee not being paid and potentially need a professional headshot to use for a new job search please email me and we will hook you up with an in-studio free headshot during the month of January.

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This is not politically driven. This is simply me taking a step to give back and make my own small difference for those being impacted by things outside of their control.

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Heather is the owner of Sweet Lemonade Photography and co-owner of Sweet Darling Weddings located in central Illinois (Mahomet).  Life gave her a bunch of lemons (you can read a little more here on her personal blog Sweet Lemonade Life) and by keeping her focus on God, finding the positive in each day, and surrounding herself with supporting, loving and encouraging people she has turned those lemons into the sweetest lemonade.  Her personal blog has been created to share her heart, her adventures and find ways to bless others.  You can contact her at or

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