Category Archives: work

Photography: what a professional headshot looks like!

TL;DR: You should be the feature of your head shot. Ease off the photoshop, weird props and non-professional clothes. Also no other people in your photos.

I feel passionate about a strong headshot especially for professional networking sites like LinkedIn.

What that means to me:

1: It’s a crop of your head and shoulders.

2: It’s in focus.

3: Your eyes are visible-no sunglasses, no hard glare if you wear glasses.

4: No one else is in the photo. I know you love your family, but no. NO.

5: NO ONE ELSE IS IN THE PHOTO. See number four above. This means you cannot simply crop someone else out of a photo. If it looks like someone has their arm around you, this is not a headshot.

6: You are not holding a photo frame, you aren’t eating food, you aren’t doing anything except being an easily identified person in a photo. IF (and this is a big IF), you are someone whose job is particularly related to a physical object, you may hold it. For example, a camera in a photographer’s hand, a knife in a chef’s hand. Most of the time, this looks staged and uncomfortable and worst of all, forces the crop to be too wide or from a distance when the focus should be your face.

7: The photo is not from your wedding. Sorry, you may have looked AMAZING and you had a professional take your photo. But you are clearly in your wedding attire and that’s not what one wears to work. It’s distracting.

8: Speaking of what you would wear to work, maybe your job is super casual. That’s great! You are super lucky! I’ve seen some super casual pictures on LinkedIn of both men and women in their swimsuits. Again, unless a swimsuit is DIRECTLY related to what you do for work (surfer, swimsuit model) I would still recommend throwing on an amazing casual button up and showing how versatile and flexible you are! At the end of the day, LinkedIn is a professional networking site in which people (and recruiters) are looking for business connections.

9: Oh, this one you would think would be obvious, but it’s not. It should be a picture of you. Not a car or a building or a cartoon version of you. It should be you. EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU ARE NOT GOOD LOOKING.

10: Piggy backing on number nine, the photo should not be over-photoshopped. Your lovely face should be recognizable if someone ran into you in a coffee shop. Resist using an old photo because you look younger. Your face is important and fight the good fight showing that brains are the most important part of a person’s work.

11: I don’t know how this one happens, (maybe a super small image being uploaded?) but make sure the photo fills the whole image. I’ve seen some photos surrounded by a blurry frame on LinkedIn.

12: Upload a photo and make sure the privacy settings show it.

12: No lens flare unless you are J.J. Abrams. And then it’s hilarious and you should have it.

Things to do:

1: Relax. You don’t have to smile but you can! I’d guess more people see you smiling than you see of yourself smiling. Give it a try but don’t force it. The best way to get a genuine smile is to think about someone you love or doing something you love!

2: Dress in something that you feel comfortable in. You don’t have to wear stuffy clothes. Go out and buy a new shirt if that makes you feel confident.

3: Roll your shoulders back, sit up straight and poke your head out like a turtle. Feels weird but looks great.

4: Find a professional photographer who takes good head shots. Or have someone take a photo of you in filtered light. Or get a selfie stick if you are desperate. But don’t take a selfie unless you are skilled at selfies and don’t use your wedding photo like we discussed above.

5: Don’t get caught up in perfection. No one is perfect. You don’t look perfect, your work isn’t perfect. Just upload a photo that you feel pretty good about and start networking! If you have thought long and hard about breaking one of the guidelines I’ve outlined here, well, it probably works for you! I’d encourage you to try what I have suggested and see if you find it to be useful in your professional career. At the end of the day, have a photo that features YOU. And if it makes you feel any better, I updated my own photo on LinkedIn after writing this with a picture I took on my phone using a selfie stick. Perfect? No. Does it look like me? Yes.

self portrait using a phone

selfie I used on LinkedIn. Here in the blog, you can see the fade from the image processing I used on my phone, but if you click through to LinkedIn, you can see it looks clear from being scaled down.

Need to see some examples? Check out a small image gallery I have here or here.

The challenge! Click here to go to LinkedIn and evaluate the photo you have. Could it be improved to show who you really are? If so, take a new one!

Portland wedding photography: Matt and Christina

I received a call from a good friend; his cousin wanted to get married the coming weekend-could I shoot the ceremony? Of course! It was a small gathering, and their most special guests were their family of dogs. (I am sure some of you can relate!)

matt and christina-portland wedding

We met in one of the parks in Sellwood. They wanted to be surrounded by nature, so we had the ceremony near a small pond surrounded by trees. After, the dogs ran free near the river and they celebrated with (so Portland!) Voodoo Doughnuts!

matt and christina-portland wedding

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matt and christina-portland wedding

Congrats to you both! Thanks for letting me be part of your big (little) day!

Portland Food Photography: Portland Juice Press

Okay seriously. This place is so good! I heard about it through someone on Instagram (can’t remember who), and I rode my bike up Milwaukee to visit it. It’s right by Bushwacker’s Cider.

portland juice company

They juice hundred’s of pounds of vegetables, fruit, and nuts every day. They specialize is juice fasts-you can actually have them deliver to your house or work. I just happen to like fresh juice and had a craving for a thick nut milk. So I picked out The Ohm. It was perfect. Exactly what I wanted: hazelnuts, dates, cinnamon, and filtered water.

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If you are undecided, they have no problem opening up bottles for you to sample the flavors. Next time, I am getting the lemon, ginger, honey one.

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They even have these vintage inspired postcards -FOR FREE! I took one or six.

portland juice company


avatars and business portraits

hey there!

i’m running a special: $25 for a portrait/avatar photo.


-we meet in the east valley

-i’ll shoot about 20 photos and send you the best one in color and black + white

-you’ll have your photo in less than a week

-payment due at time of shooting in cash (please provide an email)

-shoot will last less than 20 min (for those of you on a time crunch)

-special runs through the 12th of september

see more of my portraiture here.


(this one’s for jeff since he wanted to see his whole head.)

(i protest because he cut his wild mane.)

contact me through email (jamiecmulhern) (@) (gmail)(dot)(com)

or tweet to me!

new? car

so i recently sold my scooter and bought a car.

sad but happy.

i do like the ac in the summer. and being able to drive longer distances.

the car’s headlights had aged, and in lieu of replacing with expensive parts, i decided to try the headlight restorer kit sold for approximately 25 bones at the local car parts shop.

what do you think?



happy hour

today’s tasty beverage is fresh squeezed orange juice from my tree, vodka, a splash of vanilla extract, and a few mint leaves.

i almost went with sage, but i thought i would go more classic. that, and i have twice as much mint as sage, and sage is tastier friend in butter than swimming in alcohol.

this screwdriver pairs well with darning sweaters and mending torn pockets.

interview with joe

I knew who Joe was before I met him. He’s a bit of a local celebrity who dresses particularly and is known for his restaurants. But I knew him as the only person in my area who owned a Vespa. And I had just bought one. So about three years ago, I introduced myself, asked if I could go along on any group rides he was planning, and somehow found myself helping to open the future Liberty Market. But be careful! Once you are Joe’s friend, you must succumb to all kinds of crazy adventures-many of them involving blind taste tests of food. And believe me, this guy will wear you out! He’s made me visit more than five espresso joints in a day.

You can find many interviews with Joe and his journey of starting the Coffee Plantation, Joe’s Real BBQ, or the housing development complete with childhood-home-turned-restaurant Joe’s Farm Grill, but I would like to illuminate the more personal side of Joe. Because I dare to ask the questions!

JM: Please tell us a little about yourself.

JJ: That is an open question, so I’ll answer it a bunch of different ways.

I am happily married (to the lovely, talented, power-house: Cindy), have two married sons, and live in Gilbert.

I am chubby, moderate in build, wear a hat, have a titanium rod in my leg, blood pressure within the normal range.

I am self-deluded in thinking I can eat anything and not gain weight, that I am 30, that I am not dying, and certainly much more that I am oblivious to.

I am a visionary. I don’t mean that in a proud way any more than if I was to say that I am an artisan, a craftsman, or a farmer. The primary gift that God has given me is in the realm of ideas and how to advance them to become reality.

JM: I love the story of how you and Cindy met, would you mind sharing the tale?

JJ: At the time, I was an engineer and happily single, living in an apartment. I don’t mind being alone and don’t get bored easily, so I enjoyed working on cars and general tinkering. My mother was quite concerned that I would never get married. For one thing, she identified me as a nerd with fashion problems that might make me un-datable. To work on my fashion problem, she sent me to “Sincerely, Sandra”, a modeling and personal improvement shop at Dobson and Elliot. The basic idea was that the owner, Sandra, would color drape me and then teach me how to shop for clothes. Sandra is a vivacious lady of Lebanese ancestry. Through the process of figuring out that I was a “spring” and taking me shopping at Marshall’s, she decided I was a normal person, so she asked me if I would like to meet her sister. She hooked me up with her little sister, Cindy, who was living with Sandra and her husband at the time. It took me a while to get around to a first date. When we met, I thought she was beautiful … we got along fine. For many months we went out, just as friends and then we fell in love. That’s the best way.

JM: You have a distinct fashion style. Tell us how you created it and what your inspirations are.

JJ: My awareness of fashion started in the same way I met Cindy (see above). Since then, I have become more interested in fashion and have developed certain philosophies regarding dress:

1. Be comfortable with who you are and where you live.

I am a bit chubby (but cuddly), have a short inseam, a bald head, and ordinary looks (which I think of as a blessing). Doesn’t sound like a promising physique for fashion, but I have come to accept my situation and be happy about it. I also live in a warm state. Given these factors, I try to dress in ways that make sense. Being bald has opened up the world of hats, an area where people with hair seem timid to explore (except with the baseball cap [yuck!]). It protects from the sun and has many more options than hair. Being chubby, tight fitting clothes are a big no-no. Guayabera shirts are a favorite. They are loose fitting, a traditional shirt in warm climates, and come in great colors. I do not wear jeans. They emphasize the wrong part of my body. T-shirts: only at the gym.

2. Don’t go with the trends.

I used to wear classic Hawaiian shirts for the same reason as a Guayabera. Then they became popular and started showing up at Costco and all sorts of unstylish people started wearing them in horrible ways. I stopped wearing them. Hats have become popular again (I’ve been wearing them for 25 years), but most people buy cheap ones from China at Target, so it really hasn’t diluted quality hat wearing and I am not planning on abandoning hats. I avoid trends like “Affliction” shirts, Ed Hardy, and all of that stuff. I prefer classic, timeless pieces that go together well and last.

3. Buy quality.

I don’t buy poorly made stuff. It won’t last and it won’t feel good. That doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. Just be picky about quality, inspect your goods carefully, and then try to get the best price. For instance, my go-to fedoras are US made and are fashioned from wheat straw. They are very well made and cost about $35. Yes, that’s more than a Chinese “felt” fedora, but not that much more. It fits and lasts, plus you’re helping US workers. Some things are just plain expensive, but worth it. My LV “murse” is a great accessory that I use daily. It is SO well made and perfectly designed. It will last forever instead of some bad fitting, cheap mini-messenger bag. There’s some truth in the phrase “you get what you pay for”.

JM: Would you please share some Joe “before” pictures?


JM: Would you like to share an internet link?


Best food related periodical:

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Thanks again Joe for participating in my interview series! Please feel free to ask all your burning questions of Joe in the comments below!

And you can follow him on twitter (@realjoe)-although rumor is he might take a hiatus for a month in February!