The Wisdom of Women – A Photographic Investigation opens on November 3rd


I approached nine women with the idea of photographically representing their fiercely passionate spirit and purpose for life. Each of the women gave their permission to be part of the exhibit and each of the women has a movie-worthy story to tell.

Charlene Chiang Hillman lives in Weston and is the daughter of a Chinese princess and is the recently retired Social Worker for the Town of Weston. Penny Pearlman lives in Westport and is: a writer, a painter, an artist, a Flamenco dancer, and author of “Pretty Smart – Lessons from Our Miss Americas”. Marjolijn de Jager of Stamford is a survivor of the WWII Japanese internment camps on the island of Borneo and is a peace activist. Westport’s Julie Belaga ran for governor of the State of Connecticut in 1986 on the Republican ticket and served in the Connecticut House of Representatives from 1974 to 1986. Fairfield’s Ingrid Bloom is a painter and a lake swimmer. Dr. Darla Shaw teaches graduates and undergraduates in literacy-based courses needed to perform in today’s classrooms at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, she plays in three bands, is the oldest senior band in the Wilton Steel Drum band and the Long Lake Kazoo band and runs drum circles for people with special needs. Dr. Dee Unterbach is a Westport-based psychotherapist, is an avid lap-swimmer, and is an advocate for the rights of the aged. Anne Fiyalka, as valedictorian of her high school class, flew with airplane pilot Amelia Earhart and is now a weaver and is in charge of the volunteers at the Easton Senior Center. Westporter Isabel Boardman practices the art of Tai Chi, is an adventuress, and was a concert singer in New York and Austria.

The opening of the photo exhibit is on Saturday November 3 from 3-6 pm at Xpozur Gallery, 263 Riverside Avenue in Westport. The public is invited. Call 203-927-3228 for more information; for additional information about the gallery visit


Let’s set the scene: Its 5:00 pm, Friday evening. The email just came in. The article you wrote for “ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE” has been accepted for publication, a prestigious coup for your company, and one you have worked hard to make happen. Congratulation! Your assistant has just shared the good news.

There is only one request from the magazine: they require a headshot to accompany the article. They inform you that it needs to be a high resolution TIFF file and they need it immediately. The article will only be printed if you provide the photo.

OH NO!!! You don’t have one? You have to scramble to get one? Where do you go? Who do you call? How much will it cost? What should you do?

The moral of this story is – don’t let this happen to you. You don’t have to find yourself scrambling to get a professional headshot at the last minute. As a professional, no matter what your industry may be, you will need a professional headshot, long before a press publication requires it. Knowing this, get this done sooner rather than later.

The good news is – there are professional photographers in almost every city. From the moment you begin seeking work to the day you start working, you should have a professionally photographed headshot as part of your portfolio.

In fact, in this day and age, given that some people get to know you online before they meet you in person, and any publication worth it’s salt requires a photo with any publishable work, everyone who wants to be taken seriously in business, MUST have an up-to-date, professional photograph of themselves. No excuses. We are not talking about your Bar Mitzvah picture or a casual cell phone photo or a photo taken by your kid on a family trip. Oh no! As a working professional you need a photograph that tells people who you are inside and out, what your goals are for yourself and your company, and they need to know you are a consummate professional and that you and your company are capable of delivering the professional goods. Isn’t it time to plan on getting a great business headshot?

Think of all the ways you can use a professional photo – website, brochures, Linkedin, business cards, articles, book jackets, press releases. It might just be the most important thing you can do for yourself and your business. Isn’t it worth doing right? Contact a professional photographer today.

The powerful use of photographs

Photographs say so much about you… whether you understand the rules of the game you are in, the expectations that you will make yourself available to be as authentic and real looking as you are. If you are a professional yet you do not take the time of effort to present yourself professionally, what would this say about you?
That you don’t care that much, that you don’t know how, that you are not ready to get out there, that you don’t like yourself enough to give yourself what you need to become all you can be in your desired profession…. i think so actually.
So, what would be the most caring and loving thing to do for yourself?
Get a great professional image so that you can be proud to get yourself out there in the world in a powerful, beautiful or handsome way.
The photo says so much… why not tell the best story you can about yourself….
get a great professional portrait done.