Since I started this blog 3 years ago, I’ve been meaning to get some professionally done headshots of myself. The photo I’ve been using all of these years was taken on my friend’s iPhone one afternoon, and although it’s served me well, I knew it had its day in the sun. 

jessica-moorhouse-financial-expertThe thing is, I’m cheap and hiring a professional photographer is expensive. I still remember how much my HB and I paid for our wedding photos, and man did I not want to shell out close to that amount for just a few headshots for my blog.

Of course, I don’t regret a single dime I spent on those wedding photos because they are absolutely gorgeous and will last a lifetime. But knowing me, I’ll probably want to update profile photo again in a year or two anyway, so if I can get some new headshots for free, then that’s what I’m gonna do.

So, I did what any frugal person would do and turned to Craigslist. I did a quick search to see if any photographers were looking for models and low and behold someone was. His posting looked pretty legit and it included a link to his portfolio which was another plus.

Still, it’s hard to tell if someone is or isn’t a murderer based on their Craigslist posting alone, so after a few emails we talked on the phone to discuss the photo shoot. The reason he was looking for models was to expand his portfolio as a relatively new photographer, and in return for two hours of modelling I’d get some shots I could use for my blog.

It sounded like a great opportunity, so I told him I’d do it. And my husband would be joining me of course. Word to the wise, if any of you ever consider doing something like this, please remember to bring a friend just to be safe (this guy was legit, but there are some major perves on Craigslist and Kijiji).

The morning of the shoot I got up a bit early to give myself enough time to do my hair and make-up. Just as an fyi, I am not a girly girl by any means. I still don’t really know how to put eyeliner on without smudging it and I only own two lipsticks which I barely use. I’m a foundation, mascara, lip balm kind of girl, but I wanted to make sure I looked a bit more camera-ready for this shoot.

Along the same lines, I am definitely not a model. The most I know is how to “smize” and even then it kind of just looks like I’m squinting angrily. Also, when I thought I was doing my version of “blue steel,” I was really just bulging my eyes out like a deer about to be hit by a car.

Still, two hours of pretending to be a model didn’t seem like it would be that big of a deal. Little did I know that two hours can actually seem like a very long time when you have no idea what you’re doing. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but modelling is actually really hard! And physical! I was sweating like a whore in church near the end, no lie.

Luckily, the photographer Nik was really helpful in showing me how to angle my body to get the right shots. About half-way through I started getting a bit more comfortable in front of the camera, and what I got back were some pretty great photos. Who knew I had it in me?

Now that I’ve got this great headshot to replace my old one, I feel like my blog refresh is almost complete. All I need now is a nice banner image I can use to replace the one of Toronto I took from my balcony.

For that, I’m actually thinking of investing in a DSLR camera and getting a bit creative. I’ve been wanting to buy myself one for years, but again, they ain’t cheap. However, since I’ve been pretty good at sticking to my budget lately, I think this is the year I’m finally gonna spend the cash and just do it!

Have you ever turned to Craigslist to get something for free? I’d love to hear your story!

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