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Headshots for Heroes

Jamie Joos Photography offers kindness and appreciation with every click of her camera

Heroes are part of the fabric of our community, and you don’t have to search too far to find them. Some are easily recognizable in their bright, robust firetruck or cartoon-covered scrubs. Others, however, are less apparent, quietly fulfilling their roles behind a desk in a second-grade classroom or stocking shelves at the local food shelf. Not only do we have a multitude of true inspirations among us, but we also have countless gracious souls who show gratitude and reverence and do all they can to ensure these local standouts know how much their sacrifice is valued. One of these people is Jamie Joos, owner and photographer of Jamie Joos Photography. 

“Jamie Joos Photography’s journey began with a passion for photography and a deep appreciation for the power of a well-captured image. I am all about capturing authentic and unique stories of every individual,” Jamie shares. Jamie specializes in portraits, headshots, and boudoir sessions and also offers photo booth rentals for special events. Her ideal clients are those looking to celebrate their individuality, create lasting memories, and feel empowered and uplifted through photography. One way she succeeds in this goal is through her program, Headshots for Heroes. Jamie says the inspiration for this endeavor came from a desire to give back to those who serve our communities selflessly. “Public safety professionals—such as firefighters, police officers, and paramedics—often don’t get the recognition they deserve. By offering them professional headshots at no cost, I want to show my gratitude and support and provide them with a valuable resource for their careers.”

Jamie explains that the process is designed to be straightforward and respectful of the professionals’ time. She coordinates with local departments to schedule sessions tailored to each individual’s needs, either at their location or her studio. Her approach is to highlight their professionalism and capture their genuine personality, all while ensuring they feel comfortable and confident. And Jamie’s generosity doesn’t stop there; soon she plans to expand Headshots for Heroes to include other essential workers like teachers and healthcare professionals. She knows they also play a crucial role in our communities and deserve recognition. 

The recipients of this initiative aren’t the only ones benefiting. “Headshots for Heroes has been incredibly fulfilling personally and professionally,” Jamie expresses. “It has allowed me to connect with and give back to my community in a meaningful way.” Professionally, she says it’s also broadened her network and reinforced the importance of her work. This is evident when you hear people talk about partnering with Jamie. You’ll often hear, “I had a blast!”, “She was so kind and patient,” and “Phenomenal!” proving that her clients walk away with much more than a gorgeous professional photo; they walk away with an enjoyable experience that makes them feel something. This is precisely what Jamie intends to provide. 

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, we expect that extra sense of pride and gratitude to swell for those who sacrifice their safety, time with loved ones, personal health and well-being, and much more. Let’s add to that list people like Jamie who offer beautiful tokens of appreciation, for it’s acts like these that keep the spirit of the community and kindness alive.

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  • Jamie Joos, owner and photographer of Jamie Joos Photography

Public safety professionals—firefighters, police officers, and paramedics—often don’t get the recognition they deserve. By offering them professional headshots at no cost, I want to show my gratitude and support.