Houston-native announces new job in engagement-like photo shoot
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Baby and engagement announcements are very popular with couples. People love sharing their exciting news with a photo shoot. But Houston-native Benita Abraham took it to a whole other level.
Abraham is originally from Houston but lives in California. She was recently offered a new job. Instead of updating her loved ones by phone or on social media, she decided her job announcement was photo shoot worthy.
She recruited a couple of her friends to help.
"We were just having these great ideas. Our Facebook feeds are full of engagement shoots and baby shoots," Liju Mathew said.
Mathew, who is also originally from Houston and has been friends with Abraham for 20 years, took the photos with Abraham's cellphone over the weekend on Long Beach.
One of the photos shows Abraham lying down on the beach with the framed letter of the job offer and a sign that says, "I said yes!" Another one shows her holding a pair of shoes that she would wear on her first day of work. The shots were all similar to what couples do during baby or engagement announcements.
Abraham posted the album of 17 photos on her Facebook page with the caption:
"So excited to share my happy news with my FB family! I finally found my soulmate, my perfect match, my boo. After 7 long months, I found the perfect job with a company that truly cares about its employees and one I will learn so much from."
Abraham told Forbes that people shouldn't be shy about celebrating their accomplishments.
"I'm not making a stance on marriage or children or anything like that, but there are other celebrations like academic celebrations, and career or even finding your faith, whatever it might be, taking a trip," Abraham said.
According to Forbes, Abraham was working with a health care IT company until she and many others were laid off in December. She had applied to hundreds of jobs, and finally found one that in the same field that she was really excited about.
Mathew said he was surprised at how quickly her photos went viral. They didn't expect this type of internet fame.
"We joked about, but we really thought only 300 likes would be a hit. But we did not expect this at all," Mathew said.
Abraham started her new job in June. We wish her luck and many years with her new company!