I have the belief that if you have a special skill or talent, you should share it and help bring goodness into the world. For me, that skill is photography. I enjoy giving back to my community by being a photographer for non-profit organizations. In the past, I have been a part of Operation: Love Reunited and Inspiration Through Art. I have offered Halloween mini sessions as a can food drive. I’ve worked with a La Leche League chapter to create nursing portraits.
Past non-profit work includes:
Photographing shelter pets
This article on PetaPixel explains the importance of good pet portraits when it comes to pet adoption. These animals deserve more than a blurry snapshot taken through the bars of a cage. With many shelters and rescue groups having an online presence, a good portrait that shows some personality increases a pet’s adoptability.
Photographing headshots at Women’s Resource Center of Alamance County
The Women’s Resource Center of Alamance County is a wonderful organization on a mission to empower women. One of their programs is Women Connecting Women, which offers them resume help, mock interviews, and more. I help women update their professional image through a new business headshot.
Photographing military homecomings
When my husband was active duty in the Army, I volunteered my time to photograph other family’s homecoming ceremonies. There is nothing like the energy when you see those buses roll in at 3am, wait patiently through the speeches, and then the rush of running up to your soldier for the first hug in many months. It really was an honor to share these moments with the families.
Since I’m no longer near a base, I offer my military families a $50 print credit. All you have to do is show your ID at your ordering session.
Photographing children with special needs
A few years ago, I worked with a photography charity that centered around photographing children with special needs. Unfortunately, that group has since disbanded but during my time with them I had the honor of meeting a handful of very special children. I love working with them in their own environment and creating portraits based on their own unique abilities. As a photographer, I have experience photographing children with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADHD, and more.
Unicorn Portraits for
North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center
With a rainbow-maned minature horse and some childhood imagination, we created a fun portrait session that delighted children of all ages. This special portrait event raised $1000 for NCTRC.