Photography is a GIFT!

I was thinking today about all that I’ve been blessed with…so much…too many things to list! It occurred to me a while back that photography is a gift. I mean that in every sense. It’s a skill or gifting that I have and it’s a gift that I love giving to people. There is nothing like capturing a bride or a family and seeing them cherish that gift. But, since I’ve been thinking about being blessed and having a gift to give, I’ve also been thinking about giving it away! I know I charge for my services because I have bills like everyone else. But, I pay my bills and after that I want to give back.

Where am I going with this? If you are a photographer and you love photography as much as I do…find a way that you can bless someone with the gift of photography. Here’s a couple ways I’m looking at:

-find a women’s shelter and volunteer to take pictures of families. (possibly families that left in a hurry and left all their memories behind) Pictures can help them create new memories and start over.

-the ministry of “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep” is incredible! They’re always looking for photographers willing to give of their time and their talents to serve families who have lost a child.

-find a family that could never afford you…and surprise them with a gift certificate for a shoot!

-visit a senior home or retirement community and offer to come in for an afternoon! Shoot and print images free of charge…memories for them and for their families. Priceless!

-One of my friends offers her services to families that have a member with a terminal illness. She comes in every couple of months or weeks and captures the family together.

The ideas are endless! I’m sure you have many that I haven’t listed I WANT TO HEAR YOUR IDEAS! Let’s all commit to do something this year that doesn’t have anything to do with growing our business. We’re doing it because photography is a gift and is meant to be shared.

Katie - January 9, 2009 - 3:51 pm

I love these ideas…some I’ve done; some I haven’t, but I hope to!….. I’m a member of NILMDTS and another one I’m a member of is Operation Love Reunited…photographing our soldiers and their families when they leave for depoloyment or return. I did a session with a husband and wife at the airport when he came in from Iraq right before Christmas. It’s on my blog if you get a sec to peek…

Melissa Gruber - January 10, 2009 - 3:04 pm

LOVE the ideas…you are so wonderful…thanks for sharing your gift with us.

Pamela @ Frugal Vet Tech (Student) - January 10, 2009 - 4:14 pm

Those are great ideas, Noemi. If I had a photography business, I’d consider doing them. Wait a second, I don’t *need* a photography business to offer to take pictures of someone. I could still find families who can’t afford a photographer and offer to do photographs for them. I could contact a women’s shelter and offer to take pictures of people there. It wouldn’t be the same as them getting photos from a professional photographer, but it’s still a way I (or anyone else with a camera) could use their photography skills to help others. What a great idea!

I was going to mention soldiers and their families, but someone else beat me to it!

Liesl - January 10, 2009 - 7:38 pm

What a great post! I love those ideas. Another idea (similar to one of yours) is to offer a session to people that have recently adopted a child. I think there is even a network of photographers that are involved in this…I think it’s so neat. Again, what a great idea to share your skills as a blessing to others, as God continues to bless you with your successful business. Love it!

KS Dallas - January 12, 2009 - 9:24 am

Great ideas – I especially like the women’s shelter idea.

I work for a non-profit organization and often we have photographers that donate gift certificates to us for our annual fundraiser’s silent auction. Most non-profits do some kind of auction as part of a fundraiser. Donating to them allows you to help organizations that serve the entire community to continue their missions. There are a lot of non-profit organizations that specialize in what areas they work on – so it also allows you to pick a group that has interests you feel strongly about or believe in.


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