Give it away, of course.
The photography school I attended is one of over 2,000 locations taking part in the worldwide movement to make family portraits for people in the community — and give the portraits to the family. No charge. Free.
As a student, I participated several years ago. And, although I was able to contribute only a tiny amount of time this year, I dropped by to make some pictures of the picture makers. One image I will not post here was of an instructor wiping a tear from his eye. He had just been crying with a recipient of one of the photos.
A close friend (and mentor) travels to third world countries and makes images for non-profits. He receives expenses only and contributes his time and skills.
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A photographer I’ve read about contributes, to the grieving parents, photographs of infants who were still born. The photographs that I saw were very tastefully done and clearly showed the love of parents for the child even though the child did not survive. (There is an organization — Now I lay me Down To Sleep — that promotes this idea. Since NILMDTS was founded, over 11,000 volunteers have been part of the network. See link here.)
I know of a camera club in England whose members visit nursing homes and make photos of the residents with family members and then give the residents prints for their rooms.
All of which caused me to give this some thought —
We photographers are different. As photographers we have skills and we have equipment that most people do not have. Why not share that good fortune? This is the Christmas season, after all.
So…here’s where I need you. With your help I am going to compile a listing of ways that photographers and photo clubs can (and do) help the less fortunate. Maybe you or your club has already done something along these lines.
If you will contribute an idea in the COMMENT area below or through the CONTACT ME button, I will compile them and build a permanent page on my blog. That page will be a source for your use personally or for use by your photo club.
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