Charity Photography

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In addition to giving time and money to your preferred charity, your skills as a photographer are also in high demand. Opportunities to help are everywhere. Here are some suggestions for using your photographic skills for charitable works.

1. Contact your local charities. Ask if they have a need for a photographer – they often have a need for promotional posters, or for covering an event. Charity events are often posted in the newspaper, or you can use such websites as VolunteerMatch to find a way to contribute in your area.

2. Donate your prints to silent auctions. Often auctions are held to raise money, and by contributing examples of your work you can help raise funds for your cause.

3. Offer to take portraits of residents of retirement homes. It’s saddening how many people are in elderly care facilities that have no loved ones left to visit them. By spending time with them, making them feel special, and wanting to take their portrait picture, you help them feel that they’re valued and not forgotten.

4. The Humane Society and other animal welfare organizations are always in need of photographers to take pictures of the animals they have up for adoption.

5. Join such organizations as Photo Charity, which helps raise awareness of homeless children. Photographers Without Borders provides “educational and financial support to communities of the world through the promotion and sale of fine art photography.”

These are only a handful of examples where your photography can help a wonderful cause in a big way. If you have any other ideas or experiences regarding donating your photography for a charitable cause, please tell us about it in the comments!

Photo Credits (in order of appearance):
- “Livestrong” by Bobd314 on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “flickr Party 333 – Auction” by Max Kiesler on Flickr Creative Commons.
- “Humane Society 7″ by Anoldent on Flickr Creative Commons.

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  • sherryosborne

    I know someone who does volunteer photo work for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. It's a very difficult session, it's for parents of newborn babies who are either stillborn or who only live a few days, and she takes portraits of the parents with the babies so they at least have something tangible to take home. She always said it's brutal on an emotional level but that it's very rewarding too.