I know what’s important in my life: my wife and my daughter. My work is a very close second.
It was always a dream of mine to set up shop and do portrait work under my name instead of working for someone else. And now that I do, another priority has emerged: giving back.
Since venturing out on my own three years ago, I have donated portrait session certificates ranging from $500 to $2500 any chance I get. Usually they are used in silent and/or live auctions and fundraising events for holidays and projects.
I have to admit it’s a nice bonus that people get to see my work while also doing something good for my community.
I like to think about it like this: I donate some of my time and my creativity. As a result some generous, amazing soul donates money to a good cause. Then when I deliver their portrait, it’s more than just a portrait. It’s an unforgettable symbol of generosity and altruism. At least, that’s my hope.
Often when I drop off donations, I get caught up in helping out.
A little over a week ago I helped the Worcester Animal Rescue League set up for their event. I help with setting up every chance I get; the energy and excitement before the events is fun to be around so it’s more fun for me than it is for them.
So far this year my work has helped raise over $15,000. In the past three years I’ve raised over $50,000 for charitable events.
I like to encourage two things—giving and remembering. Taking the time to get family portraits done can often be overlooked. You get caught up in daily life and you forget how much you’ll want to remember years from now. I run into so many people who say, “I wish I had gotten a family portrait done when my children were younger.”
In that same spirit, I always run a deal where I give away a $500 package including a location session (regularly $250) and $250 to purchase portraits for any $99 donation made to a charitable organization. Show me the receipt and we’ll book a session.
Also if you have a non-profit event you’d like me to donate to—send me an email.
Thanks for reading my blog post. I am a Worcester-based portrait photographer but I do shoots throughout New England. I specialize in family photography, child photography, and senior photography. My work is done in classic portrait style. To set up an appointment, call me at 774-303-1949 or email me at email@example.com.