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Giving back: volunteer work for photographers

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Just like in other industries, it’s important to consider in what ways your skill set could give back to the community. As a photographer, there are so many opportunities to broaden your horizons via charity or volunteer work. Armed with a camera, you have the ability to document things that most non-profit or volunteer run organizations do not have the funds to pay for.

Florida pet photographer Emilee Fuss volunteers her skills often for animal shelters and rescue organizations. Frequently, Emilee takes photos of the pets up for adoption, creating much more professional photos for the organizations website than they might have the funds to create themselves. Emilee also then advertises those pups on her own websites (blog and Facebook) in order to increase the frequency that the animals are seen and the likelihood that they will be adopted. Just last week, Emilee visited her local Guide Dog facility and snapped a few photos, then posted them on her blog. Just by doing so, she has instantly increased awareness of what this facility does and has exposed their name to many people who may have never heard of them.

Other volunteer opportunities for photographers can be found at events for any type of non-profit. When an organization puts on a planned event, they are always looking for someone to professionally document the event so that they have good photos for their website or even the local newspaper. Philadelphia pet photographer April Ziegler was on hand to capture all of the fun at this event, which was planned to raise money for a dog park and the PSPCA’s neglected and abused dogs. However, just because the photographers mentioned have a niche for photographing pets, these tips can be generalized for any kind of fundraiser or charity event…think hospital galas, shelters for orphaned children, or fundraisers for diseases or cancers, such as your local Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.

Volunteering in your community not only gives back to deserving organizations but helps build your skill set and network as well. Get out there and see where you can help!


Written by brittanibowling

November 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm

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  1. Good idea. I have been looking for more photography experience and this might be a way for me to help myself and others.


    November 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm

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