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How Can Photographers Give Back During the Holidays?

Posted By Sean Cayton On December 8, 2010 @ 12:48 am In Video Blog Posts | 8 Comments

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In this video, I discuss why it’s important — and also good business — for photographers to give back to their communities. I also solicit your ideas for giving back, during the holidays or any time of year. I encourage your feedback.

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8 Comments To "How Can Photographers Give Back During the Holidays?"

#1 Comment By Eliot VanOtteren On December 8, 2010 @ 10:50 am

Great post. I would ad that not only does it make you feel good and bring you business, but it gives you the opportunity to truly impact the lives of people in your community in a positive way. Check out [2].

#2 Comment By Jason On December 8, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

I think a good place to start could be with cultural community centre's. Most hold all types of events over the holidays. I live in Canada and I think it would be a great deal of fun to go shoot a traditional native ceremony personally. The costumes have a lot of colors and to be able to capture some of the expressions well...

Visible minorities are also groups that I'm sure would appreciate our services. My business is just getting started but photography has been a passion for most of my life.

#3 Comment By Sean Cayton On December 8, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

I didn't mention it in this post but this year we donated our services to Indy Give, a fundraiser for local non-profits as well as Care and Share's annual fundraiser benefit. In the past we have donated our services to the Women's Resource Center and Homefront Cares, both local non-profits. Thanks Eliot for your link!

#4 Comment By Kevin Ryan On December 9, 2010 @ 1:50 am

Sean,
Double portrait Polaroids. You can give the photos those willing to be photographed and keep a second for yourself...create a book or blog about the people you photograph and their stories. Too often we see so many people photographs, but we never hear their story

#5 Comment By Jules K On December 9, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

Each year I ask one of the pastors at my church to let me know which families are experiencing financial difficulties and I contact them and offer to do an entirely free family photo session complete with a CD of their images and several 8x10 prints for them to hand out as gifts during the holidays.

It's a small thing...but it lets them know that others care about them and their family and I take great joy in doing it for them.

#6 Comment By Clea On December 13, 2010 @ 1:31 am

This year I volunteered to take photographs of the children with Santa at a local Natural Health Center. I brought along my sony snap lab printer and gave each one at least one print to take home. They loved it.

I love the idea about the double polaroids and getting peoples stories!

#7 Comment By Myrna Beard On December 24, 2010 @ 6:51 am

Great post. I would ad that not only does it make you feel good and bring you business, but it gives you the opportunity to truly impact the lives of people in your community in a positive way. Check out [2].

#8 Comment By Eliot VanOtteren On December 27, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

@Myrna Beard - Thanks for the re-post! :)


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