Charity Portrait Donations for Save the Children and Street Child
One of the things I am extremely passionate about is giving back and trying to make a difference in the world. One of the things I struggled with for a long time, was how can I do this being a photographer. This is an issue that bothered me for a long time. I desperately wanted to not only highlight issues, but genuinely do something that will make a difference in at least one person’s life. This issue plagued me for a long time. I just couldn’t think of anything that would actually make a difference. I had done personal projects that highlighted social issues, and this is something I will continue to do. But, I didn’t feel that I was doing all that I could.
That all changed at the end of 2017. One of my regular Extraordinary Portraits customers approached me about donating a shoot to their charity ball for Save the Children. Being a father of two amazing children, I didn’t even hesitate to say yes. This was exactly what I was looking for. Donating portrait sessions to a charity that did amazing things was going to allow me to raise money for a cause and charity that would make an impact on at least one person’s life… and that was important to me.
Fast forward to the beginning of 2019 (just over 1 year later) and I donated two portraits sessions for Save the Children and one for a charity called Street Child. The three portrait sessions raised a staggering total of £10,000. I was pleased to even be able to donate something that was going to bring one family a great portrait and raise a little money for charities that I cared about. I never imagined that I would have raised 5 figures in little over a year off of three portrait donations.
One of the winning portrait sessions has yet to be shot, and one has asked for their image to not be shared on the internet. Below is one of those portrait sessions.
Even though I was doing these portrait shoots on my own time, I approached them exactly as I approached each portrait shoot as I would every portrait shoot. Questionnaires were sent, meetings were done and time and attention given to each image to produce something I was proud of and something the family would admire for years to come.