I am not a professional photographer. I occasionally make money through photography by selling a photo at an exhibit or by shooting real estate for a friend who is a realtor, but it is not how I make a living. That being said, photography has become a serious hobby for me, and as such, I do look for ways to incorporate it in my life and to share it with others. Photography can be a vehicle for connecting with others and can be used to give back to your community.
Today, I spent a good portion of the day photographing a Juvenile Diabetes Research Fundraiser that good friends of mine have been hosting for the past 10 years. One of their daughter’s has Juvenile Diabetes so they decided to take action and host a fund raiser at their Farm Market. It has become a phenomenal family event with pumpkin painting, face painting, hay rides, pony rides, bake sale, BBQ, music, the works. When I see friends working so hard for the betterment of others, it inspires me to contribute as well. Aside from buying raffle tickets and baked goods, I also put my camera to use. Documenting the event allows my friends to then use the photos for future advertising and also provides them with a photographic history of all their hard work. Additionally, many people at the Event love seeing their children photographed doing these fun activities and it may encourage them to keep coming back and to give more. Here are a few shots from today:
I encourage you to look for ways to use your photography skills to contribute to your community at large. You don’t need to be a pro or have pro equipment; you just need a love of photography and the willingness to share. How have you put photography to good use lately?