Images can move people to action. All marketing professionals and politicians know this. So too do fundraisers for charities and not for profit organizations. Natural disasters, global warming, starvation and disease all make for powerful imagery. The savvy organizations go beyond the obvious to get donors to reach for their wallets.
During my professional career I have been well paid by corporations and organization to tell their stories. I have been sent multiple times to Asia to capture the flavor of China for a Canadian airline and to Japan to record the use of products from British Columbia. I have crisscrossed North America numerous times for a wide range of corporate clients and have traveled throughout the Caribbean on behalf of regional tourist boards. Story telling with a camera has been a rewarding career.
Throughout my career I have also sought out opportunities to give back by volunteering as an unpaid photographer for organizations seeking to raise funds to support worthwhile activities.
My first foray took me to Central Mexico with Amigos Anonymous for three months. During that time I traveled from village to village by local bus to document to work of two hundred and fifty young volunteers from the San Francisco Bay Area who were involved in a wide range of community development activities.
The plight of farmworkers in the Central Valley of California was dire fifty years ago. Low pay, poor working conditions and serious health concerns ultimately led to a march on the state capital to raise awareness of these issues with the politicians. I traveled with the farm workers on the march to document the journey.
There are many more examples of work undertaken on behalf of non-profit groups. Over the years I been fortunate to work with many dedicated individuals and amazing organizations.
One example of such an organization is the Family Caregivers’ Network Society in Victoria, BC, Canada. So many caregivers work in isolation, caring for love ones suffering from debilitating illness. My pictures have been used for both fundraising and awareness campaigns by the society.
Today I continue to provide volunteer services to a local hospital’s fundraising foundation and to Glenora Farm, a Camphill Community for adults with development disabilities.
I continue to look for opportunities to tell stories and help raise both funds and awareness for non-profit organizations. If you know of an organization with a story that needs telling please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.