Snapping Photography For Good Causes
The art of photography can be many things to a person—a job, a passion, a creative outlet, or a way to voice your opinion on an issue. Whether photography is something you practice just for fun or has become your profession, it’s worthwhile to remember the possibilities of using photography to give back.
There are several organizations out there that make it their mission to use photography for the sole purpose of helping those in need and bringing a smile to their faces. Below are twelve ways to use your camera for the power of good.
© Tonee Lawrence
Operation Love Reunited
For the men and women overseas serving our countries Operation Love Reunited is a way for photographers to give back before these soldiers are about to leave for deployment or are already deployed. Professional photographer Tonee Lawrence started the organization, which is a charity to benefit military members and their families. They provide them with free photo sessions with them and their families before they leave for deployment, mid-deployment, and/or when they come home from deployment. After the photos are printed they also send a photo album, free of charge, to the military members. Any photographers interested in becoming a part of this organization can fill out a form here.
Josephine Herrick Project
The Josephine Herrick Project was started in 1941 by Josephine Herrick as a way to bring a voice to those who might never have the opportunity otherwise. This organization gives children and adults, ages eight to eighty, the chance to use a camera and to express themselves freely. They partner with hospitals, social services agencies, schools, non-profits and receive support from the photography community to bring photography into the lives of the less fortunate. “Through free programs, exhibits and publications, students connect with their communities through their talents rather than their disabilities,” Maureen McNeil, Executive Director of the Josephine Herrick Project. To get involved with the Josephine Herrick Project photographers can volunteer their time by teaching an eight-week photo class. To sign up to teach send your resume and a letter to Maureen McNeil