We are so privileged to be photographers. Our clients invite us into their lives and ask us to create a record of their big events and little moments. The photos we take will remain long after our job is over, and even after the memories have started to fade. Have you ever watched a parent looking over their grown child’s baby pictures? Seen a still life of food that made your mouth water? Looked at an image of a total stranger and felt some emotional connection? We make something that has power.
We recognize just how privileged we are, and we want to use the power of photography to give back to causes that are important to us.
We would love to donate our services to a local no-kill animal shelter or rescue group. We have three beautiful cats, and we are thankful every day for the kind people who made it possible for them to be a part of our family. Two of our cats were living on the streets of East Harlem before we found them. They were both skinny, scared, and in poor health. We took them to the Humane Society of New York City, where they had a full medical evaluation, got all their vaccinations, and were neutered all for a very affordable rate. Our third cat was adopted from the Humane Society, and she had been taken in there as a kitten when someone found her abandoned in an old building. Every time we see other animals on the street (which is often, and they are mostly very skinny cats), we desperately want to take them in. As much as we’d like to, we can’t adopt ALL the cats.
What we CAN do is help other people see just how beautiful these animals are, and take professional photos of the animals in need of fostering and adoption. These groups are working as hard as they can to help, but because they don’t euthanize the animals, cage space is limited. When animals are adopted or fostered, it frees up a cage that can go to a dog or cat on the street, and keeps them from ending up in a shelter that DOES euthanize.
I really took it to heart when Mary Marantz said, You get in life what you have the courage to ask for . . . If you ask, they might say no, but if you don’t, they definitely will.” I think there is huge power in saying what you want out loud, putting it into the world, and simply asking for it. This post, and the next few blog posts, are going to be focused on doing just that.
We want to donate photography to an NYC animal group. If anyone out there knows of a group that could use our services, we’d love to hear about them! If you’re a part of an animal rescue group and want to get in touch, our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.