To continue with last week’s theme, we have another project to add to our “giving back wish list.” We want to take portraits for a group that helps people who have disabilities.
My mom has been a special education teacher since before I was born, and I spent four years working as a counselor at Recreation Unlimited, a residential camp for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. I loved my time at Recreation Unlimited, and the campers I met there were some of the most kind, compassionate, funny, and interesting people I’ve ever met.
Last year, Chris and I signed up for Best Buddies, an organization similar to Big Brothers/Big Sisters for people who have disabilities. We were so excited to be a part of such a worthwhile organization, but, unfortunately, our application was denied. We assumed it was because the two of us are both freelancers, which means we have jobs that are not 9-5, and our schedules are sometimes unpredictable. To add on to that, we travel often for weddings and comic conventions. We figured Best Buddies was concerned about partnering us with a new friend if our schedule isn’t steady, which is totally understandable. Although it seems we aren’t in a position to be a part of the program at this point, we are in able to donate our time and skill as photographers. We could come on location for an event to set up an area for people to get their portrait taken individually, or with the friends they’ve met through the group.
There are no photos here of my portraits of and with campers at Recreation Unlimited, because posting photos is a HPPA violation. But, here are some natural light portraits we’ve taken over the years, using minimal equipment that’s not invasive in people’s personal space and is really portable.
If you know of any groups that could use the services of professional photographers, let them know about us! If you work at a group like this and want to get in contact, our email is firstname.lastname@example.org.