The current issue of Photo Technique magazine has a section devoted to “Giving Back.” On page 37, “More Ways You Can Give Back” highlights Rehabilitation Through Photography, Operation: Love Reunited, Help-Portrait, and Shutter Mission as resources for getting started.
Photo Technique also showcase two photographers who are using their talents to give back. These articles are worth a read: ”Daniel Beltrá: Photography and the Environment — Conservation PHotography and Greenpeace,” by Robert Hirsch and “Mathieu Young on Assignment: Photographing by Moonlight in Cambodia — Helping Others Through Photography,” by Wendy Erickson.
This is so awesome.
Photographers of all skill levels are represented — established professionals, up and coming artists, and amateurs alike. The book is being published in three formats: (1) Print edition containing 193 photographs, (2) E-book containing the work of all 520 photographers, and (3) iOS mobile app, also containing all photographs in the project.
From The Maple Leaf Mission:
For The MLM, giving “The Gift of Life in Pictures” means providing qualifying families with lasting memories through free sessions with a professional photographer.
The Maple Leaf Mission offers 3 types of free photography sessions:
- Final Moments — for those families with members of any age with terminal illnesses who want to capture one last memory of their beloved.
- Your Moment — for families/individuals that have a debilitating or life limiting illness, a genetic condition, or disability, but are living your everyday life to the fullest despite your diagnosis.
- Military Moments — for homecoming reunions and deployments.
“Inequality and intolerance are perpetuated not only by ignorance and hatred, but also by those who know better, saying and doing nothing about it.”
— Charles Anderson, Founding Director and President, The All Family Project
There is an immediate need for volunteer photographers across the US to help with The All Family Project. Read on to learn more about this important organization.
What is The All Family Project?
The All Family Project (TAFP) is a nonprofit whose focus is on family, and their organization is dedicated to educating the general public on gay and lesbian families. They use positive imagery to counter the negative narrative that is often aimed at these families. TAFP seeks to show the humanity of same-sex couples, demonstrating that their relationships are not so different from heterosexual relationships and that their existence does not threaten the rights of others.
This past December, we had five Help-Portrait events in the Bay Area. FIVE.
Locations included the BayView Opera House (SF), La Clinica (Oakland), Mission Economic and Development Center (SF), The North County Women’s Center (Berkeley), and St. Vincent de Paul (SF). In total, H-P volunteers delivered hundreds of portraits and photographed over 1,200 deserving people. It was an amazing day!
These images are from the event held at the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco, the largest homeless shelter in Northern California.