Donating Photography Services to Charity {Inspiration}

December 21, 2011

in Photographers Giving Back, Photography Inspiration

I Heart Faces Donating to Charities

‘Tis the Season to Give

In this season of love, happiness, and bliss, there is much talk of giving and sacrifice. The gift of service is priceless and can forever touch the hearts and lives of not only the receiver(s), but the giver as well.

So, what does this have to with photography?

If you are reading this, you most likely own a camera. If you are reading this, you most likely love photography, love learning about photography, and most importantly, know how to use that camera. You may know that camera inside and out and can shoot in any kind of situation. Or, you may just have come into photography and are learning the basics. It doesn’t matter if you are not a professional. It doesn’t matter if you are still learning your craft. You have a gift that is priceless to give.

Photography is an art. A gift to give to others. We are lucky to have such a powerful tool that can benefit ANYONE AND EVERYONE in some way. I have found that through the thousands and thousands of times I have pushed that shutter button, none has given me more joy than when I am doing it for free. For a good cause. For those who might not have the opportunity to have the love and beauty of their lives captured otherwise.

I have been lucky to be involved in some amazing shoots for the Down Syndrome organization in Michigan, Help Portrait, and some personal shoots, and I can honestly say that I feel so blessed to have the knowledge, skill, and equipment to give something away that is so fun, special, and appreciated.
Donating Service to Charities

If you are interested in giving, there are so many photography organizations you can be a part of. Some that I know of (and get ready to shed a tear) are…

Help Portrait

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

The American Child Photographers Charity Guild

Dog Meets World

Images For a Cure

Inspiration Through Art

Celebrating Adoption

Shoots For a Cure (Think Pink Photography)

Operation: Love ReUnited

Pictures of Hope Foundation

Flashes of Hope

And be sure to check out the I Heart Faces “Giving Back” page which is updated quite often.

If you want to give, but feel overwhelmed, it doesn’t have to be a huge organization. It can be for your siblings. Or maybe for your neighbor who is a single mom with two kids. It can be for the amazing couple across the street who have been married for 45 years and probably haven’t had a photo together in many years. It can be for a friend starting a business and has no money for product photography. There is a need for our services everywhere and on every level. It’s up to you to find out whose day, month, or life you want to touch 🙂

Happy Holidays and Happy Giving, my photography friends!

“You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.”  ~Harvey S. Firestone

Jean Smith featured on I Heart FacesJean Smith is a portrait, wedding, and commercial photographer in New Hudson, Michigan. She has a wonderful husband (also a photographer) and four awesome little boys who keep life fun and VERY busy! To see more of her inspiring photography, visit her website, blog or follow her on Facebook.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Jess December 1, 2014

Red Thread Sessions is also a great way to donate time & talent to celebrate adoption and bless adoptive families! We had a wonderful photographer donate her time and photograph our family after we brought home our daughter home from China this year.


Jennifer December 30, 2012

Amazing ideas but one of the links is incorrect. Celebrating Adoption should be The other one led me to something totally unrelated. This one is near and dear to my heart so I clicked on it right away! Thank you so much for sharing!!!


Stephanie Burrage July 24, 2012

I’m glad I stumbled accross this blog post. I’m in the process of opening up my photography services to families that have adopted through foster care. It’s in the very new stages but I’m so excited to give back to something that has directly affected my life.


Stacey Nolley July 22, 2012

I would love to get involved and contribute my photography services here in Indiana. I’ve not had much luck finding organizations. If anyone knows of any in Indianapolis and surrounding areas, please let me know!


Blair February 7, 2012

LOVE charity work. There’s no greater feeling in the world! 🙂


Felly December 29, 2011

Love the ideas you have here for us…Great job!!


Kellie December 22, 2011

Hi…I am happy about this post…Thanks a lot for the shared thoughts here…


DebC December 22, 2011

A wonderful idea…thank you!
Merry Christmas.


tynisha siegler December 22, 2011

thanks for sharing


Tiff December 22, 2011

Great post. I love this idea, but I never would have thought of it otherwise. Thanks for sharing!


Jai Catalano December 21, 2011

One of my goals in the new year is to put forth a give back photography campaign. Thanks for having a good heart and spreading the word.



Amy Locurto December 21, 2011

Lovely post about Donating Photography Services to Charity @IHeartFaces


Amy Renea December 21, 2011

Great article Jean! I am a NILMDTS photographer and it is very difficult, but rewarding. Heart breaking, but heart building.


Dana Suggs December 21, 2011

I am a HUGE supporter of giving back! I have worked with NICU babies, underprivileged children and families, cancer survivors, and a LOT of church work!

I believe we ALL have a specialty in our photography and a special interest that could be plugged in and utilized to help someone!

THANK YOU for such a wonderful post! I hope this inspires EVERYONE to give back a little something! We can’t all give money, but we can give our time and talent!


Jacquelyn December 21, 2011

Here is another way to help..
I recently heard of a family in our community that lost everything in a house fire which I knew meant that their photos were gone as well. I contacted them and offered a complimentary photo shoot and pictures to help rebuild their lost memories.


Christina Terrano December 21, 2011

I’m a photographer for Op-Love, Inspiration Through Art, and Shoots for a Cure. I <3 this part of being a photographer, in every possible way. Each session I do for these fantastic charities is embraced with gratitude, and in most cases they have become friends. Another reason to be thankful 🙂


Jen December 21, 2011

I volunteer for Operation: Love Reunited. Every time I do a photo shoot, the families are so wonderful and thankful that I feel like I get back way more than I give. Just knowing that the photos I take will help comfort a family during months of separation of a military deployment makes the hours I invest completely worth it. We always need more photographers, especially for Homecoming sessions, thankfully! Thanks for encouraging photographers in our community to get involved!


Ashlee December 21, 2011

I would LOVE to do something like this. Only downfall for me is, I don’t have a website yet. My only portfolio is on Flickr. Better get working on that haha

Giving back is SO important! Everyone should be doing it 🙂


Jenny December 21, 2011

me too… I have had the honor of doing some photography shoots for a respite care center for special needs kids called Jill’s House in Northern VA and once I get started I don’t want to leave… they are SO incredibly special!


Megan December 21, 2011

Okay, my heart officially melted.

As the parent of a child with Down syndrome, I EXTRA some some of those sweet faces of kids with an extra chromosome. Beautiful.


diane December 21, 2011

Thanks a lot for sharing this inspiring post to us..Its really touch our heart..Hope those who read this are willing to help and donate..


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