Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Honeybee Photography Philanthropy | Doing Good With My Camera | Twin Cities Photography

My husband and I are very involved in philanthropy. Most of our family and friends know this and are probably sick of us asking them to open their pocketbooks to make a donation of some sort.
phi•lan•thro•py 
/fəˈlanTHrəpē/ 
Noun 
1. The desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed esp. by the generous donation of money to good causes. 
2. A philanthropic institution; a charity. 
Synonyms 
charity - benevolence – beneficence 
In fact, my husband started an organization called Do Some Good, whose mission is:
The Do Some Good mission is to support, strengthen and empower individuals, families and communities throughout the Twin Cities by unlocking the potential of people and challenging them to not only do something positive in their own lives, but to do the same for others in the communities in which they live.


So what does this have to do with photography???

Well, I figured since I have a camera that I could be a power for good in my community. And, you could do the same no matter your experience level. There are so many volunteering opportunities to get involved with for the beginner to the expert.

Last October, I got involved with the National Kidney Foundation (the Minnesota, Dakotas, Iowa & Nebraska region) and offered my photography skills to help document the Twin Cities Kidney Walk event held at Thompson Routers. This annual walk raises funds to support free kidney health screenings, organ donation initiatives, patient advocacy, research, and more right here in our community. We have a friend who underwent a kidney transplant one year ago this month, which is how we got involved with the organization in the first place. (See Jake's story here)

By supporting this organization and event with my camera, I got two benefits in return! The first was the feeling you get from volunteering. Who doesn’t love the high you get from doing something good for someone else? The second was to become a better photographer! This is a great way to gain experience without giving away free friends or family shoots (which is not the best idea if you plan to start your own business). During the event, there was another photographer so I had the freedom to wonder around and capture photos for my portfolio and didn’t feel the normal pressure of getting the picture-perfect photo.

This past April, I found another opportunity. Being a member of the South St. Paul Jaycees, I got the inside scoop on a fundraising event hosted by The Jaycees, their first Spring Vendor Expo. They invited over 30 in-home vendors to exhibit in one spot to raise money for the Jaycees organization. The community was invited to shop for all their favorite items and the Simley High School Colorguard served refreshments for all the guests.



Early this year I had the opportunity to meet Stephanie Kass, the new walk coordinator at the Kidney Foundation here in Minnesota. For the second year in a row, I offered my photography experience for the Twins Cities Walk. Not only did we meet to discuss the opportunity, she asked me to be on the walk planning board based on my philanthropy experience. AND, she asked about potentially hiring me to photograph her and her new husband for their one year anniversary!

Not only do I LOVE to Do Some Good in our community, but look what can come out of doing so! I encourage all of you to find out how you can help better the community you live in! Check out the Do Some Good website for ideas!

If you would like to make a donation to the Jake's Jaunt Kidney walk team, please visit our site HERE.

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