The great thing about a blog is you can answer FAQ’s in a concise manner and avoid some of the repetition. Since I relaunched my website and business in June I’ve been getting a lot of questions. Here’s a few of the most common. If you think of more, please post them in the comments and I’ll add the answers shortly!
What do you mean you’re a “Non-Profit Photographer”?
It’s simple, really. Instead of getting paid I donate my salary (made up of your session fees and up to 50% of your print orders) to one of the charities listed on my website. Why? I believe that photography has the power to bring us closer. It helps us understand the human experience and preserve memories that we value. It is also a luxury purchase. Technically, we do not need family portraits for survival, but we enjoy the blessings they provide. When I began thinking about returning to work it occurred to me that the money from these portraits can be extended to those that are missing the basics, such as food, clean water, education, and mental/physical health services. By choosing to book a session with me, a non-profit photographer, you are blessing the lives of your own family and extending that gift to others all around the world.
How does it work?
Just like any other photographer, I charge a session fee that is paid at the time of booking, the difference is I then donate your session fee to the charity you designate from our list of preferred organizations. For more information about session fees please see the pricing page. Once your session is complete we schedule your ordering appointment where we view your images and select what portraits you’d like to display in your home. Again, proceeds from your order will be donated to your chosen charity. Up to 50% of your order total will be donated.
- Is my donation tax deductible?
- The IRS requires that you do not receive any goods or services in exchange for your donation, so sadly, you cannot use your donation as a charitable deduction. However I feel that the blessings received from giving to others are far more valuable then any reduction in tax burden.
Your Local Food Bank (Monetary contributions only please)
These organizations have been chosen because of their outstanding record of using their funds to relieve pain and suffering, lift communities out of poverty and disease, and teach and extend prosperity for future generations.
How do I see my portraits after the session?
Once your session is complete we schedule your in home ordering appointment. This is the best part of your portrait experience. We review your images, personalize products that have been designed specifically with your needs in mind, and choose your wall portraits. Once you’ve made your order we make plans for installation. (Yes, you read that right. I will actually hang your portraits for you when you purchase certain products. How is that for full service? )
What kind of products do you offer?
Prints, hardbound albums, photographic murals, greeting and holiday cards, slide shows, canvas prints, 3D Art Murals, Wall collages, Framed prints, and much more! If you’re looking for pricing information on these items please call 425.232.5263 to receive a quote. Oh, and I almost forgot, I have physical samples of all of these products for you to view during our pre-session consultation. This appointment is the first appointment and the most important. Together we plan your session from start to finish, choose where to hang your wall portraits and build a relationship that will make your experience during the session fun and memorable.
What kind of work do you do?
I am available for location or studio photography for Families, Maternity, Infants, Children, Animals, Fashion, High School Seniors, Engagement, Weddings, Cooperate, Editorial, and I even do website production and graphic design on the side.
Are you crazy busy? How do you find time for other things?
I have limited appointments for all of the services listed above. That being said, I believe everyone deserves great portraits and would love to talk to anyone who is interested in my work. It’s best to schedule your session several weeks in advance to guarantee availability.
You gave up a profitable studio to work for charity? Are you nuts?
I know that it can seem strange that a person with a profitable business would give up making money and instead work for free but that’s exactly what I did. You see, some moments in life alter us beyond recognition and change our course pertinently. My course correction came when I was hospitalized in December of 2011. I didn’t know if I ever would work again after leaving the hospital, but I did know that I had neglected my family and I wanted to change my priorities. I thought that earning money was caring for my children. I was providing a life style that was comfortable and full of opportunity. But it’s not what they needed. They needed me. So when I received a clean bill of health I took a long, hard, look at what the future held. I decided that I needed to stop focusing on what I wanted and start using my talents to bless the lives of others. By changing my goals and putting people, not profit margins, first I have found greater joy in my work and a sense of personal satisfaction. I believe my work is more creative, more personal, and more valuable when I do it with a good cause in mind.