Photography is a GIFT!

I was thinking today about all that I've been blessed much...too many things to list! It occurred to me a while back that photography is a gift. I mean that in every sense. It's a skill or gifting that I have and it's a gift that I love giving to people. There is nothing like capturing a bride or a family and seeing them cherish that gift. But, since I've been thinking about being blessed and having a gift to give, I've also been thinking about giving it away! I know I charge for my services because I have bills like everyone else. But, I pay my bills and after that I want to give back. Where am I going with this? If you are a photographer and you love photography as much as I do...find a way that you can bless someone with the gift of photography. Here's a couple ways I'm looking at:

-find a women's shelter and volunteer to take pictures of families. (possibly families that left in a hurry and left all their memories behind) Pictures can help them create new memories and start over.

-the ministry of "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep" is incredible! They're always looking for photographers willing to give of their time and their talents to serve families who have lost a child.

-find a family that could never afford you...and surprise them with a gift certificate for a shoot!

-visit a senior home or retirement community and offer to come in for an afternoon! Shoot and print images free of charge...memories for them and for their families. Priceless!

-One of my friends offers her services to families that have a member with a terminal illness. She comes in every couple of months or weeks and captures the family together.

The ideas are endless! I'm sure you have many that I haven't listed I WANT TO HEAR YOUR IDEAS! Let's all commit to do something this year that doesn't have anything to do with growing our business. We're doing it because photography is a gift and is meant to be shared.

Noemi Hedrick

Noemi Hedrick is a passionate wedding and portrait photographer based in Minneapolis. Noemi loves capturing the beauty inside every person. Her vibrant energy for life, love and family are grounded in her own values and loved ones. Noemi has been proudly serving as a wedding photographer for over 15 years and also offers a wide range of photography workshops for professional and amateur photographers.