Okay, so I love The Beatles and as they sing there are times when we all need a little help from our friends. Growing up my parents by their example and words taught me the importance of helping others. My Mother who battled a rare genetic illness went through many serious health problems and spent most of her life in and out of hospitals. However when she was at home she started a companion charity that helped a local Christian children's home that took in kids that were so horrifically abused that the foster care system didn't even want them.I spent many days stacking pantry shelves with donations, playing with the children's and even buying Christmas gifts for them. My Dad always summed it up by saying "No matter how bad you have it, someone else is going through something worse and they are looking to you for help". You don't have to be wealthy or an extremely successful business to help out. There are wonderful organizations to volunteer at, you can donate portraits to military families or those who have special needs children, you can go to your local children's hospital and take family portraits. I love to donate portrait session's to the various charities I believe in for their fundraising auctions.
I know giving away your photography is a sticky subject with the hardliners saying never do anything for free, what a sad outlook. Yes, as a business we should make a good profit based on the quality of our services and our work ethic. We should be able to support our family in whatever style we choose as well as the families of those who work for us. I believe a profitable and successful business can do a million times more for our economy that a bunch of political debate. However I do believe a business should give back to the community that supports it.
I am so excited to share with you a charity I have recently started to work with called "Wish Upon a Wedding". Wish Upon a Wedding gives weddings or vow renewals to couples who are undergoing terminal illness or life altering situations. They use the top wedding professionals in their respective fields and help these couples have a wedding of their dreams. In the wedding industry it is so easy to be cynical but seeing these couples help you remember why we come and celebrate. Why we like to host elaborate nuptials and receptions and document them, because it is a time when we share the love we have for each other, for our family and for our friends. Please visit http://wishuponawedding.org to find out more and to see the lives this organization has touched.