Alberta Photographer Cody James Rule #4 of 25.

Alberta Photographer Cody James shares some insights, rules, and tips on how to be a successful photographer in the competitive Calgary Photography industry. 

Almost everyone tries to give back one way or another, whether it’s a donation to your favorite charity, spare change to someone down on their luck, or taking the time to volunteer and help out. Whether your an amateur just starting out, or a seasoned professional being able to utilize your photography skills to give back is very rewarding!

A great program called ‘Help-Portrait’ is a very well organized group of individuals who give back through their skills in photography, read more about their mission:

In December, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered.

Yep. It really is that easy.

This is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. These portraits are not for your portfolio, website, or for sale. Money isn’t involved here. This holiday season, you have the chance to give a family something they may have never had before—a portrait together.

Personally I’ve had quite a few charitable ventures through my photography. I have donated many canvas prints to various silent auctions and other events where they were raffled or bid on, it’s great exposure to have your name and work exposed to the general public, and as mentioned above very rewarding!

I have also worked with the Animal Rescue Foundation for the last few years, contributing to their annual calendar that their organization releases to raise funds for their cause.

There are many other opportunities out there Calgary Photographers can jump on. Our zoo for example in the past has openly welcomed contributors for their marketing material, newsletters, and Zoo maps. One of my first published images was actually the cover of a Calgary Zoo map!

If you’re looking for a way to give back, expose your work, and reward yourself, then really consider the many chartiable avenues that could use your help! I highly recommend it!



Alberta Photographer

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