Heavenly Smiles charity fun run in Stuart, Florida

As every working photographer can tell you, the non-profit sector needs quality images to promote their charities. And... as every working photographer can tell you, the calls to donate services, shoot for free or for publication credit, are fairly common. 

Early in my career, i did this exact same thing, I shot sometimes two or three events a week for specific charities all with hopes of building name recognition. Im sure that philosophy added to my current success, but at the same time, it put great strains on my family and finances...

Which brings me to the Brianna Cooper Heavenly Smiles Charity.... I will do anything possible to support the Cooper Family, because ... after the tragedy of loosing their daughter in an auto accident, starting their charity to honor her and help the community... they offered to PAY ME.  They were still raw from the accident, the charity was new and their budgets were small... but still understood that I too had a family to support and i was there to do a job, to aid in growing their charity through still images and video......

Yesterday, their daughter would have turned 18, more than 400 runners, countless volunteers and local businesses came out for a 5k and 10k running race to fundraise and support the Cooper family. 

Photography is an art that centers around 'taking' - creating, capturing, clicking, making or taking - its a process of stopping time, recording a moment and feeling.....

So when the opportunity to give back presents itself, to use my cameras to be a part of the community, to help, raise awareness, stop time.... and for those who helped me early in my freelance career, I'M IN!!

Thank You.

 

This is the video that I shot for the foundation of few years ago...