“Every image I create helps to support a charity”
I love photography but I’m also passionate about supporting charities through the non-profit side of my business ‘Photos for Life’.
I raise funds through the sale of my photographs, exhibitions and talks and I organise free portrait shoots where I ask for donations to one of my six chosen charities:
Cancer Research UK, Teenage Cancer Trust, Acorns Children’s Hospice, Brain Tumour Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and West Midland Air Ambulance
My aim is to raise £10,000 for each charity through this side of my business.
Why I support these charities
The motivation came after my mother Marion died from cancer in 2005, aged 63. Since then I’ve supported a number of charities as a volunteer but now I help to raise funds individually through my business.
I chose the six charities above because they cover the whole spectrum, from research into finding and developing a cure, to supporting and caring for anyone diagnosed with cancer and the Air Ambulance is such a great charity and one day we may need it.
How I work
I try to link my charity photography to an aspect of cancer and how people deal with it through personal projects under specific themes:
‘Emotions’ shows what people go through when they are diagnosed.
‘Smile’ captures the individual expressions of people living with cancer because everyone has a smile, no matter what they are going through.
‘Strength and Courage’ is linked to a flower called Protea which is often linked to cancer because of its special meaning. Protea is the flower of Greek Sea God Proteus and the oldest flower in the world. It stands for ‘strength and courage’ and is often sent to someone who has cancer.
My photography isn’t intrusive as I use models but I do try to make my images as authentic as possible. Hopefully, they will help the viewer to understand how cancer doesn’t just affect the person who has it, but also their family, friends and work colleagues.
If you would like to know more or to help support my charity work, please get in touch. Every penny helps in some small way.