Here is an idea that might provide publicity for any photographer and help others at the same time: Organize a charity photo shoot for a local animal welfare organization. You would get your name out, people would get photos of their pets and you would also help a charity at the same time.
So far I have done it twice. Both times we managed to raise around 400 euros + second time they got post cards to sell, which will hopefully provide them some money too.
The first shoot
The first photo shoot was organized together with a dog owners club at my workplace. We had two photographers (2nd photographer was Henna Viinamäki) who sold 15 minute time slots to take photos of pets and people. We were shooting for 3 hours, so both got 9 clients (with 5min break between the shoots). We promised 3 photos for each client at fixed price.
The shoot was organized before Christmas. We had some fake gifts available, so people could get pet themed Christmas cards.
I am not a pro shooter, so it was a huge learning experience for me, but I think many pros would too have busy time with lively pets and only 15 minutes to produce 3 nice shots…
|For me the best thing was that I could take a picture of a boy and his old dog together. The dog didn’t have much time left and the family wanted the boy to have some memory of the dog. Just that one image alone made it all worthwhile.|
The second shoot
The second shoot was organized directly with the animal welfare organization. Henna was again shooting also. They posted advertisement about the shoot and again we managed to sell all the time slots. This time they also made post cards out of some of the images (pet owners could choose the images).
This was already easier shoot, but I think I have to try once more because I now have some ideas of how to keep the pets more relaxed… (When dogs get excited they keep their mouth open and tongue hanging out to cool down. Keeping them relaxed is the key for, well, relaxed photos)
I didn’t try these ideas, but you could maximize the publicity by letting a local news paper know about the shoot or instead of fixed prices auction the time slots.
I would like to thank my co-workers, Henna and Helsinki area animal welfare organization (HESY) for organizing the photo shoots and all the people who had their families and pets photographed. It was fun and I hope to have time to do it again