After a previous life working in and around local communities, I felt a real sense of need to continue this when I changed career paths.
When Fine Photography was born 10 years ago, I wanted to be able to combine my photography and studio in ways which I knew I could support local communities.
It started with sponsoring a boat crew in a fundraising rowing regatta run by my daughter’s school and being invited to be the official photographer for the event. I really enjoyed the challenge. Photographing moving boats (and moving fast I might add), is very different to photographing people and families in a studio environment.
Two of my daughters are part of Wahroonga Netball Club. Fine Photography is the major sponsor of the club and our sponsorship allows the club to purchase new drink bottles, netballs and end of year trophies. I’m also fortunate enough to be the official photographer for team photos. Anything that gets kids up, out and active gets my support.
I realise there are many charities that need support. I have chosen to participate in the annual, and in some cases, bi-annual collections for The Nappy Collective, Share the Dignity and Support The Girls Australia by the studio being a drop off point for each of their collections. You would have seen social media posts this year regarding each of their collection drives.
I’m passionate about mental health, in particular children’s mental health – given that I have four children of my own. I offer my support and photography services to an organisation called KYDS. KYDS provide essential counselling, mental health and well-being education to adolescents.
I’m also a keen supporter of organisations that give to people in need and Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter does just that. They provide temporary supported accommodation for women in times of crisis such as homelessness and/or domestic violence. I am proud to donate my time to photograph events for them.
Have you heard of the group called United Tradies? They are a local group of tradespeople that hold MAD (Make a Difference) Days. These days provide a platform for the group to give back to local communities and help those in genuine need. The Tradies generously give their time for free and the nominated person or cause receives a completed job. I was invited to attend the site to photographically document part of the very first transformation. This group are truly inspiring and it was my pleasure to be part of it.
Bendigo Bank Turramurra and Lindfield Community Bank Branches recently contacted me to be a part of their Monopoly Ku-ring-gai Edition project. I was pleased to be invited to be a judge for their photo competition as part of the project. I viewed some very creative images proving that there are some remarkably talented young photographers in our community. I’ve also had the opportunity to photograph the team and individuals for their website.
I am regularly contacted by local schools and organisations asking if I can support them. I do what I can and have discovered that every little bit helps.
On reflection, this is a long list and it proves that there are so many worthwhile charities/organisations just in our local community that need support.