As I mentioned before, if something needs to be done, I do my best to accomplish it, no matter what time of year it is. However, towards the end of 2017 I had a wonderful idea that rang true to me and allowed me to set some pretty lofty goals for 2018.
Those who know me personally will tell you that volunteering and philanthropy is near and dear to my heart. I have been fortunate to photograph for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep for over 2 years (as a Photographer and serving on the Leadership Team as a Trainer), partner with an organization in Haiti, participate with the YWCA’s annual fundraising gala each year, and contribute to other local & national organizations my family and I have been affected by.
I’m often thinking of ways photography would be beneficial to others, both long and short term. While it’s a fine line of telling and boasting, I feel strongly that caring for others should be a common conversation that is had, in order to hold one another accountable and inspire each other. When volunteering, giving, or just loving on others becomes taboo, I think that can creep into dangerous territory.
It’s for this reason that I chose to post about these goals: so that I could find out how to better serve others, gain some inspiration from you, and maybe encourage you to find your own passion in giving.
For the next 12 months, I am going to do my best to either donate, serve, or financially support a non-profit organization in our area, and I would love if you had any suggestions for me. Personally, my husband and I love finding different organizations in our community and learning how they are making a difference. If I can be a part of that in some small way, I would love to.
I have a small list going but would still love to hear what you are passionate about. It’s there a specific need you know of that could use a little attention? If so, let me know! Maybe we can work on something fabulous in the New Year.
Teresa Robertson is a Photography-degree, award-winning, published Photographer specializing in all things women & birth. Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Children, or Family, she proudly serves multiple locations, including D.C., Atlanta, Michigan, Orlando, and Oahu. Her Fine Art series ‘Mele Ma’i: Procreation Chants’ can be found here. For information on Bereavement Photography, please visit Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep