By booking a session with me you are indirectly supporting the many causes I support.
Giving back to our community has always been very important to me. Whether it's shopping for an elderly neighbour or volunteering my time for various causes, it's about being part of a wider community.
I am lucky to be able to use my photography in many ways to support causes close to my heart.
Free Shop Crawley
Free Shop Crawley was set up by a few local mums who wanted to make sure that anyone in need of a weekly top up of food and other essentials, have somewhere local to go where they will be greeted by a friendly smile.
I popped in on their opening day and volunteered my time to take photos of their store and the team. They have been able to use the images for posts to ask for donations as well as publicity in both The Crawley Observer and The Argus.
I am so excited to be part of this a collaborative project between LPK Learning, Crawley Museum and myself, to bring our community together, through photography and sharing our individual stories.
I have taken doorstep photographs all over Crawley, along with each household's account of what lockdown has meant to them, whilst LPK Learning has been collecting resident's own photographs. Our aim is for these images to be exhibited at Crawley Museum for us all to enjoy. The prints will be donated to the museum and digital copies given to West Sussex Record Office, for future generations to enjoy. I have donated my time for the captures and will give each household a digital images as a keepsake of this this time.
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who backed this project! We hit our funding target and are looking forward to see you all at our exhibition at Crawley Museum some time in 2021.
In addition to being a volunteer photographer, as well as a digital retoucher, for Remember My Baby, over the last few years I have given away over 15 studio sessions (including images) for raffles to raise money for various charities. I raised over £500 for Ebonie's Journey through 'Vintage Mini-Sessions', fundraised for Upon Butterfly Wings and volunteered my time to take and edit photos for a local school with all fees going towards new school equipment.
I also regularly attend events arranged by LPK Learning CIC, such as Litter Picking and Book in the Park, both to participate with my boys and to volunteer my photography skills to promote their events. They are an amazing not-for-profit community organisation offering innovative learning and wellbeing activities in Crawley and across Surrey & Sussex.
You can find out more about them here
I have supported Giving Back Crawley by taking photographs to highlight their need for a permanent location to feed their homeless customers as well as taken photographs on behalf of Crawley Open House during their event 'Big Crawley Sleepout'