(Information provided below for those hesitant to donate)
As many of you can see there are many photographic services and images that I provide here for absolutely no cost at all. To put it into perspective, for every 1 paid job, I do 4 free donation shoots.
You may ask, "Why don't you start charging people for your work/for the event to make money that way INSTEAD of asking for donations?" My response to that is simple; While I do like money I also know what it is like to be a broke student with no money to afford these so called simplicities. Sometimes there are precious events that go by in our lives that go undocumented due to the fact that for the most part, we can't afford to hire a professional photographer who's rates start at $2000 per event, especially with a high school student's lack of a financial standing.
Now some photographers argue that by doing these events for free I cheapen the value of a photographer's work. While some may see it as that, truth be told that most people would have to cut an arm and a leg in order to afford these photographer's prices, as in, not many photographers would be thrilled to be out in the sun/90 degree weather/rain/28 degree weather shooting an all day track meet/cross country meet/church event/school event as well as be willing to upload the pictures the same night of, unless they were getting paid over $2000 + extra for additional hours and services.
The way I see it, I am giving back to the people and community who helped me get to where I am today. Photographers in my early years helped donate their time and resources to document my precious competitive memories and academic successes and now that they have moved on to different stages in their lives, I feel a need to fill in that empty space left. By doing so I can make sure that those upcoming students and people receive everything I did and more. In addition I love watching and seeing all these events play out.
Now some also may say, "Well you don't need money, you shoot these events for free because you want to. Stop complaining. Also anyone can shoot pictures, and be a photographer. I can give my DSLR camera and give it to my Uncle Bob."
It goes half and half. First off, I have completed my education in photography and digital software and currently work at a photography lab, so I am more than qualified to perform my job with the utmost professional quality.
Secondly, my equipment is worth hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Much like a car, there are maintenances on my camera, lenses, and lighting equipment I have to do in order to make sure that my equipment stays top notch.
"Well, that may be true, but you still do it free because you want to, so don't complain."
And lastly, yes, I do provide these services for free because I want to. I do so because I love being able to provide for those who can't afford these commodities. I love seeing students log onto my website and create favorite albums of their greatest accomplishments. I love it when parents create albums to share with their families who are two countries, three continents, and five planets away. I do it because I was taught to give back to the community. Those who have certain powers and resources should never hesitate to give back, and that is exactly what I intend to do.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO TO?
While it is true that no one is forcing me to take these pictures for free, I will state that no one is forcing anyone to donate here either. I have been asked countless times if I would be willing to accept donations and from a logical standpoint, it would only help me be able to provide even greater services to those who I help out already, and possible help me to help many more along the way.
The money will go to primarily making sure my equipment stays in top notch condition, as well as back up for me to be able to buy new and better equipment, such as camera bodies, lenses, flashes, etc. in order to be able to shoot a variety of things, such as a firefly from two cities away with a $500,000 lens.
All jokes aside however, it does also help provide food, transportation to not only myself, but also my assistants who also volunteer their times to help cover any and every free event we shoot. In addition to my assistants, it also helps cover the athletes who I accompany, such as the El Camino cross country team, as the money is also used to provide them food and refreshments for after their competitions.
Also, the more money we receive, the more free services my team and I can afford to do together, otherwise I may have to find more paying jobs that would not allow me to do free services anymore.
WHAT DO WE GET FROM DONATING?
Your donations are greatly appreciated. A big thanks will be given from me and my team. However, I know that sometimes we do want to see where our money goes to. So I have provided a simple chart below which indicates what kind of "thank you" gifts you will be receiving. Again you can opt out in receiving anything, but let it be known that I can and will give back to you!
Donation of $1 or more
My heartfelt and everlasting gratitude!
Donation of $10 or more
4x6 / 4x5 / 5x5 print of any image in any public/sport gallery!
Donation of $50 or more
8x10 / 8x12 / 10x10 / 8.5x11 print of any image in any public/sport/project gallery!
Donation of $100 or more
11x14 / 10x13 / 12x12 / 12x18 print of an image in any public/sport/project gallery!
Donation of $200 or more
1 Framed 11x14 image print from any public/sport/project gallery.
1 20x20 / 20x24 / 16x24 / 20x30 image print from any public/sport/project gallery.
Select 20 images from any public/sport/project gallery and I will create a Soft Cover 8x12 book for you! I will also mail it to you as well!
Estimated delivery: 3-6 weeks
Donation of $300 or more
1 24x30 / 24x36 image print from any public/sport/project gallery
1 Framed (signed or unsigned) 12x18 image print from any public/sport/project gallery.
Select 20 images from any public/sport/project gallery and I will create a Hard Cover 8x12 book for you! I will also mail it to you as well! I will also sign it and write a personal thank you to you!
Estimated delivery: 3-6 weeks
Donation of $500 or more
Select 40 images from any public/sport/project gallery and I will create a Hard Cover 8x12 book for you! I will also mail it to you as well!
Select 20 images from any public/sport/project gallery and I will create a Hard Cover 12x18 book for you! I will also mail it to you as well!
Estimated delivery: 3-6 Weeks
Donation of $1,000 or more
A portrait session with your family and prints from the photo session! (Limited to families within a 200 mile radius of Oceanside.)
Select 40 images from any public/sport/project gallery and I will create a Hard Cover 12x18 book for you! I will also mail it to you as well!
Donation of $2,000 or more
At this point I am uncertain if anyone would donate this much, but if they do I will get creative and sell my life away to do a creative and beyond amazing service for you.
If you have read this far, thank you so much! I look forward to continue to provide excellent service for you all!