Day in the Life of a Non-Profit

Woman using props to train staff using stuffed animals as props.
Woman using props to train staff using stuffed animals as props.
A woman in a wheelchair smiling as she picks carrots from a tabletop garden.
A woman in a wheelchair smiling as she picks carrots from a tabletop garden.
Man grating cheese with one hand and a helper.
Man grating cheese with one hand and a helper.

I spent the better part of a day with the awesome folks at the Rocky Mountain MS Center King Adult Day Enrichment Program (KADEP).    The objective of the day was to show the fun and supportive programs offered by the center and their amazing staff.  I made a couple new friends that day and gained a whole new level of awareness and respect for people living with multiple sclerosis and other acquired neurological disorders.

Laugher yoga class.
Laugher yoga class.
Woman working on a craft project with a helper.
Woman working on a craft project with a helper.

Day in the life of a non-profit photography has the benefit of providing tons of marketing images for the organization, it tells the story of the people who benefit from their efforts,  and reveals detail and context to a story that is often untold to the general public.

KADEP has a program that involves different fun classes ranging from cooking, laughter yoga, crafts, boxing, gardening, even trips to go rafting or visiting casinos.  They have an amazing machine called the LiteGate which allows people to stand without having to bear all their own weight.  It literally helps people get back on their feet.

Woman walking on a LiteGait
Woman walking on a LiteGait
Two physical therapists help a woman using a LiteGait.
Two physical therapists help a woman using a LiteGait.

I've been told by a friend who is a professional in the non-profit world that there are statistics showing that people are more likely to donate after seeing a powerful image than a powerful video.  I think that's because when you see a photo that moves you,  you are making up the backstory in your own mind.  You have the context of knowing the image is related to the non-profit in question, but you tell yourself the story that explains why someone looks tired or sad, why their eyes are closed or their fist is clenched.   Creating the story in your own mind gives you more motivation to donate because you've told yourself the most moving story that would spur you to action.

Man with MS in a wheelchair wearing boxing gloves takes a swing.
Man with MS in a wheelchair wearing boxing gloves takes a swing.
A day in the life of a non-profit at KADEP in the garden with Brent.
A day in the life of a non-profit at KADEP in the garden with Brent.
Shot from below - a couple of people boxing.
Shot from below - a couple of people boxing.
Action shot of a woman with MS boxing.
Action shot of a woman with MS boxing.
Man in a wheelchair plaing indoor softball.
Man in a wheelchair plaing indoor softball.
Black and white of a man stretching in exercise class.
Black and white of a man stretching in exercise class.
An aide helps a woman with her crochet project.
An aide helps a woman with her crochet project.
Cooking class
Cooking class
A man in a wheelchair laughing.
A man in a wheelchair laughing.

Day in the Life photography for business is a way to tell the story of an organization that creates a personal story and connects with people on an emotional level.

If you would like to learn more about Day in the Life Photography for a Non-Profit, please Contact Me!