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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!

A Day in the Life of a Designer

I recently embarked on a documentary photography project featuring women in their workday.  Being myself a mom, wife, entrepreneur, friend, cook, and chauffeur, I feel like I want to celebrate the sometimes wonderful, sometimes remarkable, sometimes ordinary, and always beautiful lives of my fellow women. In this case it is a day in the life of a designer - Kellie Lansberry of Inspired by Design.  I was struck first by how her phone is a like a barnacle attached to her ear.  It is never ending: incoming calls and texts from clients, employees, contractors, suppliers, friends, and Tinder.  Yes, Tinder, a single girl has to juggle her love life, too.  Kellie's day began with training her new assistant and progressed to driving around to different show rooms and warehouses, grabbing samples, ordering supplies, picking up materials.  Between phone calls she stopped at Starbucks twice, flirted with clerks, and juggled last minute changes from a client.   Kellie came up with inventive solutions working with her vendors to create answers to surprise problems.  At the end of the day she had a final walk-through of her gorgeous remodel in The Preserve.   Her day wound down with a great deal of puppy love.  If you would like to see more of the photos of Kellie's finished remodel in The Preserve, check them out on her Facebook page.

A Day in the Life of a designer - kellie at her desk
A Day in the Life of a designer - kellie at her desk
A Day in the Life of a designer - kellie at desk getting dog kiss
A Day in the Life of a designer - kellie at desk getting dog kiss
A Day in the Life of a designer - kellie at starbucks drive through
A Day in the Life of a designer - kellie at starbucks drive through
A Day in the Life of a designer- talking to sales guy at lighting store
A Day in the Life of a designer- talking to sales guy at lighting store
A Day in the Life of a designer - choosing flooring
A Day in the Life of a designer - choosing flooring
A Day in the Life of a designer - selecting sink finish
A Day in the Life of a designer - selecting sink finish
A Day in the Life of a designer - checking an invoice
A Day in the Life of a designer - checking an invoice
A Day in the Life of a designer - picking hardware
A Day in the Life of a designer - picking hardware
A Day in the Life of a designer - showing client tile
A Day in the Life of a designer - showing client tile
A Day in the Life of a designer - unloading tile
A Day in the Life of a designer - unloading tile
A Day in the Life of a designer - unloading tile car point of view
A Day in the Life of a designer - unloading tile car point of view
A Day in the Life of a designer - talking to client
A Day in the Life of a designer - talking to client
A Day in the Life of a designern - talking to client 2
A Day in the Life of a designern - talking to client 2
A Day in the Life of a designer - talking to client through doorway
A Day in the Life of a designer - talking to client through doorway
A Day in the Life of a designer - client shows kellie somethig
A Day in the Life of a designer - client shows kellie somethig
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - texting in an empty room
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - texting in an empty room
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - kellie and client both taking phone photos
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - kellie and client both taking phone photos
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - petting the dog
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - petting the dog
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - getting ready for bed
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - getting ready for bed
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - snuggling with the dogs
A Day in the Life of Inspired By Design - snuggling with the dogs

Willy Wilson is a Denver lifestyle photographer.