Pictures That Give - Beyond The Portrait

Pictures That Give

Pictures That Give is a fiscally sponsored project of The Children Are Our Future, a 501(c)3 located in Capitola, California.

OUR MISSION: To use the art of photography to empower, advocate, and increase funding for individuals or groups through partnerships with non-profits or social service agencies.

ABOUT US: Pictures That Give is a camera sharing program that uses photography to help those in need. I started Pictures That Give in conjunction with another small non-profit called the Wat Leu Village Children's Fund. With the help of a friend, I taught basic photography to a group of children in Cambodia, arranged an exhibit with their photographs to raise funds, then returned a year later with 50 pairs of shoes for all the children in that village. 

The program was so successful - and so rewarding - that I decided to bring it closer to home. 

CONTACT ME: If  you know of a group or organization that might benefit from this type or program, I'd love to hear from you. Email me or use the contact form at the top of the page. 

Current Projects

I am currently working with members of the Downtown Streets Team in Santa Cruz, California, a group whose members who are all currently enduring varying degrees of homelessness. My goal with this project has many layers.Yes, we take pictures, we sell pictures, we raise money, BUT beyond these portraits are human beings trying to shed the stigma of being homeless. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, scholars, artists, even photographers. They are something besides homeless and I hope to show you what that is, using their photography and mine.

Upcoming Events

A fundraising exhibit featuring the photography of the Downtown Streets Team will take place on First Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Santa Cruz Food Lounge on Center Street in Downtown Santa Cruz.

Come out and support this incredible cause. There will be music by the Downtown Streets Team band and a delicious pop-up menu by the talented chef Clarissa Flores from Kutsara. 

Many of the artists will be present to share their work and experiences with you.

Check out the gallery to the right see pictures and bios of our current participants. It will be populated with their work by the exhibit date. Check back often for new additions! 

Follow along on our Facebook Page for current updates about the event.

How can you help?

DONATE: I am always looking for donations of used but working point-and-shoot digital cameras, along with batteries, chargers and SD cards. Small camera bags would also be welcomed.  Monetary donations are also appreciated and can be made securely using the "Donate" button. 

BUY: Items purchased from their respective galleries will go towards helping the participants of that gallery. 

Past Projects

You can select a gallery to read more about the project and who it supports, as well as browse photographs taken by participants. 

The purchase of any photo helps all people of its respective group. 

Cambodia 2017

Cambodia 2018

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