And I was able to spend time with and photograph these beautiful people.
I also want to send a big THANK YOU to Keller Street CoWork, who generously donated the space for the photo shoots, and to Elizabeth Mori, who volunteered to assist during the photo shoots.
It feels really good to live in a community that cares so much about others and strives to make the world better, especially when the world feels upside down.
And when the world feels upside down, I feel very lucky to be able to use my photography to help in the way I know how. When I get discouraged that what I can do doesn’t feel like much, I remember my middle school motto: Together We Can.
Thank you for supporting my photography and women’s rights. While this fundraiser has finished, I guarantee there will be more fundraisers in the future. So let me know your photo needs and stay tuned for future photo fundraisers. Happy Giving Tuesday!
As you have probably heard, women’s rights are under attack in Afghanistan and in Texas.
Listening to the news makes me feel helpless. Helpless because I don’t have money to donate, and helpless because I live in a small crowded house and don’t have any room for refugees, although I have thought about trying to make it work.
And then I remembered I can offer photo shoots, like I have done in the past. I have been thinking about doing a headshot day for awhile, so now feels like the time to do it.
The cost of a 20min headshot session will be $350 and I will donate $175 to the nonprofit you choose, either Women for Afghan Women or the Lilith Fund inTexas. You will get 2 edited high resolution files of your choice and all unedited digital files.
Send me a venmo, with the name of the nonprofit you choose, for either $350 – OR
Send me a venmo for $175 and an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a receipt of your donation to one of the two organizations for a minimum of $175
If you want to be extra generous and pay it forward to a local a BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ person in need of headshots then please send me a venmo, with the name of the nonprofit you choose, for $700 and that will cover the cost of a headshot and donation for you and an extra person.
Who: All people are welcome to sign up for a headshot. If you don’t need a headshot but want to squeeze in a quick family shoot that’s ok too. I love animals, you can definitely bring your pets.
What: The headshots can be used for whatever you need them for.
Where: I am not sure the exact location in Petaluma the headshots will be held yet. You will get an email with details after you register. If you have a location that you think would be ideal, please let me know. I’d love to hear some ideas.
If you have to cancel, please do so with as much notice as possible.
If you realize you can’t make your slot at the last minute, please try to find a friend to fill your spot.
There will be no refunds if you cancel the day of the photo shoot.
The schedule will be tight, so please arrive a little early, so you don’t miss your spot.
If it is an unhealthy smokey air day then I will reschedule.
At this point I only have two days available for this special offer. If it goes well then maybe I’ll offer more.
I will wear a mask and stay six feet away and hopefully the location will be outside, or at least have a big open door to keep the fresh air moving.
I need a helper each day, so if you would like headshots, but can not afford the cost, but have time to volunteer then please send me an email: email@example.com
If you need a tax deduction then please make the donation directly to one of the two nonprofits.
If you don’t need photos, but want to pay it forward that is awesome too. I am happy to offer your photo shoot to a local Petaluman who needs photos.
I wish I could donate the entire fee to the nonprofits as I have done in the past, but I need to feed my family as well, so this year I am donating half the amount. Usually my headshots cost over $600, so this is a deal.
All photos on this page are samples of headshots I have taken over the years. I do not know what the background will be yet, but I will try to let you know ahead of time.
THANK YOU for reading this far. Please share this post with anyone in the SF Bay Area, who you think would like the opportunity to support women’s human rights and get some new headshots. If you live in a different part of the Bay Area and think you know enough people who would be interested, I am happy to come to different towns too. Thank you for caring and sharing. I hope to see your faces soon. xxx
The Valley Fire could become one of the top 5 most destructive fires in our history; the toll on our region’s landscape and community is heartbreaking.
I was able to raise $3,150 in 24 hours for the Valley Fire relief efforts by offering free photo shoots in exchange for donations.
Think what we could raise if every photographer made the same offer in their community.
If you are a photographer who would like to help, here is the challenge offer:
FREE one hour digital photo shoots in (name of your town) to the first 10 people who donate ($$) or more to one of the following organizations that is raising money to support the relief efforts for the victims of the Lake County area fires.
Please use the hashtag #photographfighter so we can see everyone who is playing and their photos.
These are the nonprofits my clients donated directly to:
“No matter who you are or where you’re from, home means something to you. Homes serve as the backdrop for our childhood memories as well as the background of the interpersonal dramas in our lives. Our homes hold an iconic status as a place we can always belong. A place we can always be ourselves, let our guard down and still be loved. Home is a place you look forward to, a place where just being yourself is good enough,” Dr Robi Ludwig.
While having your home burn down isn’t the end of the world, when your whole community (13,000 residents) and the land around it (more than 67,000 acres) burns down as well… I think it might feel pretty close to the end of your world.
It is certainly not something I ever hope to experience.
This being the first time I have lived so close to a crisis of this scale, it is so powerful and moving to see my community rally together to help the families who have lost everything and I want to do my part as well.
So I am offering FREE one hour digital photo shoots in Petaluma to the first 10 people who donate $250 or more to one of the following organizations that is raising money to support the relief efforts for the victims of the Lake County area fires (value $450.)
Once you make a donation directly to the organization, please send your proof of payment to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set up a time to photograph your family in your home.
Offer is good for a one hour family digital photo shoot in Petaluma and it includes five high-resolution digital files. Additional files can be purchased. Additional travel fee for photo shoots outside of Petaluma.
It has been ages since my last post, and for that I apologize. It has been a crazy time, but I am back and ready to blog again. The good news is, hopefully, there will be lots of fun posts, as I have to make up for lost time.
The most recent photo news: Arann and I built a photo booth… for real. A for real real photo booth, and so we are excited to have that as a part of the Paige Green Photography tool box.
The occasion was KWMR’s Bi-Annual Barn Party Gala at Warren Hellman’s amazing ranch in West Marin and the theme was the Golden Age of Radio. Warren Hellman is the fantastic man behind the (FREE) Hardly Strictly Bluegrass concert series in the Golden Gate Park every year. So, needless to say, Arann, a big fan of bluegrass and an aspiring performer at Hardly Strictly, really really wanted to go to KWMR’s Bi-Annual Barn Party Gala at Warren Hellman’s barn…. so he sold KWMR on a photo booth… that we didn’t have.
(Here we are still setting it up and testing it out. I really liked the distorted larger than life head and tiny body wide angle look… but Arann thought it was a bit much… so we went with a more standard style below.)
So… long story short… we pulled it off (barely) by the hair of our collective chins… and in the end it looked pretty cool. And now we are excited to use it for future events… so if you want a photo booth at your next event… we’ve got a good one for you… just tell us the theme and well bring the props.
For those of you who attended the event, and would like your complimentary paige green photography photo booth photo… just click here.