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Shoot for Change at BoConcept Georgetown to Benefit Courage for Kids

I love it when people discover what Joseph Campbell calls our “bliss”. Work stops feeling like work. I also love to see people discover the best way for them to give back to their community. But I especially love it when  personal passion comes together with philanthropy to create unique charities or fundraisers. Shoot for Change is just that.

In November 2006, after Walter Grio posted photos online from a photo shoot in Stockholm, Sweden, he received several requests to take people’s photographs and to name his price. Considering he had just started his photography career, he was a bit surprised that so many people wanted to be photographed by him, let alone actually wanted to pay him. After some consideration, Grio told these people, “All the money from every photo shoot that I do will go to a nonprofit organization.” He knew this was something he needed to do. He immediately bought a domain, created a website, and registered “Shoot for Change” at the US Patent and Trademark Office. He had realized that he truly loved photography and that money would never be a motivating factor. His vision is that “Shoot for Change” will take a life of its own and will become a kaleidoscope of highly skilled photographers, models, designers, stylists, and a creative community with one thing in mind: to shoot for change and inspire the world one click at a time.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

You donate all the money directly to a nonprofit organization of your choice for an amount that we negotiate. You will get the tax benefit of making a donation to a nonprofit organization.

Starting @ $500
– Family and Personal Portraits (1 hour photo shoot)
– Fashion portfolio for Models, Designers, Hair and Makeup Artists, Stylists (1 hour photo shoot)

Starting @ $3500
– Weddings and corporate events (6 hours of coverage)

If you are interested in “modeling for change”, contact Walter Grio at info@shootforchange.com.

Join Shoot for Change at BoConcept in Georgetown on October 7, 2010 from 6:00 p.m until 9:00 p.m. for a Courage for Kids fundraiser. Ted Gibson Salon, Hela Spa, and Kenyetta Greene will be on hand to glam you up before your photo shoot in a number of beautiful sitting areas within BoConcept.

When: Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m.

Where:
BoConcept Georgetown
3342 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tel. +1 202 333 5656
Fax +1 202 333 8856

Donation: $30 for 3 photos

Why: Courage for Kids partners with Bright Beginnings Child Development Center, a child and family development center located right in the heart of Washington D.C that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and their families, to sponsor their Pre-K class. Courage for Kids provides the graduating class with everything they need to start Kindergarten – school uniforms, sneakers and backpacks filled with books and school supplies. Additionally, Courage for Kids partners with Children’s Hospital to provide toys and books for Dr. Bear’s Closet to provide items to children going through treatment, and partners with Hands on DC to improve the physical condition of Washington, DC public schools.

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