FOTO Guide: 8 Ways for Photographers to Give Back

Fotostrap was founded on the principle of giving back.  Founder Katie Norris says, "I didn't want to design an ordinary camera strap, but one that could make a difference. With every purchase, we give to a movement of artists capturing inspiring true stories."

With that in mind, today we're excited to highlight several organizations that are available for professional photographers to use their talents and give back to the community and around the globe. 

First up, we'd like to share about the non-profit Fotolanthropy, which benefits from the proceeds of Fotostrap.  Fotolanthropy documents inspiring true stories of people who have overcome adversity, through photography and film.  Follow @Fotolanthropy on Instagram for behind-the-scenes looks at their next story.

And if you're looking for even more ways to give back using photography, here are seven other amazing organizations:

Blue Earth  - Supports visual storytelling on critical environmental and social issues through direct assistance to photographers and a collaborative community of professionals.
Help Portrait - A global one-day portrait event  where professional photographers offer portraits for free to people in need.  (The next event is December 5, 2015.)
Operation Love Reunited - Provides free professional photography sessions and photo gifts to military families dealing with a deployment.
Red Thread - Provides professional photography for families who are growing their family through adoption.
Second Chance Photos - Provides shelter staff and volunteers with resources to successfully photograph shelter pets, aiding in giving them a second chance for adoption.
The Giving Lens - Centered around photography workshops at unique travel destinations, photographers are able to serve others and learn news skills in a beautiful location, sharing photos and profits with the NGO.
Tiny Sparrow - A non-profit  dedicated to providing lasting memories through photography to families in the U.S. with children who are facing life threatening illnesses.

 Know a photographer who would be interested in this topic?  We invite you to share this with them and encourage ways to give back.

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