I am a big advocate for raising awareness for hunger, poverty and homelessness. The subject is very dear to me. Although I don’t have a personal story or connection with homelessness, the idea of being homeless has always struck a nerve with me. When I’m out talking about the subject with others, the general idea seems to be that homelessness happens over a long period of time, when in fact one could go from being a part of a working class family to homeless almost over night.
To add to the matter, it is said that almost 10% of the homeless in America are U.S. Veterans. People who have served their country with pride and dignity but live in the streets as a token of our gratitude.
As a photographer, I’m always trying to find ways to use talents for a greater good. One of my personal projects is called the #headshotproject. This project serves two functions to end homelessness and build awareness for hunger and poverty. First, I donate a headshot to someone in need whenever someone books a paid headshot session. This is a 1 for 1 deal. So, if a company hires me to shoot 25 headshots, then I donate 25 headshots to Job and Family Services or a similar agency. This may not have a direct impact on homelessness but it helps keep those with homes in them by improving their job placement opportunities.
The second part of the #headshotproject is to show that homelessness does look a certain way. My goal is to shoot 10,000 headshots of all walks of life to raise awareness that homelessness doesn’t have a face. I set up my headshot booth at social events and shoot headshots to work toward my goal of 10,000. Low resolution versions of the headshots can be downloaded for free. A donation can be made to download the full resolution version.
Homelessness is a pandemic. Anyone can end up homeless in a blink of an eye. There are people in the U.S. workforce that live out of their vehicles or on the streets with no place to call home due to low wages, marital problems or financial struggles.
November 14-22 is National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week and I hope that you can find a way to help my cause by donating food or blankets to local charities or talk to your place of work about bringing me in to shoot headshots so that I may continue my mission of raising awareness. If you would like information about how you can get involved, please contact me directly.