Giving Back: Photography for Non-Profits

One of the many saints in my life was my grandmother, known by everyone as Mammaw. As far as I could tell, she lived a life as close to pure love as any mere human could.  "It is more blessed to give than receive," was etched on her heart.

Whenever I live from that place of benevolence, I tell others that the spirit of Mammaw has come over me.

Lately the spirit of Mammaw has encouraged me to share the gift of visual storytelling with those who are doing good in the world. If I lived into her spirit completely, I would charge nothing for my services to nonprofits. I am not that saintly, and neither is my spouse. I give nonprofits a substantial discount, but I do charge something.

If you know a nonprofit who could use some good visual storytelling, have them give me a call. I'll tell them just how generous a discount I give.

Here are a few photographs I took for the Georgia Center for Nonprofits at their recent gathering that took place at The Atlanta History Center.

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Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.