posted by Joseph Gidjunis on November 17, 2012 Return to Non-Profits

Documenting Good Works for Cradles 2 Crayons

Being a newspaperman by love and training, I’ve always been drawn to real moments, documentary photography, and driving attention toward good deeds deserving of the spotlight. We take pride in partnering with charities and non-profit organizations doing good work needed to improve the lives of so many, which is why we started our non-profit photography branch, JPG Cares:

To show that commitment, we offer a 50% discount…yes, half-off…all work that we do for non-profits and charities. And, for every hour of photography we’re hired for at full price throughout the year documenting our weddings, portraits, corporate and other events, we provide 15 minutes of services to charities and non-profits for free or at this reduced rate. JPG doesn’t just shoot candids. True storytelling, with a documentary focus, means we capture real moments that transform the image of your organization, and make it come to life. With so much competition, showcasing YOUR Story separates your organization from the rest.

At JPG Photography, we believe that a child’s education should always be a priority. And when we see such organization at Cradles to Crayons offering to help supply these materials, we can’t help but become involved in documenting their amazing events! We’ve been documenting their events for three years, and during their Backpack-A-Thons, tons of volunteers arrive to fill new backpacks filled with school supplies. In March 2012, we joined them for their Sort-Off Challenge, where college students around the area played games with clothing and supplies, which were then donated to Philadelphia youth. They invited us back this year for their 6th annual ‘thon, so we grabbed our gear and made our way to Lincoln Financial Field!

When we first arrived at the stadium, we were greeted with Backpack-A-Thon caps. We started out by taking photos of people registering to join the fun, and man, the tables were packed! We moved on to the event floor, and we looked for some good angles to show the enormity of the operation. Wall to wall, the stadium’s halls were lined with supplies and volunteers. After a pep talk from executive director Michal Smith, the craziness started!

People started running around to get supplies, eager to finish and be named the fastest backpack-packer in the city of Brotherly Love. The 20,000 backpacks filled goal was reached in just under two hours. Volunteers came from all types of organizations were there, such as Wal-Mart, UPS, and United Way. We love it when we document organizations, which bring together a diverse group of people, were able to come and work together towards this common goal. They were unified under the common goal of helping needy Philadelphia students. Every time we’re in the city, we look for those book bags, because they remind us of that day!

The opportunity to work with non-profits such as Cradles to Crayons has been a pleasure over the past years, and we’re grateful to continue to work with them for events to come. Thank you for choosing JPG Photography and our non-profit/commercial wing JPG Cares, to document your awesome events!

The Staff of JPG Photography

Photographers on this Shoot

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