The shoot took place downtown at a non-profit called CGS. Contemporary Guidance Services, Inc. (CGS) offers "creative, personalized programs and services to help individuals with special needs learn, grow and thrive in all aspects of their lives.” CGS also helps them find job opportunities and get along successfully in everyday life. After being invited as a guest speaker about a month ago to talk about what it’s like being a photographer in New York City, I came up with the idea of offering free headshots for their students to hopefully help them all land jobs.
It was truly inspiring to see so many people with special needs having such a blast at CGS while finding direction in their lives. CGS enables them to make their dreams a reality, and I was honored to be a part of it, if only for a day. But I know I’ll be going back soon, and hopefully other inspiring organizations like this will reach out to me for free headshots to help their disabled and/or homeless as well. I know the power of a great headshot in helping someone land a job, and I feel like doing this can help put so many deserving people to work in jobs they'll enjoy.
So many of us give up when something bad happens. We feel like the world is crumbling when we lose our job or break up with our partners. I'm guilty of this too! When my business slows down, it feels like the world is ending and I start stressing and worrying. But today has changed me.
Whether we’re thankful for our families, our friends, our talents, our ability to love, or even just the fact that we are breathing, we do have something. If everyone stepped out of their box for a moment and looked at what they have instead of what they don't, I think the world would be a better place.
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