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Small Ottawa Photo Studio Earns Good Karma by Giving Back

Inspired by an audio program by Ben & Jerry's (yes the ice-cream guys) I heard decades ago, I thought of a way a little business like mine could make a difference to those less fortunate. I knew I would never be able to write large cheques to the various charities I liked so I came up with several "Don't pay us, pay them" charity promotions.


The idea was simple, we would run promotions and offer our services free to those people who would contribute to the selected charity. The client would save some money and get the tax receipt, we would earn the good karma.


Over the last couple of decades, we have been able to help in a small way. Rotary International honoured me with a Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of my efforts.

- Wheelchair Foundation Canada, 48 wheelchairs donated through various business headshot promotions and delivered to the needy in the third world.
- WaterCan, our portrait and grad photo promotion raised funds to build a well in Ethiopia providing safe clean water to the Bachoo-Ilu village.  
- Smile Train, we raised $1125. Enough to provide four children with free cleft pallet surgery.
- Polio Plus, raised money to buy 3,600 doses of the Polio vaccine. 
- 1989 Ontario Games for the Physically Disabled, Bronze Patron Sponsor 

Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya
House in Guinea Bissau

Well, Chickens of Course

2020 being a very hard year for all of us I wanted to help some of the most needy.


I received a World Vision Gift Catalog in my inbox. Too easy I thought. So I went on a shopping spree buying chickens, school supplies, emergency food supplies, children's boots, sports equipment, seeds and farm tools for Africa’s most needy. I feel so good about my choice that I have decided that this will be a new tradition for me.

Fresh Water Well in Ethiopia
Wheelchair Foundation Canada
Wheelchair Foundation Canada
Paul Harris Fellowship Medal
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Ottawa Photographers, also serving Kanata, Nepean, Manotick, Richmond, North Gower 1980-2021

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