This year, my kids have plans for Halloween that don’t require me to be there. Instead of sitting by my front door, passing out tooth decay and diabetes wrapped in a pretty package (candy), I’m going to give my community portraits instead.
Let’s face it, not only is most Halloween candy unhealthy, it’s down right expensive. This Halloween, I’ll be reducing the amount of candy I buy to give to children and instead will be setting up a strobe and a big parabolic modifier in front of my house to capture portraits of trick-or-treaters in their costumes. The idea came to me last year; however, I procrastinated, and the idea never materialized.
How is this beneficial to me? Well, I had to break it to myself around the time my son was born that life isn’t entirely about me. Crazy, right? I’ll pass out business cards with a link to my website to those I photograph and I’ll host a gallery for a week or so following the Halloween holiday so families can download web-sized images of their kids for free. I’ll gain some extra website traffic and perhaps some exposure to those in my community who may have not been aware of my photographic services. Other than that, I think it’ll be fun, and that’s a win if you ask me.
Give back to your community this Halloween and save a few extra bucks by buying less candy and taking more pictures.