Giving back to the community, especially the one that you live in, is a great feeling and just good Karma. It is also good way to get out and to get to know people who would have probably otherwise never met and walk away with some cool relationships. No matter what your profession is plumber, artist, cook, doctor, technician, attorney, trucker, etc., you can find a way to give back. The best part is it doesn’t have to necessarily be with large amounts of money! It can be with a small donation here or there (and surprisingly those generate the most smiles) and you can supplement with your talents or services. In my case I get to take hilarious pictures that generated huge smiles. The only way to grow out of ones shell is to go out and put yourself in a situation. Now, I’m not talking about running through 18 lanes of L.A. rush hour traffic but if you did make it out alive out of that frogger chaos, you definitely grew enough for the next 10 years. Ideally, the situations I’m referring to would be jumping on to a dance floor and busting a move for the first time or getting in front of your colleagues a recite a speech you always had stuffed in your back pocket before it officially turns into pocket lint. So this similarly parallels my opening about giving back to community. If you are in the Greater Brandon, Fl area listen to the news, tweets, and Facebook status of your fellow colleagues. For an hour or so get out from under the sink, stop painting your canvas, put the spatula down, hang up the stethoscope, tuck away the Allen wrench, skip out of your office, and park your truck to give back. This is how…
Recently I was asked to photograph a crew of mobsters participating in a future Cash Mob, date to be announced, with the Brandon Chamber and Focus Magazine. What’s a Cash Mob? I know what you’re thinking, there is some similarity with the Flash Mob but it’s not some dancing hijinks throwing out cash freely like a Magic Mike movie. The whole idea behind this shoot is fun gritty mug shots for all our business gangsta’s. This was a part of me giving back through services that I can offer, the other part, me being at the place of business when the Mob holds up the business to buy some really cool goodies.
Cash Mob– A Cash Mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business and everyone participating spends a minimum previously agreed upon amount (or more) and buys items from that business. The purpose of these mobs is to support both the local businesses and the overall the good of the community. You buy from them, they buy from you, and the happy circle goes round and round. They may also serve a secondary purpose to help your business as well in providing social networking opportunities. Even if they don’t buy or use services from you that you might provided, they may know someone who will! It keeps small business in big towns thriving essentially since we live in the times of big box stores. People put faces to names, and then you’re not just a name but a person that they actually want to do business with. They were inspired by Flash Mobs. The cash mob is related to the carrotmob, which supports companies for ethical, mainly pro-environmental actions. wiki
Here’s a couple of individuals that really stood out from the Cash Mob photo shoot and gave me a great chuckle. Kinda makes me wonder what they have done in their past dealings but I won’t question them directly.
For you strobist folks, the photos was shot on a Canon 7d strapped to a Canon 50 f1.2L blasting away in the forms of f2.2 iso200 1/160sec. A Canon 580ex2 on the camera’s hotshoe firing in manual mode towards the ceiling with an Alien Bee B800 firing towards a 43″ reflective umbrella at it’s lowest power setting at camera left. The setting was actually shot in a hall way and the Alien Bee was placed at mouth of the hallway.
So watch out local small businesses, the Cash Mob is out there ready to strike at any time. 😉