Once you have embarked on your adventure, the real fun begins. Now you get a chance to meet the locals and give them something meaningful, a family portrait.
3. Give Photos
Once you reach the community that will benefit from our Portrait Equality project, the next step is to meet some locals. Pace yourself and try to focus on making sure family units (mums and bubs, whole families) get your priority at each location you visit. If you are unsure about approaching the locals, nothing is a better icebreaker than offering them a free picture. They may not really understand what you are offering at first (especially if there is a language barrier), but as soon as that little film starts developing, they will be so grateful they might offer you something in return. Take the time to get to know their story and you will have an even more memorable trip.
We ask that you do not accept money in exchange for Portrait Equality photos, but it would be rude to turn down other gestures of gratitude such as food or invitations to events, so enjoy the experiences.
4. Take Your Own Pictures
You will also be travelling with a ‘proper’ camera in addition to your Portrait Equality instant camera, so make sure to take a few shots of the local families that you can use to tell your story when you get back. Check out some of the other stories from previous trips to get an idea of what we are looking for. Take some pictures of the families when they receive the film, just some of the families themselves, and even a couple photos of the films themselves once they are developed. By no means do you need to document each of the 40+ families you meet, just those who especially make an impact and whose story you wish to share.
While you are away, at some point, please find some internet to share a tidbit of your experiences along with a quick photo. We will put up a blog post for you, and share it with our facebook and twitter readership. They are very interested to see how we are helping through #portraitequality.
Once you get back from your adventure, please collect your thoughts and your photos and send them to us so we can share it with others on our website and in print to encourage others to become Portrait Equality photographers or sponsors around the world.
You can send us your story via email and the photos through a dropbox link we will send you separately.
Please post back the loaned camera as soon as you return as well so we can send it on to its next destination and help even more families receive their first family portraits.