About Donation Based Photography
Why go Donation Based?
Until November 15th, Kim Brock Photography will be offering free photography services in exchanged of a suggested donation to REACH Studio Art Center. Since November of 2013, I have been serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA with REACH Studio Art Center. Through this opportunity to serve my community, I have been inspired to continue my service on “my time” and provide free photography to my clients.
My only request is a donation of at least $50 to REACH Studio Art Center.
What is REACH Studio Art Center?
REACH is a non-profit community art center located in the REO Town district of Lansing. Their mission is to provide art learning opportunities to the Lansing area’s kids and adults, especially those who find access to the arts difficult because of location or costs. Through community support, a dedicated staff, and volunteer base, REACH is able to provide HALF of their classes for free! The other half, is offered at low cost or with scholarship support. I have been volunteering there off and on since 2009 and in November, took the roll as AmeriCorps VISTA.
What will my donation support?
For years, REACH has been bursting at the seams and in 2013, bought the rundown block, including the 1,100 sq ft space they have been operating out of for 10 years, to renovate and expand their space. A few weeks ago, construction began! 100% of your donation will go directly to the expansion efforts to create 4 large studio spaces, a courtyard, a media lab, a gallery space dedicated to Youth Art, and more!
I hope you will consider the value of the photography
you receive and will give generously!
What is AmeriCorps VISTA?
AmeriCorps VISTA is a branch of The Corporation of National and Community Service. The VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program was founded to fight poverty, think the domestic version of The PeaceCorps. Specifically, a VISTA serves at an organization that serves the under privileged. There work is done “behind the scenes” to establish and organize systems for the organization to better serve their clients. My main job at REACH, is to develop funds for programming and expansion efforts.
About Kim Brock
I’m Kim Brock. I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in studio art and I’ve been a professional photographer for the past five years. I specialize in family, children and high school senior portrait photography. My style is fresh, creative and fun. I am a local girl and recently returned to the Lansing area after a few years in Grand Rapids, MI. Although the city and near by Michigan landscapes were great, I missed the warmth and diversity that is unique to Lansing and decided to move my business back home. Since November 2013, I have been serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at REACH Studio Art Center.
The three generations of cameras in my logo represent the magic of looking back in time through photographs. The oldest camera in the collection is a No. A1 Pocket Kodak that my great grandfather used to photograph my grandmother and her siblings growing up on the farm in Rush County, Indiana, during the 1920s. In the 1960s my then ten year old aunt used this Six- 20 Brownie Junior camera to photograph her childhood friends and family in suburban Washington, D.C. My aunt and great grandfather weren’t thinking of me when they took these photographs, but now I can see the past through their eyes. What a wonderful gift! I am a photographer because I can give family history to my clients. The photographs I take not only give happiness today but will create magic for my client’s families and their future generations. Will the picture I take of a graduating senior in 2014 be put in a frame to be admired by a future granddaughter or niece? Will a soon-to-be bride and her fiancé see the pictures of her parents’ wedding and sense the same feelings of excitement and hope their parents felt anticipating their special day?
I want your portrait to say something about who you are. This means you can wear what you’re comfortable wearing, in a place you love. While we will get a few posed shots, my portraits are not about big cheesy smiles at the camera. I won’t give an overwhelming amount of direction and I’m going to encourage your kids to be kids. So don’t worry, we’re going to have fun!