I've written a lot about two specific topics, the importance of giving back and second, special projects. Here's an example of what one photographer is doing to cover both.
Simon King is a photographer in the UK who's shared a couple of the most read guest posts we've ever had on the SCU site. His guest post, Time to Act Like a Head Chef, nailed one of the biggest challenges for professional photographers, dealing with price shoppers.
Now he's taking two of his greatest passions and putting them together in one book project, Cowboy Up. Simon has always been fascinated with the American Rodeo and the lives of the last true cowboys. It's a special project that keeps him focused on one aspect of his photographic passion, sports. At the same time this book project is about to help him raise funds for two different children's organizations - one on each side of the "pond" in the UK and US.
As you read through Simon's Kickstarter concept you'll see no mention yet of the names of the specific two charities, but that's only because of the time element required for their approval process. Within the next week or so he'll have final approval and the specific associations will be announced.
What's exciting for me has been watching Simon go from concept to reality. Each step of the way has been another milestone and a key element to making this a success.
Special projects help you stay focused on your passion when your "day job" has you photographing something different - the work that pays the bills. Special projects also help you stay creative and when you can take a project and turn it into a vehicle to help give back, you've got the best of both worlds!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.