A New Age of Images with Eco-Friendly Photographers
Technology has made it easier than ever for businesses to go green. Almost everything can be done digitally without paper. This is especially true with photography. Photographers are leading the way to a greener future with a new age of images, but is going digital enough to claim to be a green photographer?
Most photographers have embraced the digital age. They use digital cameras, print digital images and store photos electronically. Yet many don’t claim to be “green”, even with the popularity of the eco-movement. It takes more than going digital to be a “green” photographer.
For photographer, Kristina Carter of Vrai Photography, “being green isn’t just about recycling or going digital. It’s a mindset and a lifestyle,” and she is more than happy to share that with her clients.
So if choosing a photographer that shares your ideals and eco-friendly attitude is important to you, what should you look for in a green photographer? In addition to going digital many “green” photographers take recycling seriously, and they use energy efficient lighting and equipment.
Eco-friendly photographers are often as passionate about the environment as they are about their work.
Anne Ruthmann, of Anne Ruthmann Photography, says she’s been “a bit of an earth loving hippie for about 10 years,” so it’s no surprise that she makes all her business decisions with green practices in mind, though she also says, “each year I learn more and more about additional ways I can help the environment. I’m definitely nowhere near as earth friendly as I would like to be, but it’s an educational journey and every little step helps.”
Corey McNabb, of Corey McNabb Photography, says of everyone at his studio “we’re always trying to find new ways to help the environment and hope that in some way we can make a small dent.” He decided to green his studio not too long ago by switching to recycled paper products, adopting a stringent recycling program, going digital as much as possible including delivering contracts, documents and photo proofs digitally, and they’ve greened the studio itself with energy efficient light bulbs, a programmable thermostat, a controlled water heater, and they now use rechargeable batteries. Plus they use reusable shopping bags made from recycled materials.
The husband and wife team at Grazier Photography decided to go beyond their eco-friendly lifestyle (they work from home, shoot digitally, are conscientious about recycling, and donate to charity) and offer a Green Photography Package. The photo books in this package are made from at least 50% recycled content and are produced in an environmentally conscious way. They also are putting 5% from every green package into carbon offsets.
So what else do green photographers do that makes them so eco-friendly? They eat local and organic food, they carpool, and they donate time, energy and/or money to charitable causes. They probably do many of the things that you do to be green.
So how do you find a green photographer? Hit green living Web sites, green wedding sites, look on Craig’s List, ask people. Word of mouth is a big deal; you may find someone fabulous through the grapevine.
Green photographers are out there and they will be thrilled to shoot your marvelous eco-event.
~Wenona Napolitano is the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book which will be out in December 2008. You can learn more about her and the book at www.everythinggreenweddings.blogspot.com