SOURCE: Keith Pitts Photography

Keith Pitts Photography

September 28, 2009 11:00 ET

Photographer Offers Schools and Non-Profits "No-Cheese Portrait Program" for Easy Fundraising

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - September 28, 2009) - Most parents dread portrait sittings. Likewise, children aren't thrilled to sit still and force a smile. The answer, chuckles Keith Pitts of Keith Pitts Photography, is simply "cutting the cheese." That is, eliminating more staged childrens portraits to instead capture children playing, interacting and just being kids. Such freestyle photography is the approach for the new No-Cheese Portrait Program, a fundraising program, which enables schools and charitable organizations to quickly raise needed funds -- and gives parents the opportunity to choose from more than a dozen professional photos of their children.

"I started out documenting luxury weddings in New York but my passion has always been photographing children, particularly now that I have two of my own. I also enjoy giving back to the community through charitable work, so helping schools and non-profits with a portrait fundraiser makes this program all the more enjoyable," said Photographer Keith Pitts. "Our No-Cheese Portrait Program offers parents a great tradition that produces unique outdoor shots at a great price. At the same time, we make it fast and easy for organizations to raise money. Free Arts Arizona, a non-profit organization that sparks the creative spirit of abused, homeless and at-risk children, has already embraced the fundraising program for the fall."

Philanthropy has seen a sharp decline in 2009. Likewise, schools faced with severe cutbacks are struggling to raise $10,000 or more per year, from any number of programs. Portrait fundraisers can quickly contribute to school funds or charities budgets. For example, an organization with 50 participating families/sessions can earn approximately $5,000 per fall or spring portrait program. Such programs are also a welcomed break for school volunteers and parents involved in time-intensive, and often low profit, wrapping paper or candy drives.

How the No Cheese Portrait Program Works

The program is easy. Participating schools and non-profit organizations simply promote the fundraiser and Keith Pitts Photography schedules and confirms outdoor portrait sessions and collects $100 pre-payment fee for each session. The session fee, and 20% of all print sales, is given to the fundraising organization. Participating families receive a mini session (regular session value $350), 10-15 beautifully crafted images displayed in an online gallery, an 8x10 of their choice, and the option to purchase additional high-quality prints of the shots that they like best.

About Keith Pitts Photography

Keith Pitts Photography, first established in New York City, has been documenting luxury weddings, lifestyles and children since 1995. Known for his "no posing" childrens photography, Keith captures children simply being kids -- just beautiful lifestyle shots. His high-profile work has featured the Phoenix Suns, Steve Nash, Larry Fitzgerald, Yao Ming, and Shaquille O'Neal. He has also photographed celebrities and politicians including the Jonas Brothers, Eva Longoria Parker, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, and Mario Cuomo. As a wedding photographer, Keith's commercial beauty and wedding shots include covers of Contract Magazine, Phoenix Bride & Groom, weddings featured in The Knot, and The Wedding Chronicle.

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Keith Pitts regularly donates his time to charities including: The Steve Nash Foundation, Flashes of Hope, Free Arts AZ, American Cancer Society, John C Lincoln Hospital, Phoenix Children's Hospital, and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

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