Photographers must apply with a one-page statement about why they want to be a part of this organization, submit a body of portrait work, a resume and references. Applications are reviewed by Jennifer Loomis and her team. Selected photographers undergo a criminal background check and must attend a mandatory half-day training held by Adopt-A-Child Photography and Northwest Adoption Exchange.
The training includes sensitivity training on how to work with this unique population, special techniques for photographing, legal issues of photographing the children, and how their images will be used. Once trained, these photographers’ names will be added to a list on an internal state website of resources. Social workers call a photographer in their area when a child needs an updated profile photo. The photographer will be expected to drive to the child, unless the social worker or foster parent is willing to bring the child to the photographer’s studio.
Not a photographer? We could use your help spreading the word about this service and with the myriad responsibilities that every organization faces. Contact us if you’re interested in helping out!