I'm doing an internship now at a small non-profit here in Phoenix that helps homeless teens. It's the final requirement before I graduate. I absolutely love everything about it.
Anyway, I brought in my camera to help the Volunteer Coordinator make a film for New Volunteer Orientations. I had only recently discovered that my camera has a video recording capability and wow, is that going to be fun to play around with.
Somehow this led to word getting out in the office that I do photography, and my portfolio getting passed around among all the managers.
It wasn't long before the Marketing Director asked me to take photos to use in the organization's 2013 Annual Report.
A non-profit's Annual Report is an important public document. It lists all of their happenings, successes, financials, and donors/volunteers for the year, along with photos. They had been using stock photos for years and have desperately been wanting some genuine photos to use for their marketing materials - just didn't know how to go about recruiting a volunteer professional photographer.
So in other words, I'm going to be a published photographer.
And so I'm beginning to understand that I can use my photography skills in my non-profit career, and so still be a professional photographer, just maybe not in the traditional sense.