By becoming a member, you are pledging to do your best to be available IF a session comes up in your area. We do not require that you accept a session if the dates do not work for you. We will attempt to not contact a photographer more than twice or three times per year unless you let us know that you would like to be involved more often. Of course, if no sessions come up locally, you may not be called at all.
Can I say no to a session request?
Yes. We ask that you do your best when a request comes up, but we cannot expect you to drop your paying clients for one of our sessions. If you cannot accept, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can keep searching, or if you know of someone else in your hometown that might be willing to take it over for you, let us know and we’ll attempt to recruit them!
How many images do I have to donate?
We ask that you shoot for 20-40 images for a single subject or couple or 40-60 images for a family, to allow for as many combinations and expressions as necessary to capture the applicant and their loved ones. This is not a hard and fast number, but it’s something to aim at.
Can I sell prints of my session to the recipient?
At this time, it is not in our business model to sell prints as we are trying to keep the costs to us and our recipients down. We will not ask you to donate printed materials. We only ask that you donate digital images.
Can I blog my session?
Due to patient privacy, we ask every recipient for specific permissions regarding usage of their session on our website and yours. You will be notified for each session as to whether you have permission to blog your session and whether they have agreed for you to use their first name. We never publish last names or the names of other family members featured in the images. We are sorry for the times that you will not be able to blog and we expect that these will be the exception, not the rule.
Where will my photos be used?
We will use a few images on our Facebook or blog and there is the possibility of your photo being chosen for marketing materials. We will give you photo credits when at all possible.
Is there a style that I’m expected to use in Magic Hour Sessions?
Not really. We expect that with such a wide variety of styles and experience levels, we’ll get a wide variety of sessions. You do your thing. We do ask that the posing and post-processing be natural - keep the focus on the subjects.
I was not accepted as a volunteer photographer. Can I reapply?
You may apply again as many times as you wish. It may be that you have not invested in a professional website and URL, or simply have not developed enough portfolio to show your work in the best light. Try giving yourself some more time for growth. Not being accepted to our network in no means should be taken as a statement about your ability to be a professional photographer.
My recipient was not happy with my images. What should I do?
Our hope is that 100% of people will accept their session for what it is - a gift - and forgo complaining. With our current model, we cannot match every recipient with a photographer whose personal style might match theirs. Maybe in the future we will. In the meantime, we do not guarantee personal satisfaction with the end product and the recipient has signed an agreement stating that. If you get a complaint from a recipient, please pass it on to us at [email protected] and we will respond for you.
What happens if a recipient cancels or doesn’t show up?
If a recipient cancels a session or doesn’t show up, please notify us immediately. We will attempt to contact them and if they still want a session, we will most likely have them re-apply. If there is a valid reason for the cancellation (hospitalization, emergency, etc.), we will leave it up to you whether you would be willing to re-accept that session. You are under no obligation to accept a second date.
Can I schedule my own Magic Hour Sessions?
If a recipient comes to you directly about doing a Magic Hour Session, you have two options: 1) If you’re willing to do the session, please ask them to fill out our online application normally and in the notes section, indicate that they have talked to you specifically and you’re willing to do the session. We will contact you to verify and when the session is booked, it will proceed normally. 2) If you are unable or unsure about the session, ask them to fill out the application online and tell them that MHF will ask several photogs in their area, probably including yourself, about the session and if you’re available during their times, you might be able to accept. You, of course, are under no obligation to accept sessions. Either way, all recipients must go through the standard online application process and images must be delivered normally via MHF’s SmugMug account, not directly to the clients.
Why is there a membership fee? Is it tax deductible?
We ask that all volunteers give a small donation as it builds a base of investment in the organization and allows for us to have the administrative support required to keep up a nation-wide network and build resources for those volunteers. This donation is tax deductible. If the donation is hardship, we will waive it, but we thank you ahead of time for your support of Magic Hour and our mission. (P.S. Yes, you can give more if you want.)
How can I help market Magic Hour to my community?
First, THANKS! Please see this page for ideas on getting further involved!
Why am I being asked to release my copyright?
We totally get the instinct to hold on to copyright. We're photographers, too. And we have NO desire to profit from your work and images. We ask for you to release copyright for the protection of our applicants, who are going through a potentially private battle and may not wish for their images to be made public. We require a model release, but with so many volunteers all over the country, this is the only way we see to guarantee to them that their wishes on privacy will be followed. If you do not wish to do a session where there are no permissions to blog your images, it is your right to turn it down. We will never sell prints or products of your work without permission. And if a time EVER comes up where we may be approached to sell an image to further the awareness of the mission, we will send the photographer 100% of the profits from the sale unless we've gotten specific permission from you otherwise. Thank you for your understanding.
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Magic Hour Foundation, Inc.
5958 Snow Hill Rd
Ste 144 PMB 144
Ooltewah, TN 37363
Magic Hour Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, IRS EIN# 45-5190758.