Giving Back to Our Community

The Jacksonville Professional Photographers Guild is continually involved in giving back to the community with photography. Some of the current projects are listed below. Please see the sections below to learn more about these great organizations.

If you’re a photographer who is interested in getting involved with one of these organizations, please see the contact information below.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – Orange Park” is an annual event held usually in mid-October in Orange Park. Countless Americans who have never had breast cancer, and the 2.5 million others who have, will celebrate a birthday this year, thanks in part to the dollars raised from this event for the American Cancer Society.

This is another huge and fun event. JPPG Member Ken Moran and other JPPG volunteer photographers join in and photograph this event for the Orange Park American Cancer Society. If you’re interested in putting a team together for this event, you may find details on the Making Strides website.

Photographers interested in volunteering: Contact Jeff Nelson

Kutting for Kids

Locks of LoveKutting for Kids” is an annual event usually held in mid-July that was started in 1999 by Jeannie Blalock and First Coast News to help get hair donations for Locks of Love. These hair donations are combined and custom wigs are made for children who do not have hair due to medical reasons. It takes six to 10 donated ponytails to make just one hairpiece.

This is a huge event and a lot of fun. JPPG Member Ken Moran heads up the before and after photos of those donating hair while other volunteer JPPG photographers help out by photographing the event throughout the day. If you’re thinking about donating hair for this event, watch for details on First Coast News in early July.

Photographers interested in volunteering: Contact Jeff Nelson

Faithful Servant Missions – Run with a Mission

Faithful Servant Missions“Faithful Servant Missions – Run with a Mission” is an annual event held usually in late March in Nocatee. This event supports Faithful Servant Missions in providing for the needs of children in Costa Rica and Panama. Specifically, FSM seeks to improve the physical, educational and spiritual health of the communities they serve.

JPPG volunteer photographers help to photograph the races as well as all the overall event activities. For more information on FSM, please visit the Faithful Servant Missions website.

Photographers interested in volunteering: Contact Jeff Nelson

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

Now I Lay Me Down to SleepPregnancy and birth are miraculous journeys. This amazing time of life is full of mystery, anticipation, joy, hope, and wonder. Feeling the powerful energy of birth and new life, watching as a new family is born unto each other. These are the things that we celebrate when a baby is born. But there is another aspect of pregnancy and birth. There is an unexpected place in this journey where some families may find themselves. When a baby dies, a world is turned upside down. There is confusion, sadness, fear, and uncertainty that cannot be explained. This is the place where the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS) gently provides a helping hand and a healing heart. For families overcome by grief and pain, the idea of photographing their baby may not immediately occur to them. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of this organization. The soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and administers a network of professional photographers who graciously donate their time and talents to these families and we are proud to be able to offer our services at no cost. For more information, visit

Photographers interested in volunteering: Begin here.

Operation: Love Reunited

Operation Love ReunitedThe last thing on your mind when your wife or husband arrives home after a 4 to 18 month tour, is capturing all this love on film. Most people are so overwhelmed with emotions they forget to simply point and shoot the camera they are grasping of their child’s first hug, or that single tear of relief from a mother being able to hold her twenty year old son again. With the help of Operation: Love ReUnited and local photographers near your base, you can. Operation: Love ReUnited(TM) is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.

If you are a member or family member of the United States Military, and are interested in having very special and touching images with a patriotic theme taken of you and/or your family before a deployment or during, and at your reunion, please contact a participating Operation Love Reunited photographer in your area. A list of local photographers can be found by visiting

Photographers interested in volunteering: Begin here.