Kim Rosen is a Marlborough resident and photographer who spends her spare time raising money for cancer research at St. Jude Children's Hospital with a nonprofit business called Photos for Cures. Marlborough Patch asked her some questions this week about what makes her tick. In anticipation of Small Business Saturday (Nov. 26), think about using this local service that benefits a life-saving cause.
Tell us about Photos for Cures. How did you get the idea?
I founded photos for cures on May 24, 2010 the day a friend lost her three-year-old son to cancer. I combined my love for photography with my love of raising money and awareness for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. My mother was actually the one who suggested raising money this way!
Who does the business benefit and how?
Photos for Cures benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and of course the client as they are the ones getting photographs taken. The client simply writes a check to St. Jude Children's Hospital at the end of the shoot. Currently I charge a low rate of $35 per hour (minimum donation).
What types of photography do you do?
I can be hired for just about anything at this point: Family photos, birthday parties, babies, religious events, etc.
How did you start out as a photographer?
I have always loved taking photos and have been told that my photos are nice. I always have my camera on hikes/walks and my own family's events.
What do you hope to accomplish through this venture?
So far, I have raised almost $6,000 for the hospital. I want to continue to fundraise in this manner to see just how much I can raise for this wonderful charity.
How do people retain your services?
At this point, I am not only looking for new clients to hire me, but also for photographers to step up and join Photos for Cures! I have a "Contact Me" form on my website. www.photosforcures.com is the easiest way to reach out to me.