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An Interview with Photographer Holly DeGarmo : Giving Back

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Giving back to the community is an important part of any profession. Photographer Holly DeGarmo ( understands the necessity of sharing her talents with those who cannot afford the services of a professional photographer. This winter, DeGarmo spent an afternoon at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth’s Steil Club. Please read the exclusive Boys & Girls Club (BGC) interview with DeGarmo below:

1. Who are you and what do you do?
I am Holly DeGarmo and I am a professional commercial photographer. I photograph all types of things including food, fashion, products, people and places. My images can be seen in places such as product packaging, the internet, and magazines/catalogs.
2. Why did you decide to shoot at BGC?
I believe that what BGC does is important to the local community. Shooting at BGC gave me an opportunity to give back to them in support of their program.
3. Why is it important to you to take on projects like BGC?
I try to do several pro bono projects a year for non-profit organizations. Many organizations just do not have the budget for professional photography and good images can really help sell their message. 
4. How did you get involved?
A friend of mine, Jamie Prawdzik, works for BGC and it was through her [that] I made the connection with the organization.
5. What do you hope is done with your photographs?
I hope that the photos can be used to help promote the club and bring awareness about what a worthy organization the BGC is. I also hope the kids will be able to have a memento from their experience at the club. 

6. What was the experience like? 
The experience was really great. Prior to coming to the shoot I had heard of BGC, but I did not really know what it was all about. I am really impressed with how well run and organized the BGC is. The only thing that would have made it better is if I would have had been able to hang out and play some of the awesome games with the kids.
7. Favorite memory from the shoot?
The kids were my favorite part. It is such a controlled nurturing environment. You can tell that the kids really respect and appreciate it. The facility is an amazing place with a lot of activities happening all the time.
8. Do you have a favorite photo from the shoot? Or a couple?
All of them! Well if I have to narrow it down it would be the photos when the kids stopped paying attention to me: the photos when they were hanging out just doing their thing. My second favorites would be the posed shots. Those were a lot of fun. The kids did a great job.
If you would like to get involved with Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, please visit

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