A volunteering journey as a photographer by Sean Wright
As a part of Bucks Student’s Union, I was encouraged to get into volunteering with different events and organisations in the area. Towards the end of my 2nd year, I came across the opportunity to film and edit a video for the Chiltern Rangers for when they announced receiving the Queens Award for voluntary service 2017.
For that video, I went to a variety of different sessions that had activities like river flow monitoring, path clearing and even a kids day that had painting and bird box building to help teach kids about the nature they live in and the importance of the wildlife. Even while I was filming, getting what I needed, I was picking up bits of information from the day.
Following this initial impression, I have had the opportunity to come back again and again for videos, and for photos. Having support shown to me from an organisation outside of the University was massively encouraging for me. It also gave me a place to further experiment types of shot and to put into practise things I’d learnt and advice I’d been given from those around me.
Other things I’ve done with the Rangers have included helping with their lottery funding and promoting days they put on for team building.
And what do I get from volunteering from all of this? I get to make contacts, friends. I get support when I was putting together my dissertation. I get to gain experience in learning what photographing and video making for clients is like in the real world rather than a mock run that gets put together on a course. To me there is nothing more valuable than gaining these real world experiences that’ll up my portfolio and make a smoother transition to get more future clients.