CoUM is a not-for-profit organisation offering all sorts of courses and is dedicated to promoting true health and well-being.
This is another commercial photography breakdown, this time for a really cool charitable educational institution called the College of Universal Medicine (CoUM). It was founded in 2011, following more than a decade of non-profit and philanthropic work by the founder, Serge Benhayon.
They have courses covering Budgeting, Exhaustion, Stress and Productivity in the workplace, Men and Stress & Depression, understanding Men and Anxiety, Being a Women today, a Patient/Carer program plus teachings of Universal Medicine. They are very much aimed at true health and well-being.
For example, the budgeting course gives heaps of tips about saving money, budget planning and how to build a healthy relationship with your personal finances. The exhaustion and stress courses look at this ever present and growing issue in society and offer different ways to deal with the reality of life’s challenges. You can visit their site here, to get more information.
The college relies on a lot of volunteer work, and for this shoot we put out the word and were not let down. An awesome group of people responded to the call and helped us in the various scenarios we wanted to shoot. It’s such a pleasure working with volunteers and volunteering ones own time and energy. I love to get paid for my commercial photography work, but giving back to a great organisation like CoUM is also very rewarding.
The brief from CoUM was two fold. Firstly show a mix of people/students interacting as they might when attending classes.
The college offers a very supportive environment and we wanted to capture this.
Secondly was to shoot some images which would be used to advertise the various courses.
We had an extensive wish list of photos for the day and pretty much covered off everything we needed to do, including some more experimental shots:
All up it was a great day, working with really great people. What’s not to love about that?
It’s just one reason why I love my job so much. Mostly I just feel like I’m playing, not working.
Here is a selection of other shots from the shoot. Have a look through and please don’t forget to check out the College of Universal Medicine website for a course which might appeal to you.
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