The Anti-Racist Small Business Pledge

Earlier this week I attended a virtual town hall event hosted by Rachel Rodgers on YouTube. As of this writing, you should be able to view the replay here. If you’re running a small business, I highly recommend that you check it out.

The aim of the Town Hall was to reimagine small businesses moving forward from this pivotal point in history.

“Anti-racist: those who speak and act in ways that advance racial equity in society; the act of interrupting racism.”

Those of us open to learning, growing, and doing better are asking: what can I do moving forward to show up? How can I do the work to become a better ally?

In addition to providing actionable and useful information from panelists at the town hall, viewers were asked to participate in signing a pledge. This pledge outlines 5 actionable steps to implement, refine, and commit to as a small business dedicated to embodying anti-racism.

Jennings Photo and Photo Business Help, as of this writing, are solopreneur operations. Meaning, I do not employ staff or oversee regular employees. I’m explaining this to add context regarding the pledge I signed this week as some of the work involves education for my staff or team. In those cases, I’m intending to do my own learning, listening and work.

This is a lifelong journey. I’m looking at how I’ve shown up, messed up, and how to improve. I hope to update this post with specifics regarding financial contributions and other items.

As I learn more, I’ll add more.

Below is a copy of the pledge I’ve signed on behalf of Jennings Photo and Photo Business Help. If you feel called to participate in this way, head to Rachel’s website and sign your own pledge here.

Baby playing in fall leaves portrait

pick a date & location

  • First, we'll pick a date & a location.

    I love the personal feel of shooting in or around your home and neighborhood. It's helpful, too, if the weather isn't great to have an indoor option.

    However, if this isn't something you feel comfortable with, I can suggest a favorite park in the area.
  • Next, we'll choose a time.

    I strongly prefer to shoot within 2 hours of sunset. This is for several reasons, but most importantly, it allows for the lovely light you see throughout my portfolio.

    A few exceptions can be made to this, especially for indoor-only sessions. In that case, the time of day doesn't matter as much.

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