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by Doug Nash


You've seen them at fairs and tourist destinations. People paying to have their photo taken with a cardboard cut-out of a celebrity. If it's good enough for a commercial operator then isn't it good enough for you?

The charges can be moderate, $5-10 per photo. The cost will depend on your set-up costs. The costs can be kept to a minimum if the instant camera and cut-outs can be borrowed, donated, made or rented. The cut-outs, if owned can be used over and over if stored carefully in between uses. Not only this but they can be rented out to other charity organizations when not in use.

You don't need a gallery of cut-outs, you can start with one then increase the numbers as you prosper. Be careful which cut-outs you chose, as to popularity especially if you are purchasing them. Make sure you choose those that will be popular for years to come i.e. movie stars like Marilyn Monroe or a Disney cartoon character. Do your homework and ask around before spending your money.

The backdrop can be a painted piece of canvass. Paint it differently on both sides depending on the character/s you have chosen.

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About the Author:

Doug Nash lives in Logan City in Queensland, Australia. He has graciously consented to share a fundraising idea with us every month. Although many of the ideas aren't new, each of them has a unique flair that comes from being developed and refined half a world away from ours.



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