Archive from August, 2014

Celebrate the Joy of Family…& bring LOVE to desperate CHILDREN!

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During September we will participate with an elite group of photographers around the country in a very special family portrait promotion.  Throughout the month we will celebrate “Family Portrait Month”, a wonderful opportunity for you to update your family portrait (or portraits of your children) and help to support Dando Amor, a non-profit charity, founded by photographers and dedicated to improving the lives of orphans living in deplorable conditions in the developing world.

During September we will donate $50 of your session fee to Dando Amor, which makes regular service trips to orphanages in Quito, Ecuador, Burkina Faso-Africa and Haiti.  In 2013 Dando Amor opened its own orphanage in Quito, Ecuador.  The charity also provides volunteers who raise funds for it to experience “a different kind of vacation”, so they can be personally involved in helping orphans live better and fuller lives.  Volunteers have taken part in hands-on activities ranging from repairing facilities, building classrooms, and replacing sewer systems, to purchasing vital furnishings and fixtures such as cribs, beds, mattresses, as well as everyday necessities that American children take for granted.

We also believe that Family Portrait Month is a wonderful way to teach children the value of reaching out to others.  Even small children can understand the importance of Dando Amor’s work, and they are eager to help these needy children.

We hope you will join us in helping to make this vital work possible.  Don’t forget that the holiday season is right around the corner, so there’s no better time for a family portrait, which always is appreciated as gifts for family and friends and as holiday greeting cards.

To learn more about the charity log on to http://www.dandoamor.org.  To reserve your session or to learn more about Family Portrait Month, contact us at 508.761.5220.

Aug 18, 2014 - Children, Promotions    No Comments

“Model” Students

I had the pleasure of photographing these three siblings recently.  They are all cute as a button.  Miss N is a true lady, and her brothers are all boy.  It’s clear that they love each other very much and they all have a sense of humor, which made things alternately amusing and challenging.  Kids certainly take you very literally and it helps to remember that fact BEFORE you begin a children’s session.

Their mom was generous enough to volunteer them as models for new marketing piece that I’m creating for our School Portraits Event.  It will be happening on October 10th, 11th & 12th.  We’re offering an alternative to sometimes disappointing school portraits.  No curled up collars, fly away hairs or fake smiles here.  And you’ll have a variety of poses and backgrounds to choose from.  We’re promoting this event at the Downtown Associates of North Attleborough (DANA) Backpack Shuffle on August 20th.  Look for us there!  More info on our FB Page and our Website.

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Aug 17, 2014 - Family Portraits    No Comments

Vacation 2014

Family

Ally’s Favorite Photo of the Week

We returned from a weeklong road trip to Pennsylvania Dutch Country last Saturday night.  Everyone was happy for their own beds, but sad that the week had flown by so quickly.  Sunday was unpacking day.  Afterwards Ally & Maddy started sorting through all the brochures, photos and souvenirs collected in The Crayola Factory, Hershey Park, Amish country, Hershey Factory, Gettysburg and Harrisburg.  What to do with these memories?  They decided to scrapbook all of their treasures, so they could relive the trip anytime they’d like.  We loaded digital images onto the computer and started choosing the favorites so we could order prints.  Scrapbooking began in earnest on Monday.  Armed with double-sided tape squares, scissors, and a collection of scrapbooking backgrounds we’ve amassed over the years from various school projects they began cutting out logos and sticking brochures on pages.  Now, a week later, they’ve just about finished up their books and are already having fun admiring their work.

Their project forced me to upload all my photos, plus the ones on my iPhone, plus their iPods, phones, and cameras, to the computer.  They’ve been culled, edited and ordered.  It’s quite a project to get to the finished product.  But when I think about it, even though I enjoy the act of capturing the images in the moment, the real reason I do it is so we can enjoy the images again and again later.  And I don’t mean only when the kids are bored while waiting for a table at a restaurant so I pull out my iPhone.  I mean so that on rainy days when the girls once again notice the cubby full of albums in the living room they can pull a book out and flip through it.  Before you know it they’ve pulled 4×6 prints out to check the captions on the back, and come searching for Izzy  and I to show us something they’d totally forgotten until they saw the photo again.

This is why I lug my camera around when we go for a day trip.  I suspect it’s why many people take photos, so they can capture the moment to revisit later.  Unfortunately I think these days we forget that all-important last step in truly making a photograph into a memory.  Even if you just plug your phone into the kiosk at CVS and order prints from there, at least you’ll have something tangible to handle and share and show off…even if your phone tragically goes for a swim one day and never returns!

So here we are, Pennsylvania is already a week behind us, and we can look back on the sites and events that made our family vacation such a wonderful time!

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Hallway at Harrisburg PA State House

Maddy’s Favorite Image of the Week