Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sweetpea Memories Shoots Cancer.....For Free!

Last night before falling asleep I layed in bed talking to my husband about my photography business. I told him that I felt that I wanted to give to others this upcoming year and wasn't sure what I wanted to do. This morning when I woke up it was still on my mind. I was thinking about the fact that I have two family members we have lost or is fighting against cancer, one is my grandmother that we lost to Breast Cancer in November of 2008 and the other is my nephew who is 20 years old and currently fighting Melanoma. Almost anyone you talk to these days knows atleast one person that has or has lost their battle to cancer.

After some research online I found an organization called "Think Pink Photography". "Think Pink Photography" is an organization for people who have either began or ended Cancer Treatment for Breast Cancer in the last 12 months (and I say people and not woman because men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer). After reading through the site and checking Washington State, I realize we only have one other photographer in this area that provide this service. I think it's a great idea and I signed up. Within 15 minutes I had a response that I have been accepted....YAY! My information will be listed on the directory in about 7 days! That's not soon enough for me, but I will be patient. Each photography session is FREE....and the client receives 10 Printed images to keep. If a client would like to purchase more prints, at Sweetpea Memories Photography's prices, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation

Due to the fact that this organization only serves Breast Cancer Clients I have decided Sweetpea Memories Photography is going to start something new within my business and it will be named "Sweetpea Memories Shoots Cancer" The same Services will be offered to those who have been diagnosed or finished treatment within the last 12 months of any other cancer diagnosis than Breast Cancer, for Free. If you choose to buy more prints or schedule from one of my photography sessions and mention "Sweetpea Memories Shoots Cancer" I will donate a portion of the proceeds to either our local Hospital that provides Cancer Services which would be "North Puget Cancer Center" or for all Children that are Photographed will go to "Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation". This donation is to help patients with costs that insurance does not pay for, gas to get to treatments, food, and to help family members stay with their child while going through treatment so far away from home. I've chosen these two locations to donate to because we have a lot of donations that go to bigger organizations and I would like to help out those in my community. Requests for other Local Cancer Foundations will be considered on a case by case request.

I would love to get the word out about this wonderful opportunity. It's a New Year after midnight tonight, let's give a hand and do something for someone else this year. Please pass my information on to anyone you know that may fall into this category. I would love to see how many Cancer Patients I can help this year. Thank you so much for your help, I look forward to hearing any feedback anyone may have!

Thank you so much and have a wonderful Happy New Year this Safe! Please, do not drink and drive!

(In Memory of my Grandmother, Georgia Schopf, December 15, 1935 - November 13, 2008 - This picture was taken one week prior to her passing! I will cherish it for the rest of my life!)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Welcome 2010!

I would like to say first of all thank you to all my clients for booking Photography Sessions in 2009! I'm soooo excited for the new year, new goals for photography, new studio in the works and best of all capturing New Memories Of the New Year!!! I'm starting to schedule some sessions for the upcoming year, although this is going to be the slowest part of the year approaching. I've scheduled a Wedding for June and a few requests for Family pictures and getting a couple scheduled for my 3, 6, 9 month package. I'm excited to hit the thrift shops and get some new props.

After our new baby girl arrived in November I've been home from working at the hospital and have been trying to find a schedule that works between Mommy and Wife time and Photography Time. I would LOVE to stay home and be able to do photography full time and not have to work at the hospital. My wish for 2010 is to be able to do that. With that comes a lot of brainstorming and excitement towards my photography dreams!

I'm so excited having new ideas and to schedule some sessions that I have not done before. I would love to be challenged in 2010.....have more appointments scheduled and finish my studio as quickly as possible so I can start scheduling sessions inside also. I did schedule a few Family sessions for Christmas but the space in my living room is just not quite enough. We will be organizing, painting and adding as much character to the garage to create my new studio and I can't wait to have an open house to share it with all my friends and family. Here are my newest family photos of the season! Happy New Year to all, may you all have a safe and happy 2010!!!