Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Portraits for a Purpose

From now on, I will be holding special Portraits for a Purpose mini session events throughout the year, and all proceeds from the event will go to a specified relief effort. I am hoping to involve families and individuals who really want to make a difference, and will enjoy having portraits to treasure for years to come, commemorating their contributions to a great cause. My hope is that as these pictures hang on your walls or sit in a frame on your desk, that you will be able to look back at a special time in your life, as well inspire you to remember those you have helped, and can continue to help. 

 This year's first "Portraits for a Purpose" Event will be benefiting families that have been affected by the massive flooding in Pakistan., through the efforts of HOPE worldwide in Pakistan.

"The United Nations has rated the floods in Pakistan as the greatest humanitarian crisis in recent history with more people affected than the South-East Asian tsunami and the recent earthquakes in Kashmir and Haiti combined." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/7935485/Pakistan-floods-disaster-is-the-worst-in-the-UNs-history.html 

"HOPE worldwide is an international charity that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to the poor and needy. Today HOPE worldwide operates on every inhabited continent, serving more than one million people annually."  http://www.hopeww.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=197

I have been personally involved in volunteering with HOPE worldwide since I was a little girl, due to my parents' great spirit of volunteerism and commitment to remembering the poor. I am so thankful for the opportunities I had to serve, and desire to instill that same global awareness to my own children. I am excited to be able to contribute to their efforts in this way. 

Right now, HOPE worldwide is providing monthly food packets to 400 families in the most severely impacted area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Each monthly packet will contain food items that are sufficient to feed a family of seven for one month. 

"These items are purchased locally [in Pakistan], taken to the flooded area and distributed by HOPE worldwide. We are asking friends and supporters of the poor to adopt one family for one month for a donation of $125. Our goal is to supply food for 400 families for five months in our first phase . . ."  http://www.hopeww.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1692

My goal is for us to be able to "adopt" as many families as we can using all the funds raised during this event. 

Your mini session fee of $125 will go directly to feeding an entire family for a month and hopefully helping them get back on their feet after this terrible tragedy. 

To donate:
Visit  the www.hopeww.org 
Click on “DONATE NOW” for online
donations.  Please specify PAKISTAN
FLOODS in the comments line.

Or send your checks made out to 
HOPE worldwide to:
353 W. Lancaster Ave, Suite 200
Wayne, PA 19087
 (put “PAKISTAN FLOODS” in the memo line) 

Please bring a copy of your check or online donation receipt to your Portraits for a Purpose mini session and receive:

- a 30 minute mini-photo session (families, kids, babies, newborns, high school seniors, couples - you name it, I'll make it happen!) 
- a password-protected online gallery to view your best images and share with family and friends!
- a CD containing your best shots from the session, perfectly edited digital files of your choice for you to keep.

I look forward to hearing from you! I have mini-session time slots available on the following dates:
Saturday September 25th 5pm-7 pm
Saturday October 2nd 9am-11am
Saturday October 9th 5pm-7pm
Please contact me via my website www.summerlynnphotography.com to schedule your Portraits for a Purpose mini session today, and we really can make a difference together.


Friday, September 3, 2010

My Wish

"But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish."

- Rascal Flatts

There is something so dreamy about little Wil. Its like he just knows that he is truly his Mama's wish come true . . .

He turned six months old the week we did his photo shoot, and his Mama still marvels at every little thing about him - just the way it is supposed to be. So precious is life! (at every stage!)