Same great goal of saving as many smiles as we can! This year we will have a special focus on classic black and white portraits.
Call today to reserve your session wtih your $24 donation at 917-669-3711. Sessions are limited.
Can't attend Celebration of Smiles Day but still want to make a donation? Attending but want to do a little more? Call or email the studio at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how!
Fall is the busiest time of year at the studio. We have been packing in sunrise and sunset sessions with that most perfect of fall foliage filtering the sun's warm autumn glow. I spend so much of my time in Prospect Park -- photographing families, walking, playing soccer with my daughter, picnics, and traning for marathons (okay, that is my husband, not me). Raising money to support Prospect Park has been one of the highlights of my fall at last week's Prospect Park Gala honoreeing the amazing LeFrak family who made the Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Center possible. Most of us have ice skated, roller skated, or splashed around on their summer splash pad and it is such a great addition to the Park. I was fired up to donate gift cards worth $600 to the studio in exchange for a $100 donation to the Park last week. It was an awesome evening and we were part of raising thousands for the park in a single evening. Thank you to everyone for the support!
There are lots of ways that you can support the amazing Prospect Park year round at http://www.prospectpark.org/support. The park depends on charitable and volunteer support from all of us in the community to keep it beautiful!
It's that time of year again! On April 5th, 2014, we will once again be participating in the nationwide fundraising campaign organized by the Professional Photographers of America benefiting Operation Smile. Last year, as a group we raised more than $48,000 -- and with incredible support from our community here in Brooklyn, Virginia L. S. Freire Photography raised more than $1300 in donations and Smile Sessions to contribute towards that total. But I know we can do more.
Here is how we will be raising money:
- Smile Sessions -- Make a $24 donation and in exchange we will give you a 15 minute Smile Session and 5x7 gift portrait as our way of saying thanks! Want more than one person photographed, you can always book more than one Smile Session!
- Additional purchases -- I will be donating 10% of all additional proceeds from Smile Sessions directly to Operation Smile.
- Donate More -- There is no limit to the good we can do! Match the donations made for Smile Sessions or just make an outright donation. We will send all the donations from Smile Sessions, Additional Purchases, Matching Donations, and Individual Donations in together as one big contribution.
But it doesn't stop there. Johnny and I are matching the first 10 sessions booked with a personal donation turning those $240 into $480. When you book your session, it will be worth double -- working overtime to save another smile.
There's more! We already have our first $120 donation committed.
$240 pays for one surgery -- one smile saved. With 10 Smile Sessions, we will have paid for one surgery. So with just 10 sessions (and you know we can do more than that!) we have already raised enough for 2.5 smiles. So let's do it.
Call today at 917-669-3711 to get on the studio's schedule... Our Celebration of Smiles Day is just weeks away!
More information on our dedicated blog page above.
With the freshness of fall, we are pleased to unveil our new website, complete with updated galleries and lots of new features in our private galleries that makes sharing portraits from your session that much more fun! So check it out -- on your computer, your iPad, or your android phone. Here's to autumn and to bringing all that is cool, refreshing, and invigorating into life's many spheres!
Same address, new magic.
Our Celebration of Smiles Day on April 6th was a tremendous success, thanks to all of the support, donations, and help in spreading the word from our amazing community!
David Grupa, president of PPA Charities, the philanthropic arm of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), has announced that Virginia L. S. Freire Photography was one of the event's “Top Tier” fundraisers among a group of 79 members of PPA who participated in the organization’s “Celebration of Smiles Day” that raised $48,581 to benefit Operation Smile, its charitable partner. Operation Smile provides free surgeries for children around the world who suffer with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities.
“These funds will go a long way toward meeting our 2013 goal of raising $100,000 for this wonderful organization,” Grupa said. Because Operation Smile’s medical professionals and support staff volunteer their services, it costs only $240 to provide a simple cleft lip surgery to a child in desperate need. Therefore the funds raised by PPA members so far in 2013 means that over 200 smiles will be saved.”
With your help, Virginia L. S. Freire Photography raised $1,325 at our Celebration of Smiles Day event – and we are now officially designated as a “2013 Operation Smile Studio.” We are so pleased with the success of this year’s event and couldn’t have done it with out our amazing families and friends!
Save the date for April 5, 2014 when we will come together again for another special day of smiles and warm fuzzy feelings!
Come join Virginia L. S. Freire Photography at the Prospect Park Fair for a day of family fun in the heart of one of Brooklyn's greatest escapes!
As a proud business member of Prospect Park, I will be there with other participating businesses and the Prospect Park Alliance (http://www.prospectpark.org/about/alliance) to celebrate spring and all of the fantastic things Prospect Park has to offer. Stop by to be photographed with your own personally made and illustrated sign of what Prospect Park means to you. All photographs will be posted online after the event to celebrate this amazing oasis in our own backyard.
Other fun activities include Pop-up Audubon, face painting, live music, food trucks, tennis demonstrations, a special appearance by Sandy the Seagull of the Brooklyn Cyclones and much much more!
Hope to see you then!
Date: Saturday, April 20, 2014 -- RAIN OR SHINE!
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Prospect Park Bandshell
More information: http://www.prospectpark.org/support/ppa-fair