Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ok, the big announcement is here, and you heard it right here on the Barbara Stitzer Photography blog first: Here is the press release for the Happily Every After League's inaugural calendar 2010:

Supporting moms through cancer recovery
11445 E. Via Linda #2-493 Scottsdale, AZ 85259

Happily Ever After League (HEAL) is pleased to announce the first annual

Happily Ever After Calendar
Featuring local Prince and Princesses
from the Valley of the Sun

You will not want to miss this very special opportunity to have your child our first ever calendar for a cause.

Award winning professional photographer Barbara Stitzer will photograph your child, dressed in full prince or princess regalia, or they can choose from our beautiful outfits and props, for a $100 donation per child to HEAL (a savings of $125 for the normal sitting fee). You will also receive the chance to have your child’s photo appear as one of 12 in this calendar with the proceeds from your donation going directly to moms in our community recovering from cancer.

“As a studio, we wanted to plan an event that benefitted a local charity,” says photographer Barbara Stitzer. “The Happily Ever After League was an obvious choice for us.” Barbara Stitzer has won more than 400 local, regional and national photography awards, including having been part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. Her work has appeared in such diverse publications as Forbes, TIME for Kids, Parade, Woman's World, Honeymoon, Shutterbug, and AZ Society Magazine. She speaks about photography and shares tips on national tour for her lab, Millers Professional Imaging, as a way to encourage other photographers to grab their cameras and get going. Her photography celebrates the lives of her clients, and is cherished art for generations to come. She feels very strongly about giving back to her community and has helped raise more than $ 100,000 for charity since moving to Arizona in 2003.

The Happily Ever After League (HEAL) is a local 501c3 non profit organization. HEAL was founded as a positive outcome from the devastation of a cancer diagnosis for Lauren Daniels. Lauren was 35 when diagnosed with breast cancer and the youngest of her three children was only one year of age at the time.

Since July of 2004 HEAL has been providing support services to moms in Arizona with at least one dependent child. HEAL supports moms financially during their time of treatment. HEAL has provided financial support to 300 moms since it was founded in 2004.

The financial assistance relieves some of the stress that moms incur from their diagnosis and helps to pay for very basic necessities such as rent, utilities, groceries and medical bills.

HEAL also opened the HEALing House in October of 2007 to provide emotional support to moms and their families. Families enjoy making special memories at the monthly events and they benefit from the many outreach projects and the HEALing House Food Bank. This facility has served over 600 people since opening.

The photo shoots will take place at Creative Castle Preschool, The Village Health Spa North Scottsdale and the Village Health Spa Gainey Ranch in March.

With your permission we will put your child’s photo on our website to be voted on by those directed to the website. You can vote as many times as you like for $1 donation to HEAL for each vote. The child with the most votes will also be on the cover of the Happily Ever After Calendar.

This 2010 calendar will then be available for sale in September.

For more information or to book a time for your photo session, call: 480-275-0613 or visit our website at http://www.happilyeverafterleague.org/ and http://www.barbstitzer.com/

The above babies and children that will be promoting the calendar shoot. Aren't they just treasures? Yes, nepotism lives. TT is the little Cinderella girl. I can't help it...she's just so beautiful! But, then, so are the others, all of whom I just adored working with. Anyone who calls (480.861.4529) or emails (photobarb@aol.com) me for an appointment and mentions my blog will get a $100 gift card to Barbara Stitzer Photography AND a set of 24 "call me" playdate cards!