Portrait Sessions For Good Reason

It’s that time of year again…time for mini portrait sessions for the holidays! I wasn’t going to hold mini sessions this year, but I now have two very good reasons to do so, let me tell you about them…

First is We Spread The Love, a non-profit initiative created by my very dear friend Mary, designed to spread love to orphans and underprivileged children in Uganda. Mary has huge plans for the future of We Spread The Love, but for starters, she’s spending the holidays in Uganda, and wants to bring Christmas to the orphans. Mary has already spent a couple of weeks with these kids, and they mean so much to her. And Mary means so much to me. She’s an amazing friend and an amazing person, and she deserves all the help she can get! I want to help by donating my time and talents to help bring some holiday joy to Uganda. If you book a portrait session with me and decide you’d like to help Spread The Love, all of the proceeds from your shoot will go directly to We Spread The Love.

There’s someone else I’d like to help. Four years ago when I first started my company, I met a fellow photographer by the name of Jen Berry. I adored her instantly, which isn’t surprising at all if you’ve ever met her. Not long after our first meeting, Jen married Steve. I was (and am) looking forward to eventually meeting Steve, but a few short months later, Steve was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and they began a serious and grueling fight together, that still continues today. You can read Steve’s story here, but in short, and as is to be expected, Steve’s medical bills over the past four years have begun to add up. I want to help by donating my time and talents to help alleviate some of the financial stress put upon these two amazing people. If you book a portrait session with me and decide you’d like to help Steve and Jen, all of the proceeds from your shoot will go directly to funding their medial expenses. The donations are handled through the National Foundation for Transplants, and whatever funds are not used will automatically go to another cancer patient.

So, here’s how it will work:

  1. You decide which of these two causes you’d like to support.
  2. If you’d like to help We Spread the Love, click here, and choose a mini or full session; If you’d like to help Stephen Dickter, click here, and donate either $200 or $400. **
  3. Take a screen capture of your payment confirmation and email it to me directly (heidi[at]heidiryder.com), or forward me your confirmation email.
  4. Once payment has been verified, we’ll schedule your session for a mutually agreeable time and date.

**  Please note: If you decide to book a 90-minute session and would like to help both causes, please email me directly so I can instruct you on how to do this.

****And, please, if you can’t afford a session this year, you can always purchase items from the We Spread The Love Store, or donate a smaller amount to Stephen Dickter. Every little bit helps!****

Thanks in advance for helping me help people that I really care about!

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