Monthly Archives: December 2009

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Moments Caught Photography is on vacation! Philadelphia family photographer

What a year it has been, and I have you my incredible clients/friends to thank. I can’t thank you enough for letting me into your lives and trusting me to capture your priceless memories. I hope each and every one of you know how much it means to me to be able to be a part of preserving your families history, and how much pleasure I get out of watching your family grow through the years. I am officially on vacation until January 4th so any inquiries from this last week on will all be handled after the 4th! Below I am attaching both copies of my business holiday card and my personal family card to share with all of you. Enjoy and I hope it’s a magical holiday season for you and your loved ones!
Love, Sandy

Inspired beyond words by L.E.A.D UGANDA children… Philadelphia family photographer giving back…

Where to begin? I had the privilege of hearing the children of L.E.A.D UGANDA speak to a class of 8th graders at my son’s school last week. This program started and lead by photojournalist Stephen Shames, helps to transform children affected by AIDS and war in Africa into leaders. From the website, “LEAD Uganda is an educational leadership initiative for children affected by AIDS, war, and poverty. We find children living on the edges of society – AIDS orphans, former child soldiers, child laborers. We give them the world class, 21st century skills necessary to lead Africa into the future”.
I urge you to visit the website, hear their stories and donate if you are so moved.

From my point of view I feel I must help out. 2 of the children who have benefited from this organization came to our school to talk to their peers about their experience. Each child got up and told their own unique life story, and then took questions from the students. Now keep in mind these kids are their own age, but obviously come from a very different background. They told of loosing parents to AIDS at age 10 and being in charge of younger siblings from that point on, they told of being stolen in the middle of the night from their families and forced to kill in wars at age 7, of being branded, and cut by hot knives as a means of torture into submission. The one young man led other youngsters out of capture at the age of 8! I sat their listening with tears in my eyes and my mouth hanging open in shock. My own boys at 12 and 14 can barely boil water for pasta let alone care for a family in poverty or escape torturers in a war situation. These are true heros, true leaders and true inspiration. What happened next only touched me more, the 8th graders spent the next hour asking important, sensitive, thought provoking questions and guess what these kids were getting it. After the presentation was over the kids from Uganda were swarmed with kids wanting to talk more, to tell them how much they respected them, to get their autographs!! Next several of our kids had lunch with the kids from Uganda and got to know them even more, at the end of their lunch there were tears, hugs, promises of friendship even an exchange of emails and facebooks. One boy from our school looked at me and said, ” I can’t believe I complained about having to go to school and homework and to these kids being able to go to school is a privilege and a dream”. Wow, I thought, these kids think they got something special today to visit a school in the U.S and see kids their age, but I know that our kids got so much more out of this than they ever could. What you will see in the pictures below of the kids from Uganda connecting with the kids from here is not only acceptance, friendship and bonding but the faces of leadership, the faces of resilience and of hope. In each of these children’s eyes is joy! After everything they have been through (torture, war, being orphaned, AIDS, poverty, etc) they have pure joy and hope in their eyes! Wow! Well I was so moved by this that I decided to help out in a small way for now. One of my dreams is to someday, somehow help change the world through photography. My part here may not change the world but it’s a start. My hope is to someday visit these children and do more, but for now starting January 1st a portion of every session fee will be going to L.E.A.D Uganda.

Blizzard Philly style… Main Line family photographer

2 ft of snow, haven’t seen that in years in Philly. Reggae (our dog) has never seen it before and may never want to again. It’s amazing how much more fun the snow is with kids and a dog! The funniest was when we would plop Reggae down in the snow and he would just sort of sink into it in slow motion with only his head peaking out!

Something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time… Philadelphia family photographer

I swear I’m not an interior decorator, (I do know a few good ones if you need one) but more times than not I find myself helping my clients figure out where to put large prints, canvas, and bevel mounts in their home. I happen to enjoy this very much so this is not a complaint, but I figured maybe showing some rooms with images already placed might help people to visualize things a little better. Now I have never done this before so some of the dimensions might be off, but I hope it helps even if it’s not a perfect example.
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