It was in Early March of 2003; My hubby and I moved into our first house. We didn’t want to live in one of those “Little boxes made of ticky tacky”. It was in the midst of the crazy housing boom and we felt lucky to stumble upon this 1928 Tudor with its original windows, pitched eaves and amazing structural bones in the close-knit community of Martinez, CA. (Oh yeah--and we both didn’t (still don’t) have a handy bone in our bodies). What we didn't know was that the best part about living here would be our neighbors (the house, not so much...). Imagine our surprise when our next-door neighbors with a just days old little girl and a newly minted big brother welcomed us on our doorstep. It was 10 short years ago and now our kids are growing up together. That baby now is my own daughters’ playmate, a veritable big sister to them. And that big brother is now a star athlete (in the junior high ranks) a handsome, smart, polite and NICE kid who makes us all proud. Something like the blast in Boston isn’t supposed to affect anyone you know, let alone care about and have watched grow up. Right now, the Herns are relying on one teacher’s income while Katherine (Aaron’s mom) is finishing up her student teaching stint at Alhambra High School. This is a family who has put their community and their desire to make a positive impact in the world above their own needs and comfort and as a community this is our opportunity to give back. Aaron has suffered an injury to his upper thigh requiring multiple surgeries and an extended stay at a Boston Hospital. For the latest news reports regarding his condition please check out this link, a Google News search for Aaron Hern.
It’s also sooooo important that we all take the time out of our busy lives to document our families at various stages. You never know when your life will change for the better--or the worse. A good family portrait is a treasure. Life is ever changing and we are not immune to the bad things. Sometimes it takes events like Boston to realize that.
So get your family portrait, remember it as it is now and help another extraordinary family out! Look at that picture and remember that you helped another family out that day.
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Where: Briones Park, Alhambra Staging Area. Coming from downtown Martinez: Turn right on Alhambra Valley Road. Take it til it dead ends on Reliez Valley Road and turn LEFT. Go about a mile or less. The entrance is adjacent to the Briones Horse Stables at 2525 Reliez Valley Road. Make sure you have $3 to pay the park entrance fee. THERE IS NO CELL RECEPTION HERE.
When: Saturday, April 20 from 9AM to 6PM. We will have volunteers manning a table to check in near the front entrance/parking lot. PLEASE BE PROMPT or even a little early. We have a tight schedule on Saturday so that we can accommodate as many people as possible.
What: 20-minute Session yielding 5 images to download. Due to the high volume of the event we will not be posting individual galleries of more than 5 images.
How: Please contact nicole@sweetnessandlight photo.com to book
Cost: Suggested donation of $125. Could be more, could be less; do the best you can, please. :) At this time we are trusting you to come to your appointment (usually we require payment upfront to book) and pay with a check or cash on the day of the shoot. If you can't make the event please mail a check per the info below:
If you can't make the event: Mail your check to Aaron Hern Recovery Fund. 155 C Arnold Drive #133 Martinez, CA 94553 OR send your Paypal donation to AaronHernRecoveryFund@gmail.com (the name that will appear is Katherine Chapman, who is the friend who set up the account. Please note: she has NO ACCESS to the funds which are going directly to the Aaron Hern Recovery Fund that was set up at Wells Fargo on Main Street in Martinez where you can also walk in and make your donation)
If you have to cancel please do so at least 24 hours in advance so that we can fill your spot.
Who: Nicole diGiorgio of Sweetness and Light Photography is fully booked but we have several other photographers attending with different styles and skillsets:
Martinez Photographer Nate Osmond: http://www.lifeincontrastphotography.com/
Martinez Photographer Rich Stahlberg: http://stahlbergstudios.com/about-us.html
Martinez Photographer Franci Lucero: http://www.photosbyfranci.com/
Martinez Photographer Shel Najeera: http://www.shelnajeraportraits.com/
Concord Photographer Molly Davis: http://mefphoto.com/
Clayton Photographer David Raboin: http://www.raboinphotography.com/
And possibly more! We also have had several other photographers behind the scenes offer their time and talent editing photos.
Q Can I buy additional photos?
A Not at this time. We’ll be dealing with a lot of individuals and we want to keep this simple.
Q I can’t make it. Where can I send a donation to the family?
A Mail your check to Aaron Hern Recovery Fund. 155 C Arnold Drive #133 Martinez, CA 94553 OR send your Paypal donation to AaronHernRecoveryFund@gmail.com (the name that will appear is Katherine Chapman, who is the friend who set up the account. Please note: she has NO ACCESS to the funds which are going directly to the Aaron Hern Recovery Fund that was set up at Wells Fargo on Main Street in Martinez where you can also walk in and make your donation)
Q Can I contact the photographer that I want on Saturday to schedule?
A Yes, We all have access to the schedule and can schedule your session.
Q How long before I get my pictures?
A We aim to deliver within 2 weeks. Please note that various photographers behind the scenes are donating their time to edit your photos in a timely manner.
Q What should I wear?
A Complementary colors. No fluorescents please. Check out this complementary color wheel: http://colorschemedesigner.com/
Q Are ALL proceeds going to the Hern Family?
A Yes, ALL. We’re not in this to make any money. We just want to give our time and talent to help a deserving family who never should have gone through anything like this, EVER.
Q My Photo Session is during the harshest light of the day. Shouldn't we be shooting at the crack of dawn or closer to sunset?
A In the interest of serving as many people as possible and raising funds for the Herns we will (at times) be working with less than ideal lighting conditions. The good news is that there's lots of shade at Briones and we have ways to manipulate light. Please do not (by any means) expect award winning photographs from this session due to the possible lighting and time constraints. Please do expect a beautiful high-quality portrait that your mama can't take with her iphone.