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Giving back in smiles with family portrait month

Giving back in smiles, this is what we have been doing during Family Portrait Month since 2007. This year’s Family Portrait Month is in October!

This month’s PPA Professional Photographer magazine featured a paragraph about me and several of my photos in the online version of the magazine (see this link), To quote it says this

Portia Shao, CPP, from Santa Cruz, California, 
has supported PPA Charities since she joined PPA in 2007. 
She was one of the top donors for Family Portrait Month in 2013. 
"It feels good that I can make a difference in a child's life with such a small contribution," she says.



August issue of PPA Professional Photographer Magazine

Please help me continue the tradition of supporting PPA Charities and create smiles in this years Family Portrait Month. During October, come in for a family portrait (any portrait with a family member, or a pet!) and I will donate the session fee to PPA Charities. It only takes $240 to fund one surgery to change a child’s life forever. The children with cleft lips and palate not only look terrible, they could not eat or speak properly. It is amazing to me that only $240 could change their lives! You will get a great family portrait and know that you have helped to create a real smile in a child and make a real difference!

Celebration of Smiles days set for April 2015

Come to Celebration of Smiles

We have set two days aside to participate in “Celebration of Smiles” this year. April 7 and April 17.

For a minimum donation of $49, you get a 30 minutes mini-session, and an 8×10 print of you or your loved one. in addition, you get a $50 studio gift card for use in future studio products. Since only $240 provides a surgery for one of the children, five sessions will help create a smile in children like Divith and Danila. Call me at 831-426-1400 now to make your appointment, space is limited.

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PPA Charities Platinum Studio!

It has been many years since 2007 when I first got involved with PPA Charities. PPA is Professional Photographers of America, a trade organization for professional photographers. Over the years PPA Charities has with the help of photographers everywhere to create smiles and help children in need. With the participation of clients at Family Portrait Month, Celebration of Smiles Day and other events, I was able to donate enough money to create more than 15 smiles!

http://www.ppacharities.com/operation-smile/ppa-charities-studios/ shows  a list of participating studios

Positive Vista Photography & Art is a platinum studio for PPA Charities

Family Portrait Month is October

Family Portrait Month this year is October

I thought you would want to know about a very special family portrait promotion we will be participating in with an elite group of photographers around the country. For the month of October we will celebrate Family Portrait Month, a wonderful opportunity for you to update your family portrait (or portraits of your children), and support Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Along with other studio members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), we have pledged to contribute your $98 session fee to PPA Charities, which has chosen Operation Smile as its charitable beneficiary. Every $240 will enable one child to have the needed surgery to have a normal smile that the rest of take for granted.

My studio has helped to create 13 smiles since 2007 and changed the lives of these children forever! Please join us to create more smiles this October. A family portrait is defined as one with more than one member of the family! Baby, mother, dad, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandkids, and even your dogs can quality.

Baby's first photo session.

Read Tips on what to wear for your family portrait on my blog.

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What is your reaction when you see a photo of a child with cleft lips or palate? Do you turn away in horror and avert your eyes like I did years ago? I have now seen the transformation which can take place and the real and happy smiles and lives they and their family can enjoy.  Join me this year to help a few more children through the national fundraising event Family Portrait Month, the month of October this year in my studio.

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Here in USA, children who are born with cleft lips or palete can pretty easily get surgery and live a normal life with a real smile. Katy is a mom and a photographer in Nashville whose son was born with cleft lips, watch her video to see why she supports Operation Smile to help other children.

One of the rewards of being a professional photographer is to help bring families together, to create great memories to cherish forever, and to change lives!

Join me for Family Portrait Month. Email me or call 831-426-1400 to be part of Family Portrait Month this year.

Celebration of Smiles Day is April 6

Photographer can actually create smiles

I do not mean I say “cheese” to make you smile in front of my camera. The smiles I am talking about are life-changing ones through surgery by doctors and volunteers of Operation Smile with donations from people everywhere, including PPA (Professional Photographers of America) Charities. Last year I was a 2013 Operation Smile Studio, and this year will be the 7th year I am celebrating smiles with PPA Charities.

Danila-before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your reaction when you see a photo of a child with cleft lips or palate? Do you turn away in horror and avert your eyes like I did years ago? I have now seen the transformation which can take place and the real and happy smiles and lives they and their family can enjoy.  Join me this year to help a few more children through the national fundraising event Celebration of Smiles Day. It will be on Sunday April 6 in my studio.

Danila-after

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here in USA, children who are born with cleft lips or palete can pretty easily get surgery and live a normal life with a real smile. Katy is a mom and a photographer in Nashville whose son was born with cleft lips, watch her video to see why she supports Operation Smile to help other children.

One of the rewards of being a professional photographer is to help bring families together, to create great memories to cherish forever, and to change lives!

Join me on Celebration of Smiles Day April 6 to capture smiles of your child and help to create smiles with a minimum $24 donation per child in a mini session (10 minutes) and a 5×7 print of your child. The $24 goes to Operation Smile to create a smile and change life of another child. Email me or call 831-426-1400 to be part of Celebration of Smiles Day on April 6, 2014. Here is FAQ and details about Celebration of Smiles Day.

 

Don’t miss Family Portrait Month

Don’t Miss Our Special Family Portrait Month Promotion

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Before and after operation by Operation Smile

I thought you would want to know about a very special family portrait promotion we will be participating in with an elite group of photographers around the country.  From October 16 to November 15, we will celebrate Family Portrait Month, a wonderful opportunity for you to update your family portrait (or portraits of your children), and support Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Along with other studio members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), we have pledged to contribute your $98 session fee to PPA Charities which has chosen Operation Smile as its charitable beneficiary. Every $240 will enable one child to have the needed surgery to have a normal smile that the rest of take for granted.

What’s more, we want you to benefit from this special offer: so I am offering

  1. Saturday Oct 19 sessions for those of you who like a weekend appointment
  2. 12pm-5pm Oct 31, Halloween specials for kids (or adults) in costumes, $40 package (includes 20 minute mini-session, and one small digital file of your favorite pose, additional orders are 50% off normal price). ALL proceeds from this day will go to Operation Smile!

Recording the faces of children and their families is our greatest pleasure. That’s why we are so pleased to support the work of Operation Smile. Each year this incredible organization of more than 6,000 volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, and specialized health care professionals, perform free reconstructive surgeries for children suffering with facial deformities. More than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity each year in Operation Smile’s 26 partner countries.

We hope you will join with us in helping to make this vital work possible. Don’t forget that the holiday season is right around the corner, so there’s no better time for a family portrait, which is always appreciated as gifts for family and friends and to send along with holiday greeting cards.

Your Family Portrait Can Create Smiles and Change Lives!

Celebrate your family by helping a child! Call now 831-426-1400. Appointments are limited! Remember… Your family portrait is perfect for holiday cards! Family Portrait Month is sponsored by PPA Charities.

As always . . . we look forward to creating some truly wonderful portraits of your family.

You will always get my BE THRILLED OR BUST guarantee on any portrait taken at my studio. This is a great opportunity to experience for yourself or to gift a friend or loved one something they will treasure.

Santa Paws photo

Holiday portraits to benefit the Santa Cruz SPCA

During the weekend of December 11, 12 (and December 18, 19) Santa Cruz SPCA volunteers and I were at the Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton to take holiday portraits of pets and people to raise funds for the SPCA. We had a Santa Claus in a Christmas tree set, and a winter wonderland set with snow, sleigh and deer to create some beautiful and memorable portraits.

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Santa Paws photo

Out of town family portrait

During the weekend of December 18 and 19, despite the rain, Santa Cruz SPCA volunteers and I were at the Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton to take holiday portraits of pets and people to raise funds for the SPCA. Sid from Dallas and his family were at the Roaring Camp Railroads to participate in the Santa Paws fund raiser for the Santa Cruz SPCA. Thank you! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Peace, Joy, Love to all!

Dog days of summer 2010 – pet photography

Five years after more than 180 dogs were rescued and airlifted from Katrina devastated New Orleans to Santa Cruz by efforts and money from donors and volunteers at the Santa Cruz SPCA, this event is held to mark the anniversary and to celebrate dogs and owners everywhere.

The day started early under a slight drizzling sky, we set up our booth on very wet grass, and wearing jackets. Summer will come later. My husband Kevin helped Read more