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  January 23, 2015  
Join With Smile Train to Save Lives!
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What would you say if I told you that you could give the gift of free cleft repair surgery to TWO little cuties just by booking your portrait session with me prior to January 31st?!

Last month, tears streamed down my cheeks as I shared my desire with Jax's mom to do a fundraiser that would benefit cleft babies (that’s Jax, there on the right!). My heart is so perfectly broken for these little smiles, both before and after they receive their surgeries, and I am absolutely overcome with joy at the prospect of being able to help these children beyond just making a personal donation. After we set up Jax’s session, in a stroke of perfect timing, I got an amazing letter from Smile Train.

The Smile Train organization has been very close to my heart for several years - there's just something about those precious little faces that draws me in, and something so powerful about being able to provide them with a life changing gift. With Smile Train, a gift of $250 provides the funding necessary to offer free cleft repair to one child. However, in honor of reaching the incredible milestone of completing their ONE MILLIONTH free cleft surgery, a group of their strongest supporters have announced their amazing offer to match any donation given between now and January 31st, and not just dollar for dollar, but by a multiple of 5! Meaning that if we raise $250, they will increase that times 5 and make it $1250! I see this as an opportunity to make an even larger impact than otherwise possible, and I would love to see how many children we can help together!

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Being a Christian, it is extremely important to me to find ways to help others, to gain new perspective and to think beyond myself. I want my business to be as centered around Christ as my heart is. The Bible encourages us to do unto others as we would have others do unto us. To give, to love. We are told that whatsoever we do unto the least of these, we do unto Him. So this is one way that I would love to give back, by donating a portion of each session booked to what I believe to be such a worthy, life-saving cause.

For every session booked between now and January 31st, I will donate $100 to Smile Train, meaning that TWO children will receive free cleft repair! Your session can be scheduled for any time in 2015, but your deposit must be made prior to January 31st to be eligible for this particular fundraiser! If you feel that it is not in your budget to book a portrait session at this time, please please do not let this hinder you from giving! I encourage you to give to Smile Train in whichever way is possible for you!

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Every year more than 170,000 children are born with cleft lip and/or palate. Most can't afford surgery. Clefts are a major problem in developing countries where millions of children are suffering with unrepaired clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly, and aren’t allowed to attend school or hold a job. Being born with a cleft in a developing country is truly a curse. Every baby born in Uganda with a cleft is given the name Ajok, which literally means “cursed by God.” Some newborns are killed or abandoned right after birth. The good news is that every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250. How often do you get the chance to save a child's life for $250?

How often do you get the chance to save the lives of TWO children simply by scheduling a portrait session? You know you've been needing a session for a while now, why not take this opportunity to give back?!

Join with me and schedule your session today! For every session booked between now and January 31st I will donate $100 to Smile Train, which will then be matched by some of Smile Train's most generous supporters to equal a total donation of $500. For every session booked we can provide the gift of free cleft repair to TWO precious children! Visit smiletrain.org to learn more about this wonderful organization.

Thank you in advance for the love and generosity that fills your hearts for these little children!

 

With Love,

Bethany

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p.s. Little Jax received his free cleft surgery on January 20. Just by seeing his photographs, it's obvious that he is an incredibly happy and adorable little guy, and it truly breaks my heart to know that there are babies just like him in other countries that are mistreated or cast away simply because of something that could so easily be fixed if enough people could find it within their hearts to give.

And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ - Matthew 25:40

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  November 27, 2014  
Woodsy Family Session
  Family  

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  November 21, 2014  
Sunny Outdoor Fall Family Session
  Family  

Love these beautiful colors and happy smiles!

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  November 21, 2014  
Golden Fields {Sweet Autumn Family Session}
  Family  

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  November 19, 2014  
Amelia Grace
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WHAT I DO

Hi there! I am so thrilled that you are considering me to be your photographer! My wish is to put you at ease and to create beautiful photographs of you. You know that warm fuzzy feeling you get from that person in your life that always makes you feel like the most important person in the world? I love that feeling, and I love providing stellar customer service so that you are always aware that YOU are number one. I check my email and voicemail multiple times every day so that I can respond at lightning speed, and not leave you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering if your message got lost in cyberspace (boo, nobody likes that feeling!). I will be your personal stylist, your biggest fan, and your guide through everything in the realm of photography. I can offer input on ANYTHING that will visually impact your portrait session, so please don't hesitate to ask! I will give you the baby-step breakdown for every single pose so that you look stunning, regardless of your modeling background. My love for photography really began to expand whenever my niece was born, and has only grown deeper since then. I have been in business since 2011. My work has been featured in <em>Denim &amp; Grace Magazine, Magnet Street, The Event Crashers, Urban Style Blog, Glamour & Grace, The Indie Tot, Pretty My Party,</em> and several other blogs. Many of my clients are in the Dallas area, however, I love to travel and am open to covering any wedding destination! </span>

 

WHO I AM

I am based in the Northeast region of Texas, where I live in the country with my husband, our daughter Amelia, and two dachshunds. I have red hair and I'm tall (yay for not having to stand on a stool to photograph my clients with that downward, flattering angle!). I love to read, cook, play the piano, sing and talk! I'm a member of the praise team at my church. I'm passionate about everything I put my hands to. 

My greatest compliment has been being told multiple times that I felt more like a close friend than a paid stranger. I have a wonderful knack for infusing the atmosphere I occupy with harmony. My personality blends well with a large variety of people. I'm a guide, a photographic visionary, and a creative at heart. I'm a great manager of time, I try to keep every part of your day running along smoothly, and love to stay in close contact with your planner so that we don't get behind. I'm very meticulous and pay great attention to all of the details, trying to capture beauty throughout every aspect of your special day. I preserve the candid and spontaneous in a creative and unobtrusive way because I'm just kind of awesome like that. 

 

LIFETIME PEACE OF MIND GUARANTEE

If all that jazz wasn't enough to make you love me, then please allow me to introduce you to my Lifetime Peace of Mind Guarantee, provided for all photographic services rendered. What is that, you ask? That, my friend, means that your days of worrying about losing your precious images to the abyss are gone forever. Au revoir. Sayonara. When you book me for your wedding or portrait session, you will receive your images on a USB drive, in a downloadable online gallery (that will be available for 10 years, woohoo!), and you will also receive any negatives of film shot during your wedding or session. Beyond that, my recommendations are to make a copy of your USB drive to store in a safety deposit box, along with your negatives, and to <em>print your images!! </em>Having your photos stored in two or more locations, and across multiple types of media, is the safest way to preserve your memories for the future. Bottom line. End of story. You're welcome.

 

xoxo,

Bethany

 

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