last minute, for a cause / by Ashley Brown

Its hard to believe that the holidays are literally right around the corner, and with it comes the need for holiday cards and gifts. For those who did not have an opportunity to have their portraits done this fall but still need that perfect handful of images for those purposes, we are hosting one last date of simply childhood sessions at our natural light studio in Saratoga on Sunday, December 2nd. These sessions will provide a great option for families looking to squeeze in a last minute session (family and sibling shots welcome!) with a super fast turnaround, all while supporting a family near and dear to our hearts. Longtime ABP clients and friends, Gillian & Matt, and their 5 year old son Nicholas recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Charlotte, into their lives. You may have "met" her via her recent newborn session. Shortly after I have the pleasure of meeting this sweet girl, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with osteopetrosis. This rare genetic disease is hallmarked by abnormally dense bones and other serious complications. The only cure is a bone marrow transplant and without this, the disease carries a poor prognosis. Charlotte and her family will be staying in Boston for several months while she receives chemotherapy, stem cell treatment and, when a donor is found, a bone marrow transplant at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. It goes without saying that her diagnosis and treatment will put enormous emotional and financial stress on her family.

In addition to our own fundraiser, we hope you'll be able to join us for the Team Charlie Donor Drive on Saturday, December 1st, to be held at the Hampton Inn in Latham. We'll be there, swabbing cheeks, to add anyone who wishes to onto the DKMS America Bone Marrow Donor Registry. For more information on the drive and about Charlotte and her fight, please visit: Team Charlie Bean.

If you are interested in signing up for a session, please email us at Our goal is a $500 donation to the Barbieri family!

And because every post needs some images, here are some from our recent in-studio simply childhood sessions. The studio has both beautiful, neutral space as well as some classic seasonal decor so that the images captured will be fitting for the holiday as well as timeless for all year round.

Thank you!