giving back

happy holidays, & thank you! by Ashley Brown

As 2012 draws to a close, we want to take a moment to thank you for your patronage. We are so privileged to be allowed into your lives and homes each year, and we love nothing more than watching your children grow and helping you preserve the memories of these fleeting years. We truly appreciate your loyalty and support, and hope that you and your family have a healthy and happy holiday season.

In lieu of sending holiday cards, we have donated a portion of sales each month to the following non-profit organizations. We urge you to check them out, and thank you for helping us support these wonderful causes.

St. Catherine's Center for Children (Jazzy Sun Birthdays) YWCA of the Greater Capital Region Best Buddies March of Dimes Jake's Help from Heaven The Brave Will Foundation The Thomas Patrick Morrison Foundation Franklin Community Center The Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center

We look forward to seeing you in 2013!

Ashley Brown & Kristen Cook

P.S. We will on a shooting hiatus until 1/15, but will be checking email and voicemail regularly. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or session inquiries.

giving back--empower women and eliminate racism by Ashley Brown

Not every home life is comprised of the traditional mom, dad, and child. Occasionally, life hands a difficult situation to those doing their very best to simply keep moving forward. In times like these, when faced with troubles, the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region is there to serve our region’s women and children. Women go to the YWCA in times of crisis, as survivors of rape or domestic violence. They come for job training and career counseling, child care, or for health and fitness. Whatever their reason or need, they leave with a renewed sense of being. Isn’t that what we all need now and then? And so, ABP is dedicating the month of February  to the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region. According to Victoria Baecker, director of development at the Y, donations are vital to the very foundation and services that are provided to hundreds of women and children. “This past holiday season, we hosted our annual Adopt-a-Family program where we provided gifts for the over 100 women and children we serve. Those gifts were donated from community members and purchased with monetary donations. That program would not have happened without the generosity of our community."

We encourage you to join us in giving back--to help continue to empower women and eliminate racism--the two core goals of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region!

Note: ABP’s monthly charitable contributions are based on the proceeds from prints, products and sessions. Any session booked with a deposit received will be applicable to that month’s charitable organization, though the session may be held in the proceeding month.

giving back - the joy of birthdays and bubbles by Ashley Brown

Many of us remember our favorite childhood birthday party--whether it was themed around a favorite cartoon character, sport or a particular stage in life. Everything from the cake to the decor was carefully planned out by mom or dad, and our friends shared in the excitement of unwrapping the pile of gifts. One would never think that a child would go without such an experience...except Fazana Saleem-Ismail, the founder of Jazzy Sun Birthdays--ABP’s January recipient of our 2012 monthly charitable contributions. Jazzy Sun Birthdays aims to put smiles on the faces of homeless children by making them feel like kings and queens for a day. Many of the children they serve know first-hand what it is like not to have a place of their own and possibly have had their parents struggle to find the source of their next meal. Saleem-Ismail firmly believed that helping children who have been exposed to a great deal of hardship experience some of the simple joys of childhood is critically important, and thus established an organization which hosts monthly birthday parties for children whose birthday may otherwise go uncelebrated, including cake, candles, rousing “happy birthdays," decorations, and presents.

The joy on the faces of the Jazzy Sun Birthday children is what keeps the organization and its volunteers going as well as the many monetary and gift-in-kind donations that are provided by generous individuals and businesses throughout the Capital Region. It was a recent party that reminded all involved that what they are doing is making a difference in the lives of many children.

"As we were cleaning up the party room, my friend told me to look outside at the playground,” said Saleem-Ismail. "EVERY SINGLE CHILD who was playing outside was happily blowing bubbles, one of the items contained in the goody bags that each had received. The happiness evident in their smiles and the fact that they were being carefree meant the world to me and told me that the project was succeeding in its primary goal."

We are proud to have Jazzy Sun Birthdays helping children and families in our region, and are thrilled to contribute a portion of our January proceeds to Jazzy Sun Birthdays. To learn more about their organization, visit them on Facebook.

Note: ABP’s monthly charitable contributions are based on the proceeds from prints, products, and sessions. Any session booked with a deposit received will be applicable to that month’s charitable organization, though the session may be held in the proceeding month.