Category Archives: Charity

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2 recent auctioned portrait sessions

This past year I have been very fortunate to be able to donate photo sessions to a couple of charities that are near and dear to my heart.  The first session that I’m posting is a session that was donated to the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA‘s annual Golf Tournament, “Doglegs, Birdies and Eagles.”  Most people who know me know that I have two very well-loved dogs and one of those dogs was a rescue dog from the Pasadena Humane Society. I’m eternally grateful to them and was honored to be able to donate a session for their auction (in which they raised over $20,000 at that auction – woohoo!!).  And I couldn’t have been more thrilled with the adorable little girl Abby that I worked with- isn’t she a doll??

The next session I’m posting here was also an auctioned session- this one was for Villa Esperanza‘s 23rd Annual Tournament of Hope.  The auction winner was Michelle Cox, Villa Esperanza’s Director of Development.  I’ve worked with her family before, so it was a pleasure to photograph her lovely family once again!

Chabad of Bel Air Event, Beverly Hills, CA

Most of the events I photograph are weddings, but I recently got a call from Rabbi Chaim Mentz of Bel Air looking for an event photographer to capture his 50th Birthday Party and Chabad of Bel Air’s 24th Anniversary at the stunning Beverly Hills Hotel.  It was an evening of celebration, toasting, comedy, dancing and festivities.  I was thrilled to meet singer and American Idol sensation Paula Abdul, too.  Mazal Tov to you, Rabbi Mentz!  


Villa Esperanza Tournament of Hope

“There is only one of you in the world, just one.  And if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.” -Martha Graham

One of the things I love about my job is that I get introduced to so many fascinating people.  Earlier this year while doing a children’s portrait session, I was talking to the mom, Alex Paschal, and she was telling me about her work at a non-profit called Villa Esperanza Services.  Villa Esperanza is a charity that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities and vulnerable at-risk adults in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. They run quite a few programs, including educational services for children with autism and Down syndrome, adult vocational programs and programs for seniors living with developmental disabilities.

She had mentioned an upcoming silent auction and so I ended up donating a portrait session for Villa Esperanza’s 21st Annual Tournament of Hope.  Although I’m not sure how much my portrait session went for, I found out that the event raised a total of $165,000!  In this economy, that’s quite an accomplishment!