Families come in all shapes and sizes. When thinking about how we can give back, we thought about our own family, and issues that have been important in our lives. Through our business we’ve donated to the Stollery, the Cross Cancer, and our local neighbourhood playground. We decided this year to highlight adoption, and newly formed families.
This is something that is personal to me (Haley) because I am actually adopted, although not in the conventional sense. My dad has been my dad since I was very young. I love him as a dad, I call him dad, but legally he was my ‘step-dad’. I cringe at even typing that because it doesn’t describe the relationship we had. When I was 25, we found out my dad had cancer. Before he passed away, I filed all of the paperwork for him to legally adopt my brother and me. It’s just a piece of paper, but it is so important to me to know that we made everything official, especially now that he is gone.
Adult adoptions are just one form of adoption, and we want to celebrate all of the newly formed families in Edmonton! Along with Edie from Small Miracles Adoption and JoyFoley Sweets we have planned the Shandro Photo Adoption Celebration, with proceeds going to Adoption By Choice. As it happens, November is Adoption Month!
How it works: Pre-book your portrait session by printing and completing the registration form here. We will have 15 minute spots available between 10 am and 4 pm. The cost of $25 includes a portrait session in our studio, and an 8×10 print.
* YOU DO NOT NEED TO HAVE ADOPTED A CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS FUNDRAISER CELEBRATION * We still have a few spots available.
Before and after your portrait session we invite you to stay and mingle with other families. Refreshments will be provided along with gift bags for the kids and a sweets buffet!
In addition to our November 3rd sessions, for any family who pre-books a portrait session with us in the month of November (the session can happen later than that) we will donate an additional $50 per booking to Adoption By Choice.
If you have adopted a child, or know a family who has, please let them know about this event.
*This event is now open for all families to book!* Please note that in order to ensure the comfort of all of our families sessions are by appointment only.