I am so happy to announce that today we reached our fundraising goal to help fight pediatric cancer!

Earlier this afternoon, two good friends (and clients) of mine made a very generous donation which brought us to $1000 in donations to Alex’s Lemonade Stand!  Now, not only have we raised the money, but a family affected by pediatric cancer will receive a photo session and print collection. We are working together with the ALS Foundation in choosing the right family and we can’t wait to meet them…so stay tuned for more information on that.

I want to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone who donated…your generosity towards this important cause is truly appreciated!  I’d also like to announce the winner of the free mini-session and package, and that goes to Andrea M who guessed 3:10pm! Congratulations to you, Andrea!  I’ll be in touch with you very soon and can’t wait to see you again!

One last thing, that I think is both poignant and bittersweet…today, by coincidence, happens to be the birthday of Alex, the brave little girl who created Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  She would have been 15 years old.  I wanted to share this video today that commemorates her life.  Her courage, optimism, and vision serve as an inspiration to us all…..

Thank you Alex, for letting us take part in your dream.

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  • Lynne - Alex’s video moved us to tears – thank you for the “lemonade stand” you created on behalf of Alex’s dream of a cure for childhood cancer…..01/19/2011 – 12:55 am

  • Milly - ……..many of us pause, and feel compassion, but for one reason or another, continue on with our lives……you, on the other hand, have chosen to participate and help. Thank you for taking the time and having the spirit. What an exemplary act of kindness.01/19/2011 – 10:51 am

  • Penny - Congratulations Christine, You did a wonderful job for a wonderful cause. The video was very moving, thanks for posting.01/19/2011 – 6:30 pm

Last April, I ran a campaign called “Shine a Light on Autism” to help raise autism awareness in which I asked families experiencing autism to share their stories with us. During the campaign, many moms, dads, and family members wrote in and shared their unique experiences with us. Each heart felt story was more moving than the next. They touched me deeply. Thank you to all who participated, and if you haven’t read the stories you can do so here. Also a HUGE thank you to Autism New Jersey for their help in promoting and supporting me throughout this endeavor! The campaign ended when my brother Paul, who also has autism, reached his hand into a hat and randomly drew the name of the family who would win a portrait session with me. It was Andrew and his family…

Montage of a beautiful boy who has autism - NJ Child Photographer

After trying to coordinate busy schedules, we met with Andrew and his lovely family at Deep Cut Park in Monmouth County.  The foliage was perfect and though it was a crisp day, the kids soon had their jackets off.  Andrew was a handsome boy with a gentle demeanor and kind eyes. He was also quiet and seemed a bit unsure of why we were at the park.  I led him to various places that I thought would make for picturesque backgrounds.  His older brother, Brian, who stayed with us for most of the time, was encouraging and supportive. Seemingly wise beyond his years, Brian was also very interesting to talk to.   He enjoys photography and wanted to know how I took pictures of moving subjects without them coming out blurry.  He may have been referring to his little sister, Kaitlyn, blonde and beautiful with all the energy of a 3 year old. She would stop just long enough for a few shots and then run off to play. Andrew would also wander off after a couple of clicks. When I gently coaxed him back, he would agree and come with me to one of my strategic spots.  One time he came towards me and didn’t stop.  As he got closer and closer, I thought he was going to kiss me on the cheek, but he stopped just as his nose almost touched my face.  He was smelling me;  his brother said he liked to do that sometimes.  Later when I told his mother, she said, “Oh, he must be very comfortable with you.  That means he likes you.”  I was so touched.  Andrew said very little and so this gesture meant a lot to me.

For much of the session, Andrew held on to a doll – Jessie from Toy Story – much like a security blanket offering some kind of tactile reassurance. This made me think of my brother who very often has a small, soft football that he adeptly tosses up in the air from hand to hand without even looking. Every Christmas we get him another one to replace the worn out one that served him all year long. I tried to take Jessie from Andrew a couple of times and saw that he wasn’t comfortable with that, so we just decided to make the doll a part of documenting Andrew…as he is, with what he likes. Andrew is beautiful.  His face has the innocence of a child, but with that innocence comes a special vulnerability.  I know how difficult it is for someone with autism to understand and navigate through this complicated world in which we live.

After meeting his mom and dad, I can see that Andrew is very lucky  to have such loving and devoted parents.  They were nothing short of warm and comfortable to be with, and you could see how much they loved their children. My hope is that this session does “Shine a Light” on autism and is a small window into one of the many families that are affected by it.

If you haven’t read the story or seen the video that Andrew’s mom submitted, you definitely should.  It’s beautiful.   You can also hear what she has to say about the delicate balance of parenting three children, including a child with autism here on her blog.

Black and white of beautiful boy - NJ Child Photographer

Black and white image of adorable girl - NJ Child Photographer

Black and white image of handsome boy - NJ Child Photographer

Two brothers - NJ Child Photographer

Sister kissing brother - NJ Child Photographer

Adorable sister with two brothers - NJ Child Photographer

Handsome boy looks up at the camera - NJ Child Photographer

Beautiful blonde girl - NJ Child Photographer

Boy smiling on a path - NJ Child Photographer

Loving family affected by autism - NJ Family Photographer

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  • Molly - You’ve taken my breath away. Your images show the innocence and vulnerability that often reflect autism but also the mystery and hidden potential that lies locked within. Thank you……01/09/2011 – 5:02 pm

  • molly - And how perfectly you see the sibling tenderness towards each other.01/09/2011 – 5:09 pm

  • Penny Leverman - Wonderful pictures of a very special family. I watched the video again and reread Andrew’s story, very touching. Andrew truly has a winning smile just like the rest of his family. Wonderful blog!01/09/2011 – 5:15 pm

  • Anne Hackett - Wow! These are beautiful!!!!01/09/2011 – 7:17 pm

  • Sanna - Christine, you have kept “the Light Shining on Autism”. Thank you for sharing your thoughts during the photo session. From your narrative one feels the love within the family and your love for what you do.01/09/2011 – 9:38 pm

  • maggie - Your passion for families of children with autism is evident in your writing and every portrait seen here. I’m speechless. I love the tenderness and beauty you captured — stunning work, Christine.01/09/2011 – 9:43 pm

$650 and Climbing!

My winter fundraiser is well underway and we’re over half way to our goal of raising $1000 in donations to the pediatric cancer foundation…

Christine DeSavino Photography

Raise Awareness and…


Win a Free Mini-Session & Photo Package!


To help spread the word, I am giving away a free Mini-Portrait-Session & Photo Package to one lucky family. Read on for details…

To have a chance at winning, all you have to do is take a guess as to what time of day we will pass the $1,000 mark in donations. Right now we’re just over half way, but you can see our current donation status here.

To enter, just leave me a comment either on my facebook page or below this post stating the time of day (ie. 3:37pm) that you think we will surpass $1000. The actual day does not matter – the time is all that is needed in your guess.  If there is a tie, the first to guess wins.

Yes, you can ENTER TWICE! Just take a different guess on both sites (facebook & blog) and whoever guesses the closest time will win! (Mini-Session cannot be in lieu of previously scheduled session; however, the mini-session is transferrable. Session must take place in my normal working area of Northern NJ, the NYC metro area, and LBI/Jersey Shore.)

The mini-session will consist of a 1/2 hour photo session with 10-12 images in an online gallery from which the winner can select.  The package will include the following prints: 1 11×14, 2 8×10’s, and 4 5×7’s!

Also, when we reach our $1000 goal in donations, I’ll be giving away a complete portrait session and photo collection to a family affected by pediatric cancer, so come join me now in this great cause:

Fight Pediatric Cancer with Christine DeSavino Photography


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  • lauren tuvel - 4:47 pm is my guess01/08/2011 – 9:04 am

  • Rose Bagnara - here’s my second guess 1:1201/08/2011 – 10:44 am

  • David Hiler - Time: 6:49PM…I can feel it.01/08/2011 – 11:25 am

  • Andrea Mueller - Can you tell I want a 1st birthday session!?? Second guess is 9:19am01/08/2011 – 12:57 pm

  • Rose Bagnara - oh yeah and I made my donation today!01/08/2011 – 9:29 pm

  • Kim Lionetti - 8:00 pm01/10/2011 – 5:59 pm

It’s been such an incredible year for me…I have met the most wonderful families and have really loved ALL of my clients!  How lucky I feel!  To celebrate, I thought I’d put together a Best of 2010 slideshow with some of my favorite images.  Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year from Christine DeSavino Photography and hope to see you in 2011!

xoxo

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  • Lee - What a fabulous year! Great Images…Good luck in 2011…12/31/2010 – 11:02 pm

  • milly - What a splendid, impressive collection. You’ve had a remarkable year and it’s only just the beginning……..01/01/2011 – 8:45 am

  • Penny - Great pictures, great accomplishments. I have really enjoyed seeing samples of your photo shoots all year long, and always look forward to seeing more.

    The best to you and your family in 2011.01/01/2011 – 9:25 am

Come help me give a special gift to a deserving family

As a children’s portrait photographer, I feel so blessed to be able to work with children on a regular basis.  Whether it’s capturing a smile, coaxing a giggle, or preserving a beautiful moment for Mom and Dad to treasure for years to come…these are the things that give me a deep sense of joy and happiness in what I do.  But I also know that not all children are as blessed as the ones that I have met and photographed this year. That’s why as 2010 comes to a close, I’d like to give something to the children and families that need our love and support.

So please join me in the effort to help fight pediatric cancer, and in doing so, we will give a very special gift to a deserving family…

flyer for Christine DeSavino Photography

To participate, here are the details:

To Donate, Book a Session,  & Claim Your $200 Print Credit:

  1. Contact me to secure a session date, get your $50 session fee discount, and go over session/payment details.
  2. Then go to my donation page at Alex’s Lemonade Stand and make your $50 donation.
  3. Next, come back to my blog or facebook page and leave a comment announcing that you have donated!  By doing so you’ll be helping to raise awareness for this cause.
  4. Once I see your comment, you will then be eligible to use your print credit for your order.
  5. Get ready for your session!

To Donate & Claim Your $50 or $100 Print Credit:

  1. Just go to my donation page at Alex’s Lemonade Stand and make your $25 or $50 donation.  Anyone can donate at anytime!
  2. Then come back to my blog or facebook page and leave a comment announcing that you have donated!  By doing so you’ll be helping to raise awareness for this cause.
  3. Once I see your comment, I will then contact you via email or facebook about your print credit.
  4. Go tell your friends to donate!

To Donate & Get Us to that $1000 level:

  1. Well, …..just DONATE!

Further Info:

  • Anyone from anywhere can donate at anytime.
  • You do not have to live in the NJ area to participate, but all sessions resulting from this fundraiser must take place in my normal shooting area:  Northern NJ, the NYC metro area, and LBI/Jersey Shore.
  • If you do not wish to use this print credit for yourself, feel free to give it to a friend!
  • Yes, current clients who have not ordered yet can donate and qualify for a print credit.
  • Sessions booked via this fundraiser must be completed by April 1, 2011.
  • Please, only 1 credit from this fundraiser per client, and all credits must be used in 2011.
  • Print credits are eligible only after the minimum print purchase of $400 has been satisfied.
  • Print credits do not apply to announcement cards.
  • When we reach our goal of $1000 in donations, the donated portrait session & photo collection will be determined in collaboration with Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Below are a few details about this wonderful foundation, but if you’d like to learn more about them or pediatric cancer you can do so here:

www.alexslemonade.org

  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is committed to finding a cure for all childhood cancers.
  • To date, they have raised over $35 million and have funded over 150 research projects at more than 50 institutions across the country!
  • They  are also innately aware of the struggles that families face throughout their battle with childhood cancer, emotionally, financially and otherwise, and have created programs to assist them.

Pediatric Cancer

  • On the average, 36 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer everyday in the United States.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States.
  • One in every 330 Americans develops cancer before the age of twenty.
  • The causes of most childhood cancers are unknown. At present, childhood cancer cannot be prevented.
  • Despite these facts, childhood cancer research is vastly and consistently underfunded.

**this information was taken directly from the website of Alex’s Lemonade Stand

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  • Sanna - Great idea, Christine, to support pediatric research. It is very difficult to watch a child suffer. As a mother and a nurse I know how a sick child tugs at your heart strings. Bless you for helping fight Autism last Spring and now Pediatric Cancer. My husband and I will donate $50.00.12/22/2010 – 6:09 pm

  • Christine - Thank you so much, Sanna & Lee! What a nice comment you left and such a generous donation! It is truly a wonderful cause!12/22/2010 – 6:28 pm

  • Penny - Christine, It is the season for giving and you came up with a great idea. Sanna said it all so well. I donated $25. Happy Holidays to you!12/22/2010 – 7:13 pm

  • Christine - Thanks very much, Penny! Happy holidays to you as well…see you at the chili cook-off! :)12/22/2010 – 10:08 pm

  • Debbie Favuzza - Hi Christine, I am certain that the special family who wins your session will cherish the photos forever..your work is so beautiful. I just donated $50 and think you will reach your goal by 7:30pm 😉01/11/2011 – 12:28 pm

I just love newborn shoots…especially when they are such good sleepers like this little guy was.  Mom & Dad were warm and welcoming, not to mention helpful during the shoot – just a delight to meet.  This boy is a little brother and I will be posting a few favorites of his big brother soon. But for now, I’ve lots left to do so I’ll keep it short.  I’m planning some exciting holiday promos, contests and fundraisers coming up soon so keep an eye out!   In the meantime, enjoy this serene beauty…

Newborn sleeps on white fur blanket - NJ Newborn Photographer

Black and white of sleeping newborn boy - NJ Newborn Photographer

Beautiful baby in peanut wrap - NJ Baby Photographer

Baby sleeps in bluish-green cocoon - NJ Baby Photographer

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  • Natalie Clayshulte - I love them all, but I think the third is my favorite. These are so soft and beautiful!12/15/2010 – 6:52 pm

  • Sanna - The serenity of a newborn ….. so precious and peaceful reflects the joy of parenthood. And your photos capture it all so perfectly.12/16/2010 – 12:29 am

  • Penny - Precious! Such wonderful photos.12/16/2010 – 4:40 am

  • Christine Chardo - Wow!! Perfection! You are amazing! And what a gorgeous little fellow. His mommy and daddy must be so proud of him for doing such a great job in his first photo session! :O)12/16/2010 – 2:51 pm

I’ve really been neglecting this blog…but have a bunch of sessions that I can’t wait to share…

This session was almost rained out, until mom came up with a fantastic location for us (which shall remain nameless) in West Orange.   Not only were we able to shoot inside, but the rain held off as it often turns out, so we ventured outside as well.  Cloudy days can make for some beautiful sessions as the clouds really soften and diffuse the sunlight.   Never shy away from a cloudy day session!   Anyway, I always love when we have a variety of cool backgrounds and this little model was just adorable in both looks and personality.  Talk about easy-going!  He just played happily the whole time…

Boy plays with train by window - NJ Child Photographer

Boy standing in greenhouse - NJ Child Photographer

Boy sitting in window sill - NJ Child Photographer

Boy by a red door - NJ Child Photographer

Boys smiling with Pleasantdale Chateau in background - NJ Child Photographer

Boy in front of Pleasantdale Chateau - NJ Child Photographer

Boy on gazebo with wooden airplane - NJ Child Photographer

Boy on gazebo with wooden airplane - NJ Child Photographer

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  • Wendie DeLano - Christine- these are amazing! Love the beautiful location, but mostly just love this little cutie pie. His outfit is adorable. My favorite is the fifth one down. I hope Mom and Dad order that one BIG!! Great job as always!12/13/2010 – 2:18 pm

  • Mollie Kendall - Oh Christine, these are gorgeous!!! The little boy and his styling, light, the location, your clarity. Beautiful!12/13/2010 – 2:33 pm

  • Bea - Looks like he’s across the ocean in Ireland! As always, your talent amazes and your camera pays homage to the child it captures.12/13/2010 – 4:01 pm

  • Christine Chardo - Oh, I am so in love with this session! Love everything about it!12/14/2010 – 10:54 am

  • Jinx - These are so lovely, Christine. Beautiful work.12/15/2010 – 4:54 am

This family has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving…the most darling baby girl.  I normally do not do baby sessions at 1 month old.  The babies are past the newborn stage, do not sleep as well and still cannot hold their heads up for very long, so they are kind of at an “in-between” stage.  But when a friend of mine called me to request a session for a very special girl, I was happy to give it my best try.  Boy, am I glad I did!  She is just precious and I had the pleasure of meeting not only her parents, but her grandmother and great grandmother – a lovely family.   And four generations of women…how fantastic!   Here is their new little beauty…

Sleeping baby girl - NY Baby Photographer

 

 

Close up of baby girl sleeping- NY Baby Photographer

 

Beautiful blue-eyed baby on black with green knit - NY Baby Photographer

Blue-eyed baby on black with green knit - NY Baby Photographer

Mother kisses baby girl - NY Baby Photographer

Baby wearing peace signs on stripes - NY Baby Photographer

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  • Rachel - oh, wow! so pretty! she has gorgeous eyes. beautiful shots.11/24/2010 – 7:31 pm

  • Penny - Adorable baby, love her big blue eyes and that wonderful head of hair. Beautiful pictures.11/24/2010 – 8:58 pm

  • Jowhara - I agree with Rachel. Amazing work. 3 month olds are a tough age and you rocked yet another session!11/24/2010 – 9:57 pm

  • tina buckley - Breathtaking! What gorgeous eyes she has! You are amazing, Christine!11/25/2010 – 7:50 am

  • Cousin Rita - She is beautiful god bless her11/30/2010 – 11:54 am

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