A Fashionable Event: Braselton, GA Event Photography

Last week I got to be the event photographer for the Women of Northeast Georgia Luncheon and Fashion Show benefiting Emergency Services at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton.  Many people do not know the Northeast Georgia Health System is a not-for-profit community health system – and they are dedicated to bringing more options to Northeast Georgia.   For those of you like me, who live in Hamilton Mill, we do not have a close Emergency Room.   That goes for other nearby communities like Deaton Creek and Chateau Elan as well.   NGHS has already brought a great urgent care to the area as well as comprehensive Physicians Groups with great primary care doctors.  (They are opening more offices soon too, as well as another urgent care in the Dacula area!)  Now they are going to build a facility for Emergency Services, and it is very exciting news for the area.

This was a great event with information tables about the new center, a champagne reception, an elegant luncheon and a wonderful fashion show by Sonia Says, a store in Athens, GA.   It was very exciting when they announced they had raised over $50 thousand for the new center and they revealed the check.

I definitely recommend following the news and building of the new center – this is a great group and something that will greatly benefit our community.   With that – here are just a few of the photos from the event.

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Lobby Day 2014

As I said in an earlier post this year, my charity for 2014 is Street Grace – an organization working to stop Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) in Atlanta.  It is not an easy subject to talk about as it can definitely make people uncomfortable.    Unfortunately it is a very big problem in Atlanta.   We are lucky to have these great men and women working on the issue with groups like Street Grace, Wellspring Living and Youth Spark.   There has been significant progress, including legislation being passed to help with prosecution.   I got to photograph the Lobby Day event this year, and it was such a great day.   The event focused not only on updates from many different groups including the GBI and the Atlanta police department, but on thanking the Georgia legislature for their hard work in passing a bill last year.  Even with a difficult topic, the event had a spirit of change and positive belief.   We can make a difference.    Here are just a few of the pictures from the event, but I would highly suggest looking into the organizations I mentioned earlier.

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Giving Back

Since I started my company, nearly 3 years ago, I knew one thing.   I was only going to do this if I could give a little something back to the community.   So from day 1 5% of print sales have gone to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.   CHOA means a lot to us.  We spent nearly a week there with Katherine, when she was only a tiny 1 week old baby.   They took such great care of us – and we were blessed to have insurance and good healthcare and it was covered.   CHOA does not ask about payment – they treat everyone first.   They help kids, it is what they do.   So I am proud that I have given to them for the last few years.

Through a chance meeting, I recently got to photograph the CEO of Street Grace, a non-profit in Atlanta.   Street Grace is a faith-based organization leading churches, community organizations and individual volunteers on a comprehensive path to end domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) in Metro Atlanta and throughout the United States.   This is not an easy topic to talk about or hear about … I admit when our church first started to get involved with the Out of Darkness mission (a group also focused on ending trafficking), I did not feel it was one I wanted to be apart of – it was uncomfortable.   However things started to happen.   I heard uplifting success stories at church, I was asked to photograph Cheryl the CEO of Street Grace, I helped with a story on the topic for a neighborhood magazine… the topic just started to be one that was on my heart.   When I would end an email with ‘stay warm out there!’ during our cold spells, I would then think of girls that perhaps were not given that option.  That were out there, forced to be out there.   It still is a topic that is hard to talk about – it is a topic I need to learn more about … but I know I can at least do a little something.

I am proud to announce that for 2014, Street Grace will be Amerine Photography’s designated charity.  It is not much, but it is something – and maybe sharing this will guide someone else to start considering supporting this mission.

Check it out here:

http://streetgrace.org/

Newest Member of the Family: Session Sneak Peek

So back in October, we welcomed a new member of the family – a new niece!  I realized I never blogged her newborn pictures, so I will include a few here.   Crazy enough, she keeps growing – so we recently did her 3 month photo session.   I love photographing babies at 3 months, because they are already showing sparks of their personality and those smiles just make my heart melt.   I actually thought she looked like my oldest when she was born, but now at 3 months – she looks so much like her big sister.  (Then again, people think my oldest and her cousin are twins so I guess that is kind of the same thing.)

We love you so much little jellybean.

Here you are at nearly two weeks old already – a new princess for us to love.

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Here you are at 3 months – you are just a baby doll!   The adorableness just makes me smile.

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Newborn and 3 month sessions mostly happen indoors – so don’t let this weather scare you off.  If you have a young baby or are expecting a young baby – give me a call today.  I love taking portraits you will treasure forever.

A Quick Snow-Filled Contest!

Upload a photo to Amerine’s FB page from the recent snow and be entered to win a $75 gift certificate!   Deadline is Saturday at midnight and I will use a random number generator to pull from the entries….

So go check it out here:  http://www.facebook.com/AmerinePhotography

Here are a couple snow pics of my girls!

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