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    I'm a photographer located in the San Francisco Bay Area and I shoot weddings and relaxed lifestyle sessions of children and families. My husband Chris and I work together - and we're so glad you stopped by. This blog will feature our most recent professional work with current clients as well as plenty of personal updates.

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What if….

What if something like this:

 

Could make a difference for this:

 

 

I think it can.  I think it can make a BIG difference.

Chris and I have been talking a lot lately about how we can use SG Photo in a way that makes a difference in our community.  And the answer has been growing inside me now for a while and I’m really excited to see what it can do.

Starting in March, Sara Goetz Photography will be offering 4 separate mini session dates with structured packages (including digital files!  YAY!) where 100% of the procedes will benefit a non-profit.  

I mean, What do you think we could do together?

 …Give meals, blankets, clothing, etc… to the homeless?

…Help provide safe drinking water for a village in Africa?

…Help build a recovery home for a child that was rescued out of sex trafficking?

I want to do all these things…and so many more.  

 

So stay tuned for a blog post introducing our very first Mini Session location and non-profit partner.  I can’t wait to do this!  More info soon – but mark your calendars for March 16 & 17.  That’s the day we are going to work together to create something beautiful for you that will do something beautiful for this broken world.

 

AND PS – Do you have  a non-proft you would like SG Photo to support?  Drop me a line at sara@saragoetz.com or find me on Facebook!

January 16, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Rebecca - Yay! So exciting!

World Vision Mini Sessions Update

Remember this?

Way way back in October (which feels like yesterday and 14 years ago at the same time…) 5 families joined me to support the work of World Vision.  It was so much fun to be back at the Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm doing pictures of the sweetest families.  We did LOTS of running, lots of silly faces, lots of snuggles, and lots of just being together.  It was GREAT.

But better than all of that, because of the support of these specific families, we were able to make a donation of $300 to World Vision!!!!

With the money raised through these mini-sessions, Chris and I choose to support a division of World Vision called World Vision Micro Program.  The World Vision Micro Program funds loans to people in poverty who want to start or grow a current business.  This program enables farmers to buy seeds, fisherman to buy nets, tailors to buy cloth or bakers to buy flour.  It enables talented and visionary people who happen to live in a country with very little small business support to start, run & grow their own small businesses. It changes communities, empowers families and invigorates economies.

I love this video demonstrating how Micro Loans changed the life and community of one family.

 

Because of our clients & World Vision Micro Loans – we were able to fund a loan to Ursala Gilos and help her to purchase pigs so she can start a pig farm.  She will repay the loan – but not to us.  As her business grows and the debt is repaid it will be paid forward to another person/family who can change their lives with just a little support.

I can never be sure – and I don’t want to minimize the difficult life of families in 3rd world countries – but I have an aching in my heart that says if the Goetz family did not have the luxury of being born in the US, we could make it work if someone gave us as little as $300 to start a pig farm.  I can’t help but think that our lives and the lives of our children could be dramatically different if we could get a small (and I mean SMALL) business loan to care for our children and provide for their needs. Such an easy need to meet.  So, so easy for SG Photo – a small business – to do.

Ursula – I believe you have a God-given, deeply rooted entrepreneurial spirit in you.  Our prayer is that this little bit of money (by American standards) will empower you to forge a path to a new life – one where you can support and provide for your beautiful family.  May God bless your business.

Thank you to the families who scheduled mini-sessions at the farm.  I appreciate your support and your business that allows SGPhoto to do this kind of thing.  I hope that your photos are treasured – and that they remind you of another family in the Philippians who is working hard for a new kind of life.

I’ve never had more fun with mini-sessions than I did with these.  I think SGPhoto has just begun with this new kind of mini-session…

Stay tuned for more details!

I know what you’ve been thinking….

Well you are in luck!  Because soon we will!!!  Click here to sign up – you won’t want to miss it!

January 14, 2013 - 7:05 pm

Marina Moran - Sara, I would love to be part of your new venture, please include me to your list. Thank you so much for your creative ideas. God bless. Marina

January 21, 2013 - 2:49 pm

admin - Thanks Marina! You’ll get an activation email in your inbox shortly – just reply to that to confirm your subscription! :)

Midcentury Modern New Years Eve Eichler/Gangnam/Family Style

 

What could be better than a kids dance party complete with YMCA, Macarana and Gangnam style dancing, a lighted dance floor, a lighted limbo stick, and glow sticks galore?

Only a 9:00 pm balloon drop!!

Our neighbors Kyle & Sarah throw the BEST kid friendly New Year’s Eve party around.  The party itself is just SO MUCH FUN.  Laughter galore, ear to ear smiles and neighbors that have become great friends.

That last part – about neighbors being great friends – is the best part of the party and (in my opinion) mostly due to Ranch Del Diablo’s deep commitment to fostering community.  We never imagined when we bought this house that we would soon live surrounded by friends.  That’s a bonus that money can’t buy and a neighborhood feature that can’t be quantified on an MLS print out.

Kyle and Sarah – the party was one for the books!  Thanks for all you do in our community.

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