Holiday Mini-Session Fundraiser 2015

Want to get a beautiful holiday card photo and help raise funds for your favorite local school or community organization this season?

Here’s how!

On Sunday, November 22 we’re having a day full of community fundraising sessions, and you’re invited. You’ll come away with a great holiday card or keepsake photo while supporting your local school or community organization.

Where is the photo fundraiser?
Photographs will be taken indoors on a white set at the Stonington COMO. We’ll send more specific instructions and address with your confirmation. You’ll choose your appointment time using our online booking calendar

Nov. 22:   sign up HERE:




How much are the sessions?
The sessions, with Anna Sawin Photography, are $75 for up to three children, and come with a complimentary digital upload for your Christmas card to our stationery partners, Minted or Tiny Prints. Digital files and prints are available separately. Each session is just a few minutes long, and is great for getting that card photo for up to three children.

Want it all? Order the files for making prints and holiday gifts!
Want the files with your session? Just $275 for this special fundraiser date includes your session, complimentary upload service to one of our stationery partners and all the digital photo files—up to five digital files with reprinting rights delivered right to your computer.  (Regularly $795.)

What if I want a session with the whole family, parents included? What if I have more than three children?
No problem! Choose the all-inclusive 15-minute session for $375 instead—we’ll need a few more minutes to make sure we get what you’re looking for.

What should we wear?

1. Seasonal style (or not!)
Go for maximum holiday fun with antlers and sleighbells, go holiday classic with velvet and plaid, or go for timeless casual wear, for photos that are just as fresh in January as they are in August. (We will have a pure white set ready for you, so please bring any props that suit you!)

2. All about that blue!
Need help choosing colors? Here’s a stylist’s tip: all shades of blue, from navy to soft aqua photograph beautifully and almost everyone looks terrific in blue. Other great photogenic colors are tan, cream, navy, nearly all greens (no chartreuse and neon, please!), soft pinks and brown. Avoid hot colors like bright pinks, fuschias, yellows, and orange–they don’t photograph well. If you love those colors, I recommend you opt for them as an accent: a hair flower, a belt, a scarf. Neon colors are never a good idea in a portrait, because they “throw” a reflection of their color on the skin, and you will have a neon yellow or orange face.

3. Your family color palette
Ok, great–navy blue, but what else? Here’s a tip–take a peek at the expert color palettes of seasonal cards created by the card designers at Minted or Tiny Prints in their holiday card collection. They constantly come up with creative combinations for color choices, and every year we see some great new ideas. Gold and gray? Moss green and aqua? Barn red and navy? It all looks great against white!

4. Be timeless (or not!)
Neutral, pleasing colors go a long way towards making your family the real subjects of the photo, if that’s your goal. Characters, large logos, sports team names and other motifs on your clothing are somewhat distracting, and may instantly date your look in years to come. However, these quick and easy sessions on our white set are the perfect way to showcase a moment in your child’s life. If he wears a superhero cape or a Patriots jersey every day, or if she can’t be separated from her soccer ball or her American Girl doll, let’s capture it! We’re happy to help you celebrate these fleeting moments.

What does my school or organization get?
We will donate 15% from every session to your choice of our partnering schools and organizations. Choose from Deans Mill School, West Vine School, West Broad School, NESS (New England Science and Sailing), St. Michael’s School and Calvary Nursery School!

When do I get my photos?
Your photos will be available to you by Monday, November 30, in plenty of time for holiday gifts and cards.

What’s a Holiday Candy Bar?
A spread of nut-free holiday sweets to nibble after the session! (Gluten-free candy choices will be available, too.)

Thank you! In addition to your contribution to the community by purchasing a photo fundraiser session, we invite all of our clients to join us in contributing generously to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center on photo day. Peanut butter, spam, beans and other shelf-stable proteins are most needed, along with pasta and pasta sauce, jelly and canned stews.

Anna Sawin

Anna Sawin is a Connecticut-based portrait, wedding, and editorial photographer. She lives in the shoreline town of Stonington with her family and has discovered the perfect cupcake. Just ask, she is willing to share her secret.

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Anna Sawin is a Connecticut-based portrait, wedding, and editorial photographer. She lives in the shoreline town of Stonington with her family and has discovered the perfect cupcake. Just ask, she is willing to share her secret.