Patch has a Q&A with Sue Kamman, owner of Capture This Moment Photography in Grayslake.
For $20 or a donation of a 24-can case of Pedigree dog food, customers will receive an 8x10 pet portrait and a "doggy bag" of goodies. A minimum of 25 percent of all proceeds will go to Save-A-Pet.
When did your business open? Tell us a bit about it.
I have been open since 2008 and originally worked out of my home. I decided to open the studio June 1 in Station Square. Since I really emphasize outdoor portraiture, I can offer so much more than traditional indoor backdrop style shots. I do about 70 percent high school seniors, which is why my location is also great.
Is this your first big event? How did the idea come about?
This is my first big event and being a pet lover myself, I know the value of a great portrait of my pet. They come into our lives and bring us such joy for a relatively short time. I think it's important to capture that time and I have been wanting to do more events to benefit the community as a whole.
This allowed me to do two things--the dog food drive for the shelter and the ability to involve the Grayslake North High School Public Service Practicum classes taught by Emily Weiss and Chris Kubic. The kids who are my helpers over the weekend can earn public service hours and learn more about serving the community.
Your fundraiser will benefit Save-A-Pet. Can you give us details?
I am asking every customer to bring in a donation of a 24-can case of Pedigree dog food or give $20, which will then be used to purchase dog food for Save-A-Pet. In exchange, each customer will get a complimentary 8x10 portrait with the ability to order more. A minimum of 25 percent of all proceeds will also go to the shelter to help with their expenses.
How did the students get involved? What will their roles be?
Teacher Emily Weiss happened to come by my studio for personal photography reasons and we got to talking and I threw out the idea that I was going to need kids to help me run things smoothly. It was a perfect match for my needs and her kids' ability to serve the community.
The kids are going to greet customers as they arrive for their appointment, help unload the food donations, bring customers in and out of the studio and give them a "doggy bag" with donations/coupons and business fliers from local area pet stores and service providers.
Do pet owners need reservations for this event? How can they sign up?
Yes, really just to avoid having a line up of pets. They can call the studio at (847) 445-0825. I will be having appointments every half-hour so the actual shoots last about 15 to 20 minutes. Weather permitting, I will take some indoors and out.