What do you do when you have a friend in need?
Anything you can!
That’s what local photographer, creator of Wilton CT 411 and GOOD Morning Wilton contributor Andrea Topalian of Moments by Andrea Photography decided to do in putting her talents to work. She has organized a last minute fundraiser to benefit a friend.
When Topalian found out that her friend (a single mom in Wilton) had just lost her job and would soon lose her house too, she knew she had to do something.
“Every time I talk to her the situation is getting worse. Health issues, divorce and now job loss and her home being taken away at a time when she’s still struggling with her heath. It seems unreal but it isn’t. Life is hard for her at this moment and I want to show her that she is not alone,” Topalian says. “She has friends and a supportive community that will help her through this.“
Topalian is keeping mum on her friend’s identity although the recipient is aware of the fundraiser. Topalian at first thought to keep it a surprise, but she did let her friend know–and the Wilton mom is relieved to be receiving this support.
“My friend is the kind of person that is always giving to others so it’s hard for her to receive. When it comes to providing for her kids though, she puts her pride aside and is grateful for anything she receives. She is also focused on getting back on her feet so she can pay it forward,” Topalian adds.
For the fundraiser, Topalian is offering “Mini Session” photo shoots at her Wilton studio. She typically charges $575-$875 including digital images for a session; however, Topalian is donating her entire time and expertise and is giving everything away for free in exchange for a donation that will go directly to her single mom friend.
Sessions are offered for this Wednesday, Dec. 14 only at her Topalian’s home studio. Photos will be taken under natural light in her all white studio until 3 p.m. and then traditional studio lighting will be added for sessions between 3-5:30 p.m.. What’s more, images will be ready by Friday, Dec. 16, so participants will be able to use them for holiday card rush orders and gifts.
Topalian is asking for a donation of $150 for one child, and $100 for each additional child. That donation covers the session fee and all digital images form the session.