Local Photographer Supports October "Family Portrait Month" Promotion To Benefit Operation Smile

During October, Irene Abdou Photography of Germantown, Maryland joins PPA Charities in promoting "Family Portrait Month," a fundraising effort benefiting Operation Smile, which treats children suffering from facial deformities.
 
 
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Sept. 18, 2010 - PRLog -- During October, Irene Abdou Photography of Germantown, Maryland joins PPA Charities (the philanthropic arm of Professional Photographers of America) in promoting "Family Portrait Month."  This national fundraising effort will benefit Operation Smile, which treats children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.  

Irene Abdou Photography has pledged to contribute $25 plus 10% of print sales over $200 from family portrait sessions conducted in October or booked in October for future months to PPA Charities, which has chosen Operation Smile as its charitable partner.  According to Louis Tonsmeier, President of Professional Photographers of America, "October and November are ideal times for families to have their portraits created, because the holiday season is just around the corner.  Few gifts are appreciated as much as portraits of family members.  And when families participate in Family Portrait Month, they are making it possible to truly change the lives of children who would otherwise face a lifetime of pain and rejection."

Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is a worldwide children's medical charity dedicated to helping children and young adults born with facial deformities.  In as little as 45 minutes, one cleft lip surgery can change a child's life forever.  Each year, more than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity in Operation Smile's 26 partner countries.  Tens of thousands remain untreated.

"Joy, excitement, love...these are emotions that we all show through a smile, and a child's smile can melt a parent's heart.  I love that my job is to fuse art and photojournalism to create images that are simply unforgettable.  But I can't forget that a smile is key to that, and I'm incredibly happy that I can help to save a smile by participating in Family Portrait Month," says Irene Abdou, photographer and owner of Irene Abdou Photography.  PPA Charities Board of Trustees president Mary Fisk-Taylor adds, "It's hard to imagine a more appropriate charity for our members to support.  And when parents participate in Family Portrait Month, it's a wonderful way to teach children the value of reaching out to others.  Even small children can understand the importance of Operation Smile's work, and they are eager to help these needy children."

For further information on how you can help to save a smile with your family portrait session, contact Irene Abdou at (202) 596-8147 or visit her online at http://ireneabdouportraitsweddings.com.

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Irene Abdou Photography fuses art and photojournalism to create images that are simply unforgettable. Serving the Washington, DC metro area and destinations worldwide to meet your portrait, wedding, and event photography needs.
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