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Hallmark Students & Staff Begin Toys For Tots DriveTuesday, November 26th
Hallmark Institute of Photography is proud to announce that the students and employees have begun collecting toys for the
Toys for Tots program founded by the United States Marine Corps. In addition, beginning Monday, December 2nd, community members are invited to help the needy children in the area by bringing their own donation to this year’s collection.
“Toys for Tots helps thousands of underprivileged children in our community. They get to experience the joy of the Christmas holiday by opening Christmas gifts,” said Shelley Nicholson, this year’s volunteer coordinator. “Everyone here at Hallmark, is honored to be a small part of this grand tradition”.
Anyone interested in donating should drop off any NEW & UNWRAPPED toys and/or NEW & UNWRAPPED age-appropriate books at Hallmark’s Administrative Office Building, located at 241 Millers Falls Road in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. The office will be open for collections between the hours of 8 am – 5 pm (Monday – Friday). Hallmark will be collecting toys up through the close of business on Monday, December 16th.
About Toys for Tots
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is a not-for-profit organization authorized by the U.S. Marine Corps and the Department of Defense to provide fundraising and other necessary support for the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Now in its 66th year, Toys for Tots provides joy and a message of hope to less fortunate children through the gift of a new toy or book during the Christmas holiday season.
For more information on the Toys for Tots program in Western Massachusetts, please visit http://westernmass.toysfortots.org
Hallmark Students & Staff Collect Food Items to Benefit Local Food Pantry.Friday, November 22nd
Hallmark Institute of Photography students and staff combined efforts to collect non-perishable food items to benefit the Franklin County Survival Center’s Food Pantry, located in downtown Turners Falls.
Family Portraits to benefit the United Way of Franklin CountySaturday, November 16th
On Saturday November 16th, Hallmark students and staff will volunteer their time to photograph family portraits and raise money for Baystate Franklin Medical Center's Employee United Way campaign.
Students will donate their time and photography skills to help stage the day-long event. With faculty supervision, students will greet families, photograph in our state-of-the art facilities, and edit images. Print orders can be made online with a number of different available packages. All proceeds from this event will directly benefit the United Way of Franklin County.
Sittings will be scheduled in 15 minute increments; there is a $25.00 sitting fee, which must be paid before confirmation of reservation. If multiple slots are requested, the sitting fee charge will be $40.
Please note: well-behaved pets will be allowed at Hallmark Photography. We ask that you have your pets on a leash or in a small cage. When booking your appointment, please state that you will be bringing a pet.
To schedule your photography session, please contact Katie Murphey at (413) 773-0211 x32254
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Hallmark Staff and Faculty Help Provide Holiday Cheer for Children Within the CommunitySunday, November 10th
This holiday season, Hallmark Institute of Photography’s staff and faculty will join together to help provide gifts for older children and adolescents within our community who may be estranged from their families or living outside of their homes due to circumstances beyond their control.
In conjunction with The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Children and Families in the Franklin and Hampshire County area, Hallmark will purchase gifts from “wish lists” provided by individual youth that include items such as jeans & sweatshirts, music CD’s and gift cards to department stores.
Hallmark is honored and proud to be a part of this project in hopes of bringing some holiday joy and happiness to those youth in the care of the Department of Children and Families.
Chaz Cruz (2007) Named One of Rangefinder's 30 Rising Stars of Wedding PhotographyWednesday, October 30th
Chaz Cruz, who graduated from Hallmark in 2007 has been named by Rangefinder as one of 30 "Rising Stars of Wedding Photography." Cruz was selected from a pool of wedding photographers spanning the globe.
Rangefinder is one of the premier publications for the wedding photography and portrait industry. This year’s judging panel includes Rangefinder's editors: Jacqueline Tobin, editor-in-chief; Jessica Gordon, managing editor; and Lindsay Comstock, senior editor who were joined by Jason Groupp, WPPI director of education and membership.
More information: http://tinyurl.com/qhyfyv9
Artist-in-Residence Gregory Heisler to Present at PhotoPlus ExpoFriday, October 25th
Gregory Heisler, Hallmark's Artist-in-Residence, will be giving a seminar at this year's PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. The seminar entitled, "Gregory Heisler: The Evocative Portrait" is part of the Expo's Better Business Track.
Photographing people with a sense of intention, deliberateness and purpose. This is what separates the casual or candid portrait from the evocative portrait. In his stimulating presentation, Gregory Heisler will inspire the photographer to change gears: to think more about "why" than "how" as you create your images. He will explain his philosophy and methodology of photographing people, balancing a conscious process of decision-making with the intuitive, unpredictable shifts that inevitably occur during the making of a portrait. But his choices are always in response to specific subjects, circumstances and clients. Employing an incredibly broad array of photographic skills, he has always sought fresh and innovative approaches to his portrait assignments and commissions.
More information: http://tinyurl.com/nxdm424
Instructor David Turner featured at Binney Art GalleryTuesday, October 22nd
David Turner's photographs have been selected and hung as the featured show at the Binney Art Gallery, located on the Wilbraham & Monson Academy campus in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. The show, entitled Light, shows his intense attention to detail and lighting considerations in both his signature style work as well as new directions. The Binney Art Gallery will host an artist's reception on November 7th at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through November 22, 2013.
More information: http://www.wma.us/cf_news/view.cfm?newsid=871
Hallmark Announces Distinguished Panel for October 2013 Year-End Final Portfolio ReviewThursday, October 17th
Hallmark Institute of Photography is pleased to announce the selection of three world-class photographers as panelists for the October 2013 Year-End Final Portfolio Review. The Final Portfolio Review will be held in the auditorium of Hallmark's Educational Center on Thursday October 17th, 2013.