Friday, April 22, 2011

Our Japan Relief Effort Wedding Photography Contest Winners

Congratulations to Caliyane and Chris, who have been selected as our winners for the Japan relief effort wedding photography contest!

We selected this special couple because of their tremendous compassion, consideration for others, and selflessness.  They have consistently put the needs of others ahead of their own.  18 years ago, Chris’ sister was battling non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as a teenager, and he provided his unyielding support.  In addition, Chris left behind a project in Europe to be with his mother through chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery as she battled breast cancer.  Caliyane and Chris both volunteered with his mother at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara, supporting participants and thanking them for their support. 

Caliyane’s passion for helping people has influenced her career path, as she decided to focus her studies in health services research and non-profit development.  She has devoted her time to causes that she believes in, including interning at organizations for causes to eliminate domestic violence, human sex trafficking, HIV/AIDS, health care inequality, and social injustice.  She volunteered with Break the Cycle in both their Los Angeles and Washington D.C. offices to help empower youth to end domestic violence and create a positive change.  She is currently working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center analyzing data for nurses and physicians to improve health service delivery.

Currently, Caliyane and Chris are expecting their first child, and at the end of the month, Caliyane will participate in the March of Dimes March for Babies Walk at Exposition Park with her nursing team at Cedars-Sinai.  Their dream vacation is to one day take their family to Cambodia and volunteer at an orphanage.  Clearly, Caliyane and Chris have shown an admirable sense of compassion, and it is fitting that the proceeds from their wedding photography go to charity.  They have also reminded us not to forget about the people of Haiti, and have chosen UNICEF  as their charity of choice, electing to split the funds to support the relief efforts to aid both Haiti and Japan. 

Thank you Caliyane and Chris for being model human beings, and for helping us support these causes.  We’re looking forward to photographing your wedding on the campus of Pepperdine in Malibu.  We would also like to thank all the couples who entered the contest, and are continuing to do their part to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Congratulations! 

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