sweet nectar society interview

Are you interested in donating your photography but still looking for an organization to work with?  A few months back we announced our new Non-Profit Program, created to help get information about different programs out to photographers.  What would be another way to help you learn about these wonderful organizations?  Interviews, of course!  Today we continue our Non-Profit Interviews with Sweet Nectar Society!

an interview with sweet nectar society

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We’d love to learn about this special organization, Sweet Nectar Society.  What kind of charitable work do you do?

Sweet Nectar Society provides photos sessions for children who have serious disability, disorder and disease. At no cost to the families, we provide them with a photo session, an album of their images, and the digital files from their session. We also hope to raise awareness and provide support by sharing their stories on our website and give information about their ailments. In addition, Sweet Nectar Society holds many events throughout the year including fundraisers, blood and bone marrow drives, and awareness campaigns.

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We understand that Sweet Nectar Society was birthed from a personal story.  Can you give us a little of the background of how this organization was created?

Yes, Sweet Nectar Society was started when founder Brittany Wilbur’s daughter had some unknown health issues at the age of one. Being photographers, we knew the worth preserving moments that pass by so quickly, and during this time that truth became even more apparent. When Brittany approached co-founder Carrie Anne Miranda with the idea to start this organization, having two cancer survivor parents herself and having been through some medical scares with her own son, Carrie jumped on board without hesitation.  In its first year, Sweet Nectar Society provided over 80 families with lasting memories.

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What about families interested in participating in one of these special sessions?  Is there a way for them to connect with a photographer in their area?

As of right now, we are focused on the state of California, specifically the Central Valley region between Bakersfield and Sacramento where we work closely with the local Children’s Hospital.  Families can go online to our site at www.sweetnectarsociety.org and fill out a submission form.  From there we will connect them with a photographer in their area that best fits their needs.

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You must meet some extraordinary people through these types of sessions.  Has there been a particular person or story that has been especially inspiring to you?

Every family that we meet is extraordinary in their own way. We have met so many families dealing with personal obstacles… some spending most of their child’s life in the hospital, some battling multiple health issues like Down Syndrome and cancer all at once, and some knowing their child is terminal and are looking to record memories that will outlive their children. We are touched by every single family that has crossed our path, and we learn something new with every one we meet.

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I know you have a very exciting project going on right now with Sevenly.  Tell us a little about how they are partnering with you.

Yes, we are beyond thrilled about our Sevenly campaign!  If you haven’t heard of them, they are an AMAZING organization that uses their artistic talents to give back to non-profit charities.  Every week, they partner with a new non-profit by creating unique art and limited edition products for them that they sell exclusively on their website Sevenly.org.  Then, for every product sold, they give that week’s non-profit organization $7.  We are so excited that Sweet Nectar Society is Sevenly.org’s featured charity this week!  Every shirt you purchase will help provide priceless memories for these families.  The designs Sevenly has come up with for us seriously rock!

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How can our readers join in and support you in your Sevenly project?

They can follow this link to find something in the Sevenly store that they love, and every single purchase will help to support Sweet Nectar Society!  It’s pretty rad to get a crazy cool item for yourself (or for a friend!) while making a difference to a family in need at the same time. We’re not talking some boring shirt either.  These are hand-designed typography style items, and we are so excited about what they’ve come up with for our cause!

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What about local photographers who would like to be involved with Sweet Nectar Society?  Are you currently accepting applications for additional photographers to participate as volunteers?

Yes!  We are always looking for photographers with not only talent but a heart for the cause as well.  It takes a very strong, caring, loving and creative person to get across the message that we want to send to our families, so it’s not something that is a perfect fit for everyone.

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I see that your network of photographers is located in Central California.  Are there any plans to expand this network to include photographers across the country?

As of right now, we are working this growth on a case by case basis . . . but who knows what the future may hold!  We have big dreams for Sweet Nectar Society, but we also want to take our time to ensure that our mission and the quality and care our families have come to expect from us are not compromised.  So for now, we are slowly adding photographers and seeing where it takes us!

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Looking back at the photos that Sweet Nectar Society has been able to give families, what stands out as a significant thought about this journey?

We feel so blessed to be part of this experience at all.  We are so grateful for the families, the children, and the knowledge we have gained throughout it.   We’re so thankful that we have been given the opportunity to lend out talents for the greater good and meet some amazing people along the way.

Thank you so much for the great interview and the opportunity to learn more about your organization!  Don’t forget to learn visit our Non-Profit Program page on the CM website and visit the Sweet Nectar Society website as well.  You can also visit the Photography with a Purpose area within the photography forum to learn more!

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16 Responses to “sweet nectar society interview”

  1. Jun 17 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    I saw that Sevenly and Sweet Nectar had partnered and I love both organizations! <3 I am looking forward to getting more clothes from Sevenly to support the cause!

  2. Jun 17 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    What a wonderful organisation. l only wish l could help from all the way over in Scotland!

  3. Jun 17 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    two amazing organizations!!! i have my eye on several tanks… the designs are awesome and i’m so excited for another way to support charities that use photographers to make a difference for others!

  4. corinne m
    Jun 17 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    So incredible! Love this!!

  5. Jun 17 2013 at 8:43 pm #

    What a beautiful organization and I am so happy to see that Sevenly has partnered with you. The designs are wonderful and I will be filling up my cart to help support. <3

  6. Anne
    Jun 17 2013 at 10:13 pm #

    Just incredible and inspiring. Kudos to these organizations and the photographers who give of their love and time.

  7. Jun 17 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Gorgeous images and such a wonderful organization!!

  8. Jun 18 2013 at 7:36 am #

    As a mother of a child with a terminal disorder, I can absolutely appreciate what your organization is doing. Now to decide what to purchase in the Sevenly store!

  9. Jessica Reischel
    Jun 18 2013 at 9:12 am #

    What a wonderful act for our children with needs. Beautiful!

  10. Jun 18 2013 at 10:33 am #

    I ordered the black crew shirt, Elephants Never Forget…. can’t wait to get it in!

  11. Jun 18 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    What an amazing cause! Thank you for what you do :) Heading to Sevenly now…..

  12. Jun 18 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    thank you for this post. I bought a baby gift for a friend. so happy to support an amazing cause!!

  13. Jun 18 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    I just ordered three tops – love the designs and love being able to support Sweet Nectar Society!! <3 Thanks for the great interview!

  14. Jun 18 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    I just ordered two tanks and some bracelets! I’ll keep one bracelet and I plan to share the rest of the pack with some friends!

  15. Jun 19 2013 at 5:40 am #

    One shirt on the way to Australia. Love it. Love the cause. Thank you for your support of this organisation.

  16. Jun 22 2013 at 10:37 am #

    Amazing … two fabulous organizations. Thank you both for all you do for these precious families!

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