Something to Remember | Los Angeles | December 7th, 2013

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Something to Remember | December 1st, 2012

Thank you for all the families that participated in the Something To Remember Event on December 1st. You are all remarkable people!! 

SOMETHING TO REMEMBER
http://givesomethingtoremember.com

FOUNDER, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Jana Cruder
http://www.janacruder.com

VIDEO BY The Reel Lab | http://www.thereellab.com
CINEMATOGRAPHER & 1AD
Mike Vitone

CAMERAMAN/EDITOR
Javier Mosquera

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Anthony Vitone

PARTNER
The Caring Place
http://www.thecaringplacenv.org/

DONORS
Matt Brady
Emily Goodman

SPONSORS
One Luv Agency | http://www.oneluvagency.com
MG Studios | http://mgstudio.com
JR Lighting | http://www.jrlighting.com
Whole Foods | http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lvb
Total Concept | http://thetotalconcept.org
Canon | http://www.canon.com
Casey’s Camera | http://www.caseyscamera.com

SPECIAL THANKS TO SUPPORTERS & VOLUNTEERS
THAT MADE THIS SPECIAL DAY POSSIBLE
Michael Glaskell & Staff
Mike Vitone | The Reel Lab
Whitney Urichuk | One Luv Agency
Haoyuan Ren | Jana Cruder Photography
Stephanie Quinones-Millet | Jana Cruder Photography
Stacey Torma
Javier Mosquera
Anthony Vitone
Joanne Russ
Olivia Black
Erin Barton
Shelby Kelsey
Natalie Lane
Sylvia Martin
Christine Contini
Claire Wigglesworth
Sonya
Kate & Ali Weddell
Emily Weddell
Anna Dabrowski
Terri Norris
Lexi Norris
Michael Gilmartin

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Something to Remember Trailer | 2012

FOUNDER, DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Jana Cruder
http://www.janacruder.com

VIDEO BY The Reel Lab | http://www.thereellab.com
CINEMATOGRAPHER & 1AD
Mike Vitone

CAMERAMAN/EDITOR
Javier Mosquera

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Anthony Vitone

PARTNER
The Caring Place
thecaringplacenv.org/

DONORS
Matt Brady
Emily Goodman

SPONSORS
One Luv Agency | oneluvagency.com
MG Studios | mgstudio.com
JR Lighting | jrlighting.com
Whole Foods | wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/lvb
Total Concept | thetotalconcept.org
Canon | canon.com
Casey’s Camera | caseyscamera.com
SPECIAL THANKS TO SUPPORTERS & VOLUNTEERS
THAT MADE THIS SPECIAL DAY POSSIBLE
Michael Glaskell & Staff
Mike Vitone | The Reel Lab
Whitney Urichuk | One Luv Agency
Haoyuan Ren | Jana Cruder Photography
Stephanie Quinones-Millet | Jana Cruder Photography
Stacey Torma
Javier Mosquera
Anthony Vitone
Joanne Russ
Olivia Black
Erin Barton
Shelby Kelsey
Natalie Lane
Sylvia Martin
Christine Contini
Claire Wigglesworth
Sonya
Kate & Ali Weddell
Emily Weddell
Anna Dabrowski
Terri Norris
Lexi Norris
Michael Gilmartin

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The Wonderful Families from the Something to Remember Event on December 1st

Thank you for all the families that participated in the Something To Remember Event on December 1st.

You are all remarkable people!! 

May you have a lovely holiday and your new years be limitless! 

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BLVDS LV | Something to Remember, Giving the Gift of Memories

 

BLVD LV December/January 2012

Thank you Chris Cutler and Victoria Hart for this beautiful article. 

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LAS VEGAS SUN | Photographer giving families fighting cancer something to remember

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/dec/01/photographer-giving-families-fighting-cancer-somet/

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Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 | 10:01 p.m.

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BRIAN NORDLI

The Buehlers wait to have their photo taken by Jana Cruder on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. From left are Miles, Felix and Shareece.

Felix Buehler put off his scheduled chemotherapy to conserve energy for his family’s first family portrait Saturday.

One year ago he was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. Doctors told him the best he could hope for was that the chemotherapy and surgery would delay the inevitable.

Every day has become a fight to maintain a semblance of normalcy during a chaotic time, and this portrait scored a hit for feeling normal. His wife, Shareece, set up the photo shoot after seeing a flyer offering a free portrait for cancer patients and their families from professional photographer Jana Cruder.

“For me it’s just documenting our family,” Shareece Buehler said. “Despite what he’s fighting, this is still our family. I’m so excited that we get to document it, and he’s healthy enough to do it. This could have been very different.”

The Buehlers were one of 18 families battling cancer that signed up for Cruder’s “Something To Remember” charity event on Saturday. Families were treated to free styling from makeup artists and hairstylists, snacks and a professional portrait.

“Today a lot of people are really proud to be here,” Cruder said. “They’re surviving; they’re fighting, they’re really using this as opportunity to say, ‘Hey, I look good, feel good, and I am proud to be living with cancer.’”

Cruder began “Something to Remember” in 2010, after her mother passed away from breast cancer. She decided she wanted to give back to the cancer community, but she wanted to do something more immediate than making a donation.

That’s when she noticed how few photos she had of her mom as her cancer progressed. Cruder decided she could put her photography skills to use to make sure other families didn’t face the same issue.

“As I put together video, I saw this very obvious regression of family portraits and images in general,” Cruder said. “For me, the most important thing when a loved one passes, especially after having cancer so long, is what you have left behind.”

This is the second year the Los Angeles-based photographer has held the event in Las Vegas. Each event is reliant on donations to pay for the food and location. Cruder said the best part is knowing she gave a family a lasting memory they will always be able to look back on fondly.

“There was a mother and daughter here (earlier), and (the mother) had stage-four thyroid cancer,” Cruder said. “Just watching her daughter look at her, it’s like … that’s going to be something, if her mother passes, that will mean so much to her.”

The Buehlers arrived, along with their 6-year-old son, Miles, dressed in white button-down dress shirts, unsure of what to expect. Felix Buehler said he worried it was going to be “cheesy,” but his fears disappeared as Cruder began taking their photos.

It was more than just a one-shot, assembly-line producing portraits. Cruder directed them through different poses, from looking at each other, to kissing, to dressing up in top hats, giant glasses and holding a blow-up microphone. Each pose brought out the goofiness and love they held for each other.

Along with the black-and-white photo of all three of them looking forward and smiling, the Buehler’s took home a disc of all the images Cruder shot.

“It was more than what I thought it would be. It made us feel special,” Shareece Buehler said of the day. “I don’t even know the right word to describe it, you just feel special.”

 

BEHIND THE SCENES – DECEMBER 1st 2012

  

 

  

 

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Jana Cruder Photography & The Caring Place presents “Give them Something to Remember for the Holidays!”

Jana Cruder Photography & The Caring Place presents - Give them Something to Remember for the Holidays!

“What a magnificent day of giving back. Thank you to all my volunteers, donors, sponsors and most of all the families that participated” — Jana Cruder

The Favela family

Felix, Shareece & Miles 

Marcy & Cecilia

The Andersons

 

 

 

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Listen to a few stories from the remarkable families of the “Something to Remember” portrait donation day in Las Vegas.

On Dec 4th 20120, 25 volunteers gathered for a long day of giving back. Over 21 Las Vegas families were given a professional portrait session with photographer Jana Cruder. The project was called “Something to Remember”. A family portrait donation day for cancer patients and their families. Here are a few of their stories. 

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE WONDERFUL FAMILIES: 
Maura & Mark Bivens 
Orestes & Angelica Escalante 
Jody & Janice Baker 
Brigitte, Mega & Dallin Soucy 
Lynn & Amanda Vertner

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Something to Remember Cause Page

Check out our Something to Remember Cause Page! http://www.causes.com/causes/786817-something-to-remember

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In Memory of Dennis Soucy

Almost one year to the date after our first Something to Remember event in Las Vegas, NV.  I received this text message from Coleen Soucy, the wife of Dennis Soucy.  She wanted me to know that Dennis had passed from brain cancer and that the photos from our event were the last ones taken.  This gave me chills, and re-affirmed to me the importance of this project in helping others.  That night, I called my studio manager and we overtightened 2 – 20×24 ready to display prints to the Soucy residence so they could have images for his memorial service and it would be one less thing to worry about preparing.  This is a screen grab, shared with permission of Coleen Soucy.  My heart goes out to the Soucy family as they heal from their loss.

STR Testamonial

STR Testamonial

Dennis Soucy and his son from our STR event in 2010

Dennis Soucy and his son from our STR event in 2010

Soucy Family portrait at Something to Remember by Jana Cruder

Soucy Family portrait at Something to Remember by Jana Cruder

Soucy Family Something to Remember event 2012

Soucy Family Something to Remember event 2012

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