All 4 Kids-Children's Bureau {Los Angeles Community Photographer}

I had the incredible opportunity to spend a day at Children's Bureau shooting pictures for their website, print marketing and promotional materials.

For those of you who have never heard of the organization, you must know that it's been around for over 100 years and has been a key founder of both the United Way and the USC School of Social Work.

Their mission and vision are to protect vulnerable children from child abuse and neglect by helping to build strong families. 

Their beautiful three acre site near downtown Los Angeles serves as their headquarters, as well asa resource center for the community.  There are classrooms for babies and toddlers with an outdoor play area.  The space is huge, filled with light and very busy!  They aim to serve all of the 35,000 children and youth within 500 blocks of their Magnolia Place facility and be a national model for other organizations to follow suit.

One great advantage of spending so much time in one place is getting to know the teachers, parents, children and staff.  And I can tell you that being a pre-school teacher is probably the most important, but most difficult job there is.  Maybe more difficult than nurse or a doctor!  The patience level is incredible and the ability to get down low on the ground or in a small chair all day is impressive!

Part of the shoot incorporated some promotional set ups for the Bureau's upcoming "Blue Tie Gala" which is their first annual fundraiser that will greatly benefit all the programs and outreach that this organization does to prevent child abuse.  President and CEO Alex Morales is retiring after 30 years of service and he will be the honoree of the gala which will be held on Saturday, November 4th at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica.

I can't wait to come back and visit some of my favorite babies and toddlers.  Please don't grow up too fast!