Friends, William Petruzzo here. Owner, studio manager, and principal photographer for Petruzzo Photography.

Thank you so much for visiting our website and being interested in the work we do. We understand you may have come here because you are looking for ways to capture and preserve the beautiful moments in your lives: starting a new life with someone you love, families getting bigger and changing, special events, new businesses and personal milestones. We are eager to celebrate all of those things with you and we can’t wait to be there helping you to keep those stories close forever.

But…

It is with a heavy heart I must say, there are more important things right now. At this moment, in every state in our Union, millions of people from all walks of life are putting their lives and livelihoods on the line to stand up against oppression and systemic racism which has been woven into the fabric of our institutions since our founding. On May 24th, 2020, George Floyd became yet another black man in an innumerably long list of black men and women like him, who died unjustly at the hands of authority figures who are sworn to protect and serve them.

in many places across the country, our institutions of justice have failed to protect the rights of the communities around us, and far too often the institutional response to these outcries for justice have been violence against those peacefully making their voices heard. While we of course do not support the blind destruction of property, or violence against anyone, we cannot help but take notice at how embarrassingly far from relevant that is at this moment. Property is not more important than people, ever, and we refuse to accept that the grotesque violence against the overwhelming majority of peaceful protesters is justified by whatever acts of destruction are caused by a handful of people among them.

Our friends, neighbors and families, many of whom have invited us to photograph their special moments in life, are hurting, mourning and grieving right now, and we cannot simply go about our business pretending this is someone else’s problem.

There is a link at the bottom of this page to continue to our site, if that’s what you wish to do. But we’re asking right now that you take pause. Instead of spending your money on a portrait session or headshot right now, please consider sending that money to the bail fund or the ACLU at the links below. The bail fund will split your contribution evenly across similar organizations nationwide, and if you are unable to join protests in person, at the moment this is one of the most direct ways you can contribute to building real justice in our society. Additionally, in the coming weeks, months and years, the ACLU will prove critical in defending men and women’s exercise of their constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Although a superficial kind of peace may emerge, that will not mean we have solved the problem, and the good people behind these organizations will be continuing to work on behalf of oppressed people nationwide. Please consider making your contributions to these organizations reoccurring.

Thank you for reading this. Black. Lives. Matter.