Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

It’s “Box”ing Week! It’s Hip to Be Squared!! GiveAWAY December 28, 2012

Boxing Day was on Dec 26, in Canada. It’s an offical holiday, that has roots dating back to the 1600’s, as servants were given the day off work to visit their families. Their masters, would give them boxes, filled with gifts, money, and sometimes left over food as they departed the day after Christmas. As a teenager, I always longed for some extra cash, to get to the mall to buy my bargain. The US, I think is smarter to have their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales before Christmas. Boxing Day sales, now extend into the week, and aren’t nearly as hectic as they once were…and dreadfully cold this week in Calgary, at -30C to be camping out all week.

What was the best thing that you received in a box, this past week? Did you get your favourite UGLY sweater??

I asked some of you, what your favourite items were that came in boxes, standard answers: #1 CHOCOLATE!! 2# JEWELRY!! Well this could be your lucky chance!
10x10 vivian trimling custom Cole

SO, for this GIVEAWAY

I am offering a COMPLIMENTARY “It’s HIP to Be SQUARED” 30-45 min photography portrait session to Alberta residents (must come to the home studio in Calgary) No travel expenses are included. With this grand prize, you will also be receiving a 8×8 storyboard, that will come in a black 12″ parisian frame, as shown below. Valued at 500+. Additional prints may be purchased.


Additional prizes will be added to give away for each “like” I get towards my facebook photography page.
I’m the small business, not the same name of mine, photographer who lives in Texas.

Here is a hint of another prize that can be won… a box of yummy lindt milk chocolates, that fit perfectly in their boxes!Box of chocolate

One entry allowed per day, and must be over 18 to enter either Canadian or USA citizen or permanent resident. I may not be able to grant you the photo session, if you aren’t from Alberta, but I will send some chocolates or jewelry you way!
HOW TO ENTER, choose any of the following, do all will gain you more entries:
#1. POST a Picture of YOUR FAVOURITE Gift or something that is squared or came in a box on my facebook page or in the comments on the blog, do this every day, will gain you a entry every day!!
#2. LIKED MY FACEBOOK PAGE (already liked it, you’re automatically entered!)
#3. TELL A FRIEND, post who you told
#4. Friend, post a picture, likes the page, repeat cycle!
#5. Nominatee someone for the Olivia Act (refer to previous post).

YOU CAN POST a picture every day!! Just once though. GIVEAWAY ENDS SUNDAY Night Jan 13, 11:59 pm. Winners will be announced Jan 14! You may book a Special Promotion Pricing for “It’s Hip to Be Squared” session through Thank you, Christina


The Olivia Act -Calgary, Alberta, Canda. December 19, 2012

olivia act

Specializing in Children Photography, I was touched when I read of this tribute that a Texas photography, who decided to “give back” in her way of showing her support to the recent Newtown, Conn. massacre. She has a child named Olivia, the same name of one of the young victims, and she created the challenge “The Olivia Act” as many photograpers also decided they wanted to join up for the same cause. when they discovered what she was doing.

Her offer was to offer a free 30 min. family session with 5 digitial files, to a family that might not otherwise have images made.

We all know of the recent events that have been broadcasted Internationally. We all have been affected one way or another, even when we aren’t from the area, but realize it really could happen to anyone of us, none of us are immuned. In Newtown, Conn. at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec 14, 2012; 20 children where killed, as well as 6 adults. Many tears have been shed every day, since last Friday, with many of our younger children (not knowing any of the details). One of the children that was a victim was “Olivia Engel”. Her family, had recently had their family pictures taken. I’m sure they feel it’s such a treasure, to have these recent portraits of their daughter Olivia. It rings true to my heart of my own motto “Preserving Time for Generations to Come”. …or in this case, in a few weeks to come.

I have joined the ranks, with the original photographer from Texas and many many more… who has given all of us professional photographers, a place to reflect, and lift a need of another. There are many organizations in the world of photography, that do the same, such as “Now I lay me down to Sleep” for children that die prior or shortly after birth. It doesn’t necessary have to be right now, or even to honor to those that suffered in Newtown, but I think it helps many of us to heal, to reflect on the good that we have to offer and to the lasting effect that the gift of photography can bring.

I’m not posting this to help drive my business for more attention, I like my work load as is.
I like to give in many ways, did you know… a free baby session, for 1st time parents only!
I like giveaways, more will be posted soon for some fun times ahead!

So, I’m participating in the “The Olivia Act”. I’ve matching, the same offer, as what the original photograper decided on….1 FREE 30 minute session, 5, 8×12 or under mounted prints, to a family that might not otherwise have images printed or made. VALUED at $450!

Please nominate a family, by contacting me, through my website link: Message “Olivia Act” and leave your details. Deadline has been extended to June 30th for all nominations. Nominaee will be contacted by phone or email, local residents of Calgary only. It is non transferable. 30 Min session, will take place in summer ofy 2013, and will be either be taken in my home studio or in special circumstances, could be taken elsewhere, ie. hospital.

Please leave your comments, of why your chosen family should be nominated on my blog or on my contact us page through my website with their contact information:

The Nominee will be contacted via email or phone call. Please do not post their information in the comments, respect their information.

As we know this can mean so much to a family because you never know what tomorrow will bring! Thank you, Christina


What is Hoar frost? December 6, 2012

On the 2nd day of December…mother nature sent to me, “a hoarfrost and snowy evergreen trees”


Welcome to the land of the Great White North, also known as Canada! It really doesn’t snow all year long, and we don’t live in igloos! Only since, living in Calgary, Alberta, which is about 1 hour drive from the famous town of Banff which is nestled in the mountains, have I discover experiencing a hoar frost. Taken from Wikipedia, the definition is “refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air. A related effect is flood frost which occurs when air cooled by ground-level radiation losses travels downhill to form pockets of very cold air in depressions, valleys, and hollows. Hoar frost can form in these areas even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing. Nonetheless the frost itself will be at or below the freezing temperature of water.”

It really feels like you have just landed in Narnia! A hoar frost is stunning beautiful, every tree and bush is lined with ice crystals! It usually doesn’t last for too many days, and if you are really lucky you get a dump of snow, that then sticks to the landscape, making it even more breath taking.

On Sunday, I was determined to go out for a walk, to take a picture, as I already missed last weeks opportunity, and was so thrilled that a hoar frost had returned! I dressed up in my layers, as it was -10 Celcius (without the wind chill) and took this landscape just a block around from my home. Brrr…time to warm up, get the crackling fire roaring, and pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate. Christina


December Journey December 5, 2012

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Do you remember, anxiously waiting for the first of December? Each of my children, anxiously plea for their own special advent calendars before the 1st of the month. Cheap chocolate that can be found in skinny boxes, that have pictures of Santa and his elves, with numbers scattered all across the box.  It was a challenge just to find the right number, and then you would open one up each day of the week, to reveal the hidden goodie, of usually a chocolate in shape of a wreath, bell, or a stocking!   Advent calendars have gotten deluxe over the years, now you can buy them to reveal lego pieces, that will build a scene!  This month, I am going to be doing a photography journey through the month of December of anything that might catch my eye, that day.  You may even be able to recite, my made up verse,  that relates to December, or Christmas, with on the 1st day of Christmas, by true love send to me.

On the 1st Day of December,   a client shared with me, her little man, who I dressed in green”…..and I totally forgot, that grandma is Irish, and of course, loves the colour of this one!

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