Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

Out of the Nest October 1, 2013

Time is changing for this family of six, as their oldest son, Mark is leaving the family nest. Mark is off to Zambia, Africa to serve a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mom, contacted me as she knew the importance of capturing a family portrait during this milestone. Family dynamics may never be the same again. Her two older sons, may not see each other for several years. As it won’t be too long before the 2nd child will leave, then the third, and luckily for them, they will have a few more years to spend with their youngest!
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I have never had a request before for an awkward family portrait! Did I really want my name attached to something that could make me look like I don’t know what I’m doing?! First thing that comes to my mind, is someone that might have wet their pants, dressed up in matching orange and brown plaid polyester outfits, or really Big Hair.

Sean, was the one that had this idea of an awkward family photo, but he couldn’t think of anything that didn’t involved not being modest. He thought of someone not wearing pants, but he had no volunteers! Quiet Dad, had an idea at the last moment when he pulled out his glasses, and had executed the idea into a reality, with my name attached! I’m up to doing this for any family, who wants to have a lot of fun!
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The family dog, was included, as well as near the end of the session, each child, was given the opportunity to have a few portraits taken of them, with an item that represented their individuality!

Dad and Daughter, spend a little time together, and while I was editing the kiss to her father, I couldn’t help but have tears roll down my cheeks! I don’t do this very often, but I could feel the emotion of their bond, and I had a cry for dad’s sake. As dad was showing me his connection…as it won’t be too much longer, before he may have to step aside to let another love into her life.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your evening, and preserving time for generations to come!

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What is your signature? February 22, 2013

What is the one thing that each one of us has, that shows our signature?

In every culture around the globe, we all have this to offer, in one way or another. In some countries, if you don’t have the popular signature, a bag may be placed over it, to hide it, and you are cast out, because you don’t fit in! As a professional photographer, I recently joined the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). PPA is a non-profit international association and has existed since 1869. Why did I join? I am friends in a social media site with one of the directors for ppacharities, David Grupa, who is very respectful, and gives great encouragement to new photographers, he was promoting this campagain, and encouraged many to join in a great cause. As a children photographer in Calgary, Alberta, I felt strongly to support this great cause, to help restore those that have lost their signature, their smile!!

Since 2005, PPA charities, has teamed up with Operation Smile! The goal: to raise $100,000 to help provide as many cleft lip, cleft palate, and facial deformities surgeries as possible. How much are the surgeries? $240.

How is this to be done? As Professional Photographers, that is our goal each day to capture signatures, your stories and your personalites!
We agree to: donate our time, and our costs, to provide you with a mini portrait session & a desk size print or a facebook image.
We ask you to help us, with YOUR donation of $24. You really are the ones that help us, in restoring their smiles, as we can’t do this without you!!
Our goal, then is to try to book at least 10 photography sessions, which would cover the cost of 1 surgery. 100% of your donation goes directly to the cost of the surgeries!

Can I count on your support? I am so far, the only Canadian photographer, that has taken this step to join those in the US, for this great cause of “Celebration of Smiles”. My Sessions will run on April 5 & April 6. Contact Information, can be found on my website: If you are in the US, and would like to participate please find a participating studio near you. Please watch this video by Operation Smile, and perhaps you will also feel moved to changed someone’s signature for the better! Christina

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LOVE! February 21, 2013

LOVE!

Thank you for sharing your love with me during this past Valentine’s Day! Three of the children, that are shown in these portraits, are heart children. These three have had some BIG time complicated open heart surgeries. One of these children, is waiting for a heart transplant! 12 years ago, having my own heart child, that had open heart surgery at just 6 weeks of age, I can relate to these moms, and each of these children, what a great pleasure to bring out their personalities!

One of my darling friends, is post 25 years, since her heart transplant. She taught me years ago, that having a heart condition, not everyone realizes that it can take so much energy to do the daily tasks. She would sometimes encounter strangers that would mock her when she used a motorized wheelchair that was available to be used in a big store, like Costco or Wal-mart. These strangers, felt that she might be abusing the opportunity for someone else to use the device, who might of been more sicker than her. What a good reminder to me, that we shouldn’t judge, and we should look to the good in others!

“Be proud, of your scars”…it shows what these children have endured, and their strength to overcome,and these scars or in many cases known as “Zippers” to our heart children, represent so much more than the surgeries they have come through. It represents our tears, our worries, our prayers, the many doctor and specialist appointments, the many people that come and go in and out of our lives, the nurses, the echogram technologists, social workers, and of course, our hope for them to live a fulfilled life, as long as they can! In the words, of one of my favourite songs, by Mindy Gledhill, “All About Your Heart“…and was actually written for Stephanie Nielson, of the nie nie dialogues, who survived a fiery plane crash.

“Oh, I’ve loved you from the start
In every single way
And more each passing day
You are brighter than the stars
Believe me when I say
It’s not about your scars
It’s all about your heart”

Christina

 

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

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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: http://www.christinaparkerphotography.com/?page/77605/contact-us 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: http://www.christinaparkerphotography.com/?page/77605/contact-us

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

 

Cancer Awareness November 13, 2012

Ladies are You supporting, your men in the month of “Movember”?  So, it may be a little hairy this month, but it’s becoming to be a wonderful awareness in that men do suffer from a type of cancer, that women can’t,  as they do not have a prostate.  That was always a trick question on the anatomy exam…to see if you really were paying attention!

Here are some facts:

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian men (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer). In 2012:

  • An estimated 26,500 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 4,000 will die of it.
  • On average, 73 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day.
  • On average, 11 Canadian men will die of prostate cancer every day.

Probability of developing or dying from prostate cancer

One in 7 men will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime and one in 28 will die of it.

This fall season, the football players have adorn themselves in the colour of pink shoes, in honor of breast cancer, that mostly effects women and a few men, too!

Let us do our part, and support the cause  &  we could always not shave our legs?!!   

Christina

 

What colour will be the new trend? October 23, 2012

I woke up this morning to 10 cm of fresh white snow, and it’s only 1 week before Halloween.  The joy of living in Canada, near the mountains, where one needs to have your Halloween costume fit over your snow suit!   Already hoping that winter is over, when it hasn’t already even hit, has made me look forward to the Spring 2013 colours!

In 2012, the colour of the year was Tangerine, in 2011 it was honeysuckle.   Who’s the trend setter of colour?

Have you heard of Pantone?  Pantone is a subsidiary of X-Rite, which is the global leader in colour science, and technology.   Pantone is the source for colour, over 2,100 new colours have been created, which determines what colours will be in fashion for clothing, home decor to even paint!  I often would look to Pantone, when I was designing jewelry, so I would know what were the new fashion colours, to match with the semi precious stones I would use in creating.  Now, I look to Pantone, to see what colours are going to affect my photography props, and to recommend different colour palates for what to wear, accessorize, accent colours.

The predicament is that the “Monaco Blue” will be 2013 new colour trend…or perhaps “Poppy Red”…  We still have grey tones, which will look stunning with these two colours.    See the new colours for women for Spring 2013  and for Men for Spring 2013

Here is a great example for a  Monaco Blue and Poppy Red wedding

Scroll down in this link, to view colour palettes that go well together!  I can’t wait to see the new colours, that will be out soon in our fashion, home decor, and paint!  Christina

 

Looking for some sweetness October 18, 2012

Do you have a girl, that is between the ages of 2 to 6?  Does she like to dress up, and were pretties in her hair?  Looking for models for an upcoming model session, that have the following colours in their wardrobe, either: red, grey, white, black, or pink.   Even if your child is shy, that can work too!  Model releases must be signed.  This is a complimentary session, in return, you will receive a print credit for your time that can be applied to a print or prints, or a product.  Please comment here, or private message me through my contact at www.christinaparkerphotography.com, or through facebook, “Christina Parker Photography” small business in Calgary,  Alberta.