Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

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

Celebration of Smiles for webpage

 

Morning Dew, Day 51, 365 Photo Project, ~June 18, 2011 June 18, 2011

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.  For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”  ~Kahlil Gibran
  

Awake at 6, out the door by 6:30, and taking pictures by 7:00 am, to be able to capture the morning dew off this snake grass.  So, glad it wasn’t raining!  I have fallen in love with macro photography.  I have been doing it quite some time, with close up jewelry shots, but with close up nature, I find I can put my skills to use.    I used my 100mm canon 2.8L lens, as well as an 36 mm extension tube.  Oh what fun!  Although, later today, I dropped my camera! Good thing, for filters!  The filter broke, the lens seems to be okay.  The camera is gone for a few days, so they can properly remove the fitler ring. So until I get it back, I will post a few pictures of today’s field trip, for the next couple of days!  Christina

 

Haiti January 15, 2010

Filed under: International Events — precioussadies @ 7:11 am

One of my personal interests has always been with preparedness.  I think a lot of people don’t realize that even where ever you live, you could be in a state of emergency and how long it could take for help to arrive.  On average it takes at least 3 days, and about 2 weeks, to get things up and going.  One of the most often things, a lot of us take for granted, is the philisophy that it won’t happen to me, and so we do little to prepare ourselves for it.

Now with the recent earthquake in Haiti, I’m interested in watching the news to hear updates with how they are going in and organizing this major catatrophe that this earthquake has done.  It will be quite a process, I have tons of questions reeling in my head of what they will do next.  Can’t at least one reporter in their crisp clothes, have the people write their names down, and air it to their loved ones.  Even, as gruelsome, as it is, can’t they take a headshot of the dead, to help identify later and record the number of lost lives.  Where will they put all that concrete?  How does one make it sanitary for them? How to calm the storm, when there is so much need! How do you feed/change that 15 day old baby, that lost it’s mother, when there is no food, or clean water.   My heart goes out to all those that have lot their loves ones, and to the many that may still be alive, trapped, and are afraid and waiting for help to arrive, before they perish.   It is amazing to see the different countries pulling together to come and help at such a time of need.   To hear of the outpouring of funds from people to help pay for everything.   It is unfortunate that Haiti lies on a fault line, and is such a poor country, but it gives us a chance to not be materialistic and look to uplift those and give them greater hope! God Bless!    Christina

 

Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth June 16, 2009

 

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 The greatest outdoor show on earth, is about to embark once again on July 3-12, the Calgary Stampede!   My first exposure to the competition of the stampede was shortly after I was married and entered my original cross stitch designs into the exhibition, anyone can enter no matter where you live!  

Oh no, I just discovered that you can now enter online, and the deadline is June 19, 2009!  !  You  have to had created the craft within the last 12 months, and there is only a limit of 2 entries per person, and each must be in their own grouping.  It’s even open to all ages! Just check out the western showcase, creative arts & crafts:  and now there is a division and class for jewelry, too!http://www.westernshowcase.com/registration.html

Yikes!! You know what this means, I got to get busy, perhaps, I will create one of my original semi precious/silver belt buckle in….but I have to create it, first…and it only gives me 3 days to decide!!

Some years, though, I could give it up and escape the hussle and bussle, and other years tradition remains, the vendors of the gadgets get a bit of my pocket money.   As a child, at the end of the school year, I was more excited to get my free entry ticket that was in my report card envelope (than the actual report card)  to the CNE (the Canadian National Exhibition) or known as “the ex”, http://www.theex.com   Do you have an opinion, do you like these exhibitions or would rather leave town?  Fill out the poll below!  Yahoo! Christina  www.precioussadies.com