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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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

 

Have you entered today? “It’s Hip to Be Squared Grand Giveaway & Giveaways” January 8, 2013

Have you put your vote in for today? The Giveaways are increasing!!

Click on the link, and wait past the advertisement, and don’t forget to scroll down, as there are multiple entries for more chances to win! :
https://www.promosimple.com/giveaways/1262/2651-it-s-hip-to-be-squared-grand-giveaway

Choose ANY of the following, do all will gain you more entries:
#1. POST a Picture of YOUR FAVOURITE Gift or POST 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!)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christina-Parker-Photography/359992540679244?ref=hl
#3. TELL A FRIEND, post who you told or Tweet @cparkerphoto
#4. Friend, post a picture, likes the page, repeat cycle!
#5. Nominatee someone for the Olivia Act (for a free gift of photography, complimentary session with 5,8×10 to a family that could not afford it, this is to honor the Conn. children that past away in December).
#6. A past client? Please, leave a testimonial with your willingness for Christina to publish it online, through her contact page, or email.

YOU CAN POST a picture or tell me every day of what you love this past season, that came in a box. Grand GIVEAWAY & Giveaways 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 http://www.christinaparkerphotography.com

Each NEW like on Facebook, adds a New Giveaway to be won!!

Giveaway #13 Hip to be squared photo session, with photo coasters
coasters

Giveaway #12 “Shh..don’t tell Tiffany” Peace necklace
Peace necklace

GiveAway #11 Sterling SIlver Ring, with vermeil Flower Size 7
ring flower

GiveAway #10
Onyx Sterling Silver Ring Size 7
onyx ring

GiveAway #9 “Shh..don’t tell Tiffany” bracelet
bracelet

Giveaway #8 More Chocolate!
choc orange</a

Giveaway #7 "Sterling Silver Ring, Multi-interchangeable Size 7"
ring box

Giveaway #6 “Shh…don’t tell Tiffany” cuff bracelet
bangle

Giveaway #5″Shh..don’t tell Tiffany” Peace necklace
Peace necklace

Giveaways #4 “Shh..don’t tell Tiffany” Flower necklace”
flower pendant

Give Away #3 (who ever wins, giveaway #2 will also win giveaway 3, It’s a double whammy!)
scentsy bar

GIVEAWAY #2
sand dollar Scentsy PlugThe prize to be won, is a Scentsy Sand Dollar plug in!

GIVEAWAY #1
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

GRAND GIVEAWAY
10x10 vivian trimling custom Cole

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 SE) 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 in previous post. Valued at 500+. Additional prints may be purchased. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiEK_dsk4R8

 

Another new like, so I added another giveaway! January 1, 2013

Filed under: Christina Parker Photography,Give Aways,GiveAways,Photography — precioussadies @ 10:49 pm

GIVEAWAY #2
sand dollar Scentsy PlugThe prize to be won, is a Scentsy Sand Dollar plug in!

GIVEAWAY #1
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

GRAND 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

RULES:
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!

https://www.promosimple.com/giveaways/1262/2651-it-s-hip-to-be-squared-grand-giveaway

Choose ANY of the following, do all will gain you more entries:
#1. POST a Picture of YOUR FAVOURITE Gift or POST 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 or Tweet @cparkerphoto
#4. Friend, post a picture, likes the page, repeat cycle!
#5. Nominatee someone for the Olivia Act (refer to previous post).
#6. A past client? Please, leave a testimonial with your willingness for Christina to publish it online, through her contact page, or email.

YOU CAN POST a picture every day!! Just once though. GRAND GIVEAWAY & GIVEAWAYS 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 http://www.christinaparkerphotography.com Thank you, Christina

 

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.

Frame

Additional prizes will be added to give away for each “like” I get towards my facebook photography page.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christina-Parker-Photography/359992540679244?ref=hl
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

RULES:
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 http://www.christinaparkerphotography.com 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”

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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

 

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