Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

Do I or do I not.. September 17, 2014

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As a administrator of a facebook group for Calgary Photographers & area, I oversee this site that many sell to each other, of their unwanted prop items, mostly geared to baby photographers. On Sept 9, a photographer put it out there, that there was a need for a professional photographer for a charity event, that was happening on Sept 15. Hmmm…I waited for a bit, to see if there were others wanting to bite at this opportunity. It was a no go, ..I followed the link, and read about their cause.

It was a golf charity presented by Bowen, called the 14th annual Scott Smed Invitational! Whoa…that sounded pretty important! How did it get started?! Well, the parents of Scott, are Shannon Bowen-Smed and Peter Smed. Due to unfortunate circumstances in May of 2001, when Shannon was 7 months pregnant, she found herself sharing a room, and having to deliver their son, Scott that would not live. The hospital did not have the facilities to provide the kind of private and personal care, that they needed during this difficult time. Their experience made them want to reach out and change things to help parents who would also have to go through a similar experience, by creating private rooms and therefore the Scott Smed Foundation was created in September, 2001. Why golf? They had a golf tournament the year before, when they were married, and made a committed to carry on the tournament in the name of charity. It’s not only just about Scott anymore, but for every family, and every child that is lost, and in making a grandeur difference in the city of Calgary.

I am a child photographer and one that participates in small charities, that I have sought out or have created. I was the 1st of only two Canadian Professional Photographers, that participated in Operation Smile with the PP of America in 2013. I had Monday, Sept 15, entirely free…a rarity! I sent my email to Melissa. She was thrilled! My heart was sealed to this cause that helps children and families.

Monday, Sept 15, 2014, marked the 14th annual Scott Smed Invitational, that would raise money to support three great causes that make a vital difference in the city of Calgary community!
1) Community Kitchen Program of Calgary
2) KidsSport Calgary
3) Pregnancy and Infant Loss Programs.

This event was held on the most gorgeous day that we have had this summer (I’m sure Scott Smed had a huge part in this) at the Cottonwood Golf and Country Club. The mist from the Bow river quickly burned off, no wind, and the sun was shining!

The blue bears were welcoming all the fabulous sponsors that were ready to take a ride!  The golfers registered,  bought their mulligans and prize draws, caught breakfast at the clubhouse, and warmed up their skills on the driving range! A warm inviting welcome from Shannon and Peter, had the 36 teams of golfers of to start a Texas Scramble.

Since, I have never been in a golf cart, nor on a 18 hole golf course (only mini golf) I opt for Elacy to drive me around.  Good thing, she did or I would of never had tasted the Brisket Slider from Big T’s! Or that happy donut, from down at the Farmer’s Market! Best donut ever…move over Tim Horton’s!!  All golfers were smiling, even those that didn’t see me photographing them, as they searched for their balls in bunkers and ponds!

JaguarCalgary had dropped by a red Ferrari for golfers to be distracted by!  With a chance to win a  weekend rental, depending how close you got to a hole!   Organizational sponsors, food sponsors were only some of the things we had in store for the day!   I felt official, minus the press release tag, that I might have had to be on the sidelines with a big 70-200mm zoom lense without touching the greens!

It was high noon sun, a dreadful condition most photographers would scream at and run under shade.  I took it in full stride.  Most golfers were wearing sunglasses and hats, so I didn’t worry about them having to squint looking directly into the sun.  My camera was the canon mark5D iii, with 85mm 1.2L lense.  I moved my shutter into silent mode, so it was barely a soft click, to not disturb them.  It did slow my frames per second down to have it on that setting, but I got great images, without feeling the need to rush!

Once the golfers came back in, tallies were recorded, cocktails were served, and a live band, Sandy D’acey and friends played along to entertained, silent bids could be offered.  Mc’s Bille Jo from Kiss radio 95.9 and Christina Rowsell radio host, got the sponsors donating to help feed the hungry.  I was glad that I was sitting at the volunteer table, even though I did get a lot of food throughout the day, we could eat first.   Steak, with roasted potatoes & beans, and 4 types of salads.   Our mc’s had some guests giving cash donations, to help them jump the line for their turn for their dinner plate! It was all for a very good cause!  $25 can go a long way in feeding much needed meals for the Community Kitchen.   A great memorable thank you’s from Shannon & Peter, a silent auctions, as well as a chocolate bar.   The chocolate bar, consisted of 4 chocolates in box from Jacek chocolates.  The ticket price for a box was $100!!!  with a chance to win a west jet ticket to anywhere they fly too, …but the catch…there is only 1 Box that has 4 silver “coins” or “Wrappers” and no one can open their boxes, until all that want to buy would buy.   At the last minute, West Jet, threw in tickets to Hawaii (as that is coming available to fly soon).   When they started opening the boxes…over to the one table…where Joey Klassen, Senior Executive of Joey’s Restaurants…had already was eating his silver wrapped chocolates…and he won! His first comment was…he will probably use it to fly to Kelowna, but he better ask his wife.    There were other highlights of the night, but you just had to be there!

The hard working Bowen volunteers never seemed to stop working for long.  It was a great day, for 3 great causes! I am so glad, that I had the day available, that the weather was perfect, and that I was able to participate and photograph this event.

Save the date for Sept 14, 2015, for the 15th year, and the last annual Scott Smed Invitational, as they move forward into a different direction, in the years to come!

So, glad I took the opportunity to say, I DO  have time on Sept 15, to volunteer my services.  This was a wonderful opportunity for me to participate in, to rub shoulders with some giants in the corporate world, and to make new friends.  I found it interesting to see how these big corporation charity events function. Although, I would really have to be behind the scenes to see it all come together and to see how they come together.  In my small efforts, i do enjoy being a charitable photographer, with the heart beats group at Children’s hospital each Valentine’s Day, to SOS Ukraine, to Operation Smile…and another one will be launching soon! One day, I too..hope that I can make a BIGGER difference through being a philanthropy photographer.

Thank you, Christina   http://www.christinaparkerphotography.com

 

Boston Bucket List Trip Part A May 4, 2013

Filed under: What I am up to! — precioussadies @ 12:32 am

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Yes, we were there, for the #117 Boston Marathon 2013, for my husband to race his ultimate dream of fulfilling his bucket list goal of a lifetime. He is a marathon runner, who only runs marathons on Saturdays, and it can be difficult to find a marathon that isn’t on Sundays. Boston, is always held on Patriot Day, a holiday Monday, exclusive to Massachusetts. We came in a few days earlier to relax and take in the sites. He stayed behind to save his energy for race day, as I went about exploring Boston and Cambridge areas.

A bit of an oxymoron, I did ask the Italian tour guide, how safe it was to walk around the downtown core, he assured me it was, and even safer where we were, across the river of Boston, in Cambridge. “If I thought the Boston police were tough, I hadn’t seen the side of the Cambridge police, as they had the responsibility of protecting Harvard and MIT.”. I did indeed feel safe walking around and there were many tourist doing the same.

Saturday April 13, 2013, I spent the day and evening hours exploring the sites of this historical city. “The HideOut” I found many stores and restaurants, that were just like this, hiding out in the basement of the complex, every square inched used! I love the old buildings mixed in with the new, and some areas, have been there longer than any of us!

Love the old graveyards to visit, with Ben Franklin, “Mother Goose’ that wrote the nursery rhymes, Samuel Adams, one of the founding fathers, to the Night Rider, Paul Revere. Old Town Boston, also known as “Little Italy” is crammed full off long lines waiting for customers to taste the traditional italian food or desserts! I stopped in Modern Pastry, and had a delicious nougat caramel bar and a Neopolitan. I stopped a couple coming out of Mike’s Pastry, she had a red velvet cupcake and he had a chocolate chip canneloni, there is only so much I can burn off in calories in my walking around Boston, even though I would have loved to try them all!

The cobblestone streets, and amazing I didn’t trip with camera around my neck, it happens more often locally, and the public alley signs, made me laugh, as at first, I thought it was telling me, it was a “public alley”…but then I realized, each alley, is public and numbered, they keep track of them! Boston skyline at night, looking over from where we were staying in Cambridge, that’s part 2 adventure! Christina http://www.christinaparkerphotography.com

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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

Celebration of Smiles for webpage

 

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

GiveAway #11 Sterling SIlver Ring, with vermeil Flower Size 7
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GiveAway #10
Onyx Sterling Silver Ring Size 7
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GiveAway #9 “Shh..don’t tell Tiffany” bracelet
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Giveaway #8 More Chocolate!
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Giveaway #7 "Sterling Silver Ring, Multi-interchangeable Size 7"
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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
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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

 

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!
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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

 

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

 

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