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

 

Model Search Vintage Pedal Car Picture Photo Session February 14, 2012

Well I’m back from Vegas!  I met people from all over the world! It is the most grandest, biggest photography convention show of about 16,000 attendees!  Lots of advice, and training from the pros, which leaves me a lot of work to do!  Model Search in Calgary, Alberta.  Looking for boys ages 1-4 years. Please share your story, of why your model should have his picture taken in this vintage pedal car! 

Deadline is March 15,  2012! Hoping for better weather! Photo session may take place inside at my studio location or outside (weather depended) in Calgary, Alberta.

Come “like” me on Facebook, at “Christina Parker Photography” or here on this blog “Precious Sadie’s”.   Please comment, and pass on the word by having your friends  tell me they were sent by you, they can help qualify you for more chances to be picked!  In return, you will receive a photo credit towards the print size of your choice.

Thank you, Christina

PS…In my spare time, between motherhood duties, I will be working on my website, “Christina Parker Photography”, so please stay tuned.

 

What Colour are You? February 8, 2012

Have you ever heard of the colour code personality test? I did the test about 18 years ago, from the book, “The Color Code” (us Canadian spell colour with a u!).   It’s based on 4 colours that determine your type of personality, and you can have a combination of each colour in you, but one usually is more dominant than the others. The colours are RED: type A personalities, leaders, grab life by the horns, and take charge!  BLUE: loyal people, tendency to hold grudges, love to give service and nurturer.  WHITE:  don’t like confrontations, are peaceful, quiet, internal thoughts, good listeners, and YELLOW:  fun, partiers,  no rules, Free, no consequences.   

Anyways, I took the test years ago, my results were a bit more white, then blue, some yellow, and 1% red.  So mostly white and some blue make up my traits.  One of the traits, did not mention that comes with a white personality is having a hard time making decisions!  One of my best friends, also scored a “white” for this personality test.  We often joke about our indecisiveness when it comes to making decisions, by saying “We are so white”, even though we are caucasian and do live in Canada, we truly are white!   Someone once told me it’s a sign of a perfectionist, not making decisions, as you are afraid, that you will make the wrong choice. I’m not a perfectionist, if I was, my house would be constantly clean and in perfect order…and I wouldnt never be able to leave the house, as I might not be good enough, for others to see.  Oh well, what you see, is what you get, and I’m happy the way I am!  I’m not making any excuses! I love the way I am, and happy to make the most of what I want to do!  Yesterday morning,  I spent my time de-junking my closet and organizing it, what a chore! I guess if I kept on top of my home, then it wouldn’t take as long to do it, or would it?  What else would I do with my time?

I’m do expect being a perfectionist only when I sell something I make, as it’s a reflection of me. Recently, I just read and learned, deciding on choices, is not about making the wrong choice, but realizing you’re going to be missing out, when you can’t have both! That, I totally agree with…it’s like eyeing your friend’s meal, as it looks even more tasty than the one you just ordered! Don’t we all seem to do that…and then try to nudge off a friendly taste on our behalf, just so we know we haven’t missed out entirely!

After getting my muslin and studio lights, I knew my decision that would be next would be backdrops! What is a girl supposed to do, when you are a 
“White” personality, and there are just so many choices to choose from!

Well….I tried covering my bases, I order several combinations of colours to fit the mood!  Dark Blue, Brown, Pink, Baby Blue, Black Damask, and a Mixture of Green/Blue with different combination of flooring! Woot Hoot! Lots of fun combinations…and I thought I might as well order a lot, rather than pay for more shipping down the road!

After ordering, there weren’t as wide and tall, as I had hope, so I now really know I need to focus on children, as they are the perfect size! …unless I do pets (in a separate area)

If you like to check out the of the Color Code, by Taylor Hartman, you may find it at your public library.  I see there are several other books he has put out.  You can check for more explanations of the test online here:  the colour code test.  You can take a free test, or you can pay to take the colour code comprehension test, and save money, use coupon code PASS-53EK to save $10 off at www.colorcode.com

 

Jumping In! February 6, 2012

It wasn’t too long ago, that I was walking with my two younger children (ages 9 and 10, at the time), and came across a very big puddle! We were all wearing running shoes, and rather than walking around, I held both of their hands on either side of me, and being a BIG kid,  I decided to make a quick jump right in the middle! My shoes were soaking, muddy water dripping down from my legs, and the shriek of their faces, were shocked that I dare do something like this and get them all wet, too! It was classic!! Of course, I did a little murmuring afterwards, that my socks were wet, and my daughter, Sadie’s exclaimed, “Well, that’s what you get when you jump in a puddle without boots!”. 

I liken this experience to studio photography!  Casually, I mention to my husband, that I could get a job at a studio, they were hiring for a photographer, so I could learn and practise on someone else’s expenses.   He didn’t think that was a great idea, he knew I already had the skills and he didn’t care for me to go find a job under someone else when it wasn’t necessary, and it would cause more strain on our family working on someone else’s schedule. Life would just become more hectic, working for someone else. He is supportive.    So, this literally got me thinking overnight, that I have the space and the desire, and the winter months to practise in my own home, he was right, I could have a lot of fun in my own area learning!

Some think, that I buy whatever I want, when I want.  I don’t. I can walk into a store, look around, and walk out, without buying anything.  I  spend hours, days, and then weeks, in researching, and deciding what I like and what would be best for my circumstance.   That is one way, I find great deals on travelling, only because of the time I put into it! Although sometimes, I have to make the best decision quickly, so I don’t lose out.  With my husband traveling to the US, it was the perfect opportunity to bring a few items home.  So, I thought, I might as well, JUMP on IN, with full force!  I love amazon.com…but why can’t they ship all their nifty things to Canada, we just don’t get the same selection like we do in Canada on amazon.ca!  

So, I went ahead, and bought some studio lights and a backdrop stand from bhphoto.com, the best place to save on lenses, and other equipment, in Calgary, you will pay a few hundred more!  I’ll shop locally to compare, but buy online.   I also had him bring me home some white and black muslin. I was on my way in collecting supplies…well, until after December, once I was done jewelry shows, then I could open up my purchases and get practising Christina   (this picture is not the studio light I bought, but very similiar) 

And the twins in my previous post that I took, were in natural light (even though I had my lights up), I used natural lighting for that session!

 

Another New Start and Direction for 2012 January 9, 2012

Hello! It’s been a while since I last posted.  It’s a beginning of another year, and I’m heading in several different directions! I just finished this fall, my last year of Jewelry Sales in community craft markets.  I have committed to doing no more…..kind of scary! I’ve even sold some of my displays.  I do have a lot of stock to get rid of, and so I need to start putting it online. 

The places to check out, as I try to continue to list items almost daily is  www.precioussadies.etsy.com  and www.precioussadies.zaybia.com  Zaybia is a “Made in Canada only” website like Etsy, but only features Canadian artists.  I just have a few things there listed.

I fell off the bandwagon doing my 365 project.  Fall, just gets so busy, with fulfilling my inventory for jewelry sales, and I didn’t want to compromise on putting up pictures that didn’t meet my standards.  This fall, I also introduced my line of photography cards to sell at shows, they are available online:

Now, that 2012 is here! I have had some time to open up my studio lights, and start taking pictures of children, and will venture a little on to this path.  I love taking pictures of them, it is so fun! I have put some of my pictures up on www.viewbug.com, a fun site that has a lot of contests to keep my creative juices flowing, and have won a few awards there!

I also started in the fall, another blog, www.thrivewithchristina.wordpress.com  It helps one to get better prepared, and help to also promote, http://www.c-parker.canada.shelfreliance.com  a freeze dried product, that promotes zero % waste, with no preservatives, and additives.  Thrive was just launched Dec 1st, 2011 in Canada.  Something right up my alley.

Anyways, Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t want to not put up quality pictures.  I do miss taking a picture each day!

 

 

 

Adorn, 365 Photo Project, ~Sept 16, 2011 September 16, 2011

“Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly”. ~Epictetus

It really is a lot better picture of the rosette bobby pins, than just keeping them on the card, that I use to display them on.

These can be found at www.precioussadies.etsy.com

 

Owl Cards, 365 Photography Project, Sept 12, 2011 September 12, 2011

“A wise old owl sat on an oak; THe more he saw the less he spoke;  The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?

On the weekend, I ran out of my mounting cards, that I would mount these clips on.  In my box, I had these cute little owls postcards that I had created more to mail out to clients for upcoming shows.  With having at least 100 things to mount, I used these cards instead, and now I really wished I didn’t reorder so many of the other grey ones that I have shown down below featuring the bobby pins.  These owls are so darn cute on these cards!    It also has been a good weekend being a wise owl to friends.