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

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February will be FOOD photo Month, for my 365 photo Calendar Project! February 2, 2014

Day 32:  (Feb 1St)

Candy-hearts--Christina-Parker-Photography-day-32Camera: 100 Iso, 50mm, f/10. 1/30

 

Enjoy the Journey Day 31 – 365 Photo Calendar Project February 1, 2014

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Day 31 – The Ride

Camera: 50mm f/1.2, 1/400, Iso 800

I attended an Stake (geographically boundary) Relief Society (the largest woman’s organization that started in 1842, with over 6 million woman worldwide) Event, this evening, called “Ticket to Ride’.  I was based on everyone being a different stations in life.  We had a wonderful meal, a live band, great original music, about our journey here on earth, and our final destination,  that fit the theme perfectly, and then were able to split into a choice of 2 classes out of 8.  I went to “cyber station” identifying yourself online…how it is different when we aren’t performing live in person, that we can’t see others reactions to our information that we put out there.

My 2nd stop or class, was “H.O.P.E”  station. ..”Seek and Ye Shall Find”….S. O. S.  (Seek…Observe…Serve).

It was a wonderful evening! The decorations, made you feel like you were on a train.

drapes light trains table

 

Day 25 – Bright sunrise 365 photo Calendar Project January 26, 2014

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Day 25 – Sunrise

Camera- 100 iso, 50mm  f/6.3 1/400 sec

I was standing up on the high grounds of the temple, and seeing the sun coming over just overlooking the city!! Why do I not want to jump out of my nice warm cozy bed every morning, to capture the sky and city landscape!!   So, glad I did on Saturday!

 

Can you tell what this is? – 365 Photo Calendar Project January 21, 2014

This is shot from underneath a big fern leaf, with it being backlight.  I love all the lines and I love the green! Image

Camera: ISO 500, 100mm Macro Lense, f/2,8, 1.20 sec hand held

 

Indulgence! Day 11 – 365 Photo Calendar Project January 11, 2014

It’s Day 11, in the New Year, and so far, I’ve done pretty well, in keeping to my goals of daily exercise, still need to do some upper weights before I go to bed though.  Down 2.7 lbs, since Jan 1st.  Taken a picture everyday!

Tonight, I saw this very neat concept that Beth Galton, who is a commercial still life photographer, did when she was approached to take a photo of a cut view of burritos. Then she expanded her vision, of  going a little further with her idea of cut food.  On her blog, she says she uses a lot of gelatin and Crisco, to keep liquids in place.   Loving her idea, the best form of flattery is copying.  I had to run to the store for milk anyways, the donuts were off the shelf.  So, I picked up these cherry petite strudel.  One of my favourites, shouldn’t all the air pockets, mean fewer calories?!

I took a “before” I ate a piece, and the after, of the first bite of indulgence!  When I have more time, perhaps I’ll try to attempt a cut up liquid.  Love her ideas!!

Camera: Iso 100 50mm f/5.0 125/sec   Straight out of the camera! I used  1 strobe with a soft box, on black fabric.  No photo shop on this, just to re size the picture and add the words.  Same for both photos.   Focused on the middle of the strudel, where the cherry is almost dripping out.  Rule of Thirds intersect on the left side.

 

Cut up Strudel  Inside view Christina Parker

Day 11 indulgence Christina Parker

 

What happens when? March 6, 2013

A smile is your own facial signature with each one being unique and is often the first thing another will focus on when looking at your face.  What happens when your smile is not like others?   For thousands of children and adults their smile is affected by a cleft.  Matthew was one of those babies born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate and this is his story.

 

 

Matthew came into the world on a warm afternoon in August 2009 with a complete bilateral cleft lip and palate. 

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His cleft was on the severe side and it quickly became apparent that the simple things that most take for granted would be a challenge.  Feeding Matthew was a challenge as he didn’t have the oral structure needed to suck from the breast or bottle.  He met with a team of specialists who from the day he was born created a treatment plan.  This plan included weekly hospital visits, weekly dental visits, an oral appliance (NAM-nasoalveolar molding device), and hearing tests which all led up to his first surgery, his lip repair in December 2009. During the 4.5 hour surgery his plastic surgeon fused the muscles in his lip, joined the three segments of his cleft together, lifted and shaped his flattened nose.  For the first time in his life, Matthew no longer had a cleft lip.  His wide smile was no longer and his new smile would be one that people wouldn’t stare at negatively or with pity.  Matthew started puréed foods at 6 months old like other babies his age.  With Matthew’s cleft palate he would often choke and aspirate the food that had entered his nasal cavity.  We stayed away from hard cereals or other typical teething food as pieces could and sometimes would get lodged along the side of his nasal passage.  Matthew did continue to have speech therapy and frequent dental care until his palate repair in September 2010 where the same plastic surgeon closed the gaping hole in his palate.

Matthew still has years of treatment which include bone grafting, orthodontic, and other facial surgeries but until then he is a thriving three year old who loves reading books, playing with his siblings, and most of all playing with his trains.  Matthew’s determination, will, and spirit continue to inspire those who work with him. ~post written by Amanda L. Matthew’s Mom!

With your donation of $24, 100% will go towards operation smile, to help repair other children across the world! You will receive 1, desk size print or a headshot image.   Can I count on your support April 4-April 6, 2013?  Please book your session time at www.christinaparkerphotography.com