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April 30, 2008

The Long Year Begins

Filed under: News,Personal,Photography,SoFoBoMo — chantal @ 6:53 am

Today my husband departs for his year long tour; first a period of training followed by nearly a year serving with the Ohio National Guard in Iraq. We’ve been preparing for this deployment (his 2nd in 3 yrs) for several months now, and now that it’s begun, we can look forward to it ending.

For the last 3 weeks, my husband was on vacation, spending time at home with me and our three kids. And since I’ve been so focused on being with him, with the exception of a few incredible photo shoots, I haven’t really been working. Now that he’s gone, it’s time to dive in head first, and keep myself busy with work & kids, to help make the time go faster. And I have about 85 million images to edit and process to help pass the time!

So for the next month, I will try to post to this blog every day… I definitely have enough material! For the next month you can expect to see:

  • some fabulous couples striking a pose for their Engagement photo shoots
  • an incredible Wedding
  • a fun family photo session
  • a spectacular Senior session
  • photos of my kids (from dance recitals & track meets)

and of course…

  • images from my SOFOBOMO project, including the final book

Now it’s time for coffee before I get busy!

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April 24, 2008

Janice & Henry: Married!

Filed under: Personal,Photography,Portraits — chantal @ 12:47 pm

While were were in Georgia the other week, my husband’s Aunt Janice got married! They had an intimate ceremony performed by the j.o.p., but afterwards we all were able to gather as a family and enjoy some time together. And of course, I was happy to snap a few of my signature casual portraits of Janice and her new husband Henry.

Don’t they look happy?! Congratulations, Janice & Henry!!!

April 23, 2008

SoFoBoMo: Working it all out

Filed under: Personal,Photography,SoFoBoMo — chantal @ 9:05 am

I have to admit, I’m struggling with this project. As soon as I read about SoFoBoMo, I knew I wanted to participate, and what I’m working on now was the first idea to pop into my head– documenting my husbands final 30 days at home before he deploys to Iraq. I knew it would be interesting, I knew it would be an important time for my children to spend as much time with their dad, and I knew that having lots of photos would be great, for both my husband and my kids. What I seemed to have overlooked was how personal it would be. I mean, I knew it was personal…my family is the subject; but the moments, the feelings, are so personal to me, I wonder how interesting it would be to anyone else outside the 5 of us.

Anyway, I’m still trying to work out what the final book will be, how it will look and feel. It’s clearly a documentary project on a family’s preparation for a life changing event, but for me, there is no objectivity. So it’s more than just a documentary project, it’s a family album. The next 6 days will likely be the busiest for us…which is good and bad. ‘Busy’ means time goes by faster, but the activities will also bring plenty of great moments and images to share.

Here is my husband, Shamon, looking through some old family photos with our kids at his grandmother’s house in Savannah, GA. (Apr 12, 08)…

April 21, 2008

KAT’S CAFE in Atlanta, GA

Filed under: Personal,Photography,Portraits,SoFoBoMo — chantal @ 9:45 pm

I’ve been such a bad blogger lately, but I swear I have a good excuse. I have TONS of photos that I want to share, many from our trip to Georgia, lots for my SoFoBoMo project, and even an awesome Engagement shoot I had over the weekend. But the truth is, I’m just not spending much time behind the computer right now… I’m spending as much time as possible with my husband who goes on active duty next week for Iraq. I have been taking photos for my SoFoBoMo project, but I can’t even guarantee when the final book will be ready….hopefully in just a few weeks. AHhh, I sooo need to get caught up before my busy season starts!

So I do have some photos that I want to share today. (And these technically qualify for my sofobomo project) When we went to Georgia the other week, we spent a day with my brother, Mike and his girlfriend Kat, at their new restaurant/cafe called KAT’S CAFE. It was SO much fun!! It’s only been open for 6 months so we knew my brother would be busy working and we really just wanted to stop in a say hello, check out the place, but not really get in the way. The plan was to stop in for a quick visit in the afternoon, then leave to go look around Atlanta for a while, do a little sight-seeing or something, then come back to KAT’S once it was open.

But once we got there, the kids immediately attached themselves to my brother and we never left. He put us to work! I chopped vegetables and 2 of my kids learned how to make Mike’s signature chicken wraps and pizzas. They preped and cooked food and once the restaurant was open, they even served the customers. I’m sure we broke some child labor laws somewhere, but my kids had a BLAST!!

Here are Chanel and Sharif with Mike… you gotta love kids at a bar 😉

The Kids earning our dinner for the evening…

My brother Mike…

His girlfriend, Kat…

There was a great live band that played the night we were there…I’ll have to call Mike to get the band members’ names…

And my favorite image from the night… the color version is cool too see here.

Problems…

Filed under: Uncategorized — chantal @ 5:15 pm

I have some really cool photos to share, but for some reason WordPress is acting funky and not letting me upload the full size images.  As soon as I figure out what the problem is—or rather, as soon as the problem fixes itself— I’ll have a new post full of great pictures from our trip to Georgia.

Stay Tuned!

April 19, 2008

Project Childhood

When I was in high school, I was the one most likely to change the world. I started my school’s student chapter of Amnesty International, I was the youngest member of our small city’s only environmental group and I was a member of Greenpeace. I helped organize and attend Earth Day events. I was a member of the Model U.N. I always understood the importance of community service and knew that no matter what it was that I did in life as an adult, I wanted to somehow give back. Now that I’m a professional photographer, it’s still so important to me to use my talents to give back and uplift others. And I’m really excited about a new organization designed to do just that.

I recently learned about a new non-profit organization of professional photographers and students called Project Childhood. From the Project Childhood website:

Project Childhood, which corresponds with Child Abuse Prevention Month during the month of April, is about creating a unified front among professional photographers in order to accomplish one goal: TO CELEBRATE CHILDHOOD.

I found Project Childhood via Laura Novak’s blog, and I don’t think she’ll mind if I plagiarize what she wrote:

1. The overall goal is to provide a web gallery of photos that will ultimately seek to inspire others to see the beauty of childhood. It will be a site meant to CELEBRATE CHILDHOOD, a site filled with content by those who spend each day doing just that through the art of photography.

2. By offering a free session to a child who normally wouldn’t be able to afford it, each photographer is making a significant difference in that child’s life. If nothing else, those parents will have a picture on their wall of their child. A picture to celebrate, and that child will grow up knowing that someone took the time to make a difference..

3. By donating the session fee to a children’s charity of his or her choice, each photographer will be making a difference in the community and contributing to a cause that they feel warrants financial assistance.

During the month of April to celebrate Child Abuse Awareness they are having a great contest…

Working on the honor system, professional photographers from across the globe will be asked to complete the following:

1. Offer a free session to a child who normally wouldn’t be able to afford one, and then provide the parents with a free portrait from the session that captures the essence of childhood.

2. Donate your session fee to a children’s charity of your choice.

3. Submit the photo to PROJECT CHILDHOOD along with a link to your charity.

4. The contest is limited to three entries per photographer, but each submission must be of a different child, and must be submitted under the following assumption: You have donated your session fee for each child to a children’s charity of your choice.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is May 7, 2008 at 11:59 PM PST.

WINNER(S): As of now, the best picture will awarded a free site from BluDomain, One TypePad blog for life, and one logo from Piece of Cake Designs. The judges? 32 high school photography and video production students. The winner, along with three runners-up, will also be showcased in a featured gallery section on the site with several images and an interview.

I definitely plan to participate, and if you’re a photographer I hope you do as well. All I need is a subject! So if you are located in the Greater Columbus area and you have a child or know of a child who’s family can not afford a personal, high-end photo shoot, then please contact me at chantal [at] chantalstonephotography.com, with “Project Childhood” in the subject line. We only have a couple of weeks before the deadline, so we need to get busy!

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