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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!

February 13, 2008

Wedding & Portrait Session Offers!

Filed under: Offers,Photography — chantal @ 10:12 am

Has anyone else been besieged with a cold/flu this season yet? My son was sick last week and I’m just beginning to crawl out from under after two days of flu-like torture. And my 5 yr old is sick now too! Something is certainly going around so be sure to get lots of rest, vitamin C, and bundle up!

Since I am slowly beginning to feel like myself again (and still a little loopy from the meds), I feel like its good time for a great offer… two offers actually, see below.

WEDDING OFFER:

Book my GOLD Wedding Package with the following coverage:

  • Full engagement photo shoot with a 60 day online proofing gallery
  • One high-resolution digital negative for wedding/newspaper announcement
  • 5×5 brag-book with 24 images from E-session
  • All day coverage of your Wedding day
  • 90 day online proofing gallery
  • low-resolution Proof CD
  • 8×8 or 8×10 flush mount Wedding Album

This package is normally $2500. I am offering this complete package for $1999! This offer is only valid until February 29th so contact me to see if I have your Wedding date available.

PORTRAIT SESSION:

Portrait sessions include the following:

  • 2 hour on-location photo session
  • online proofing for 90 days
  • unlimited outfit changes (as time allows)
  • indoor/outdoor (weather permitting)
  • up to 5 people (addt’l people +$20 per person)
  • pets allowed!

This portrait session is normally $125. Book now for only $99! Perfect for families, children, & babies! Offer valid until March 7th. Contact me soon, availability is limited through April.

(Senior portraits not applicable)

If you are interested in taking advantage of either of these offers, call me at 614-657-5486, or email me at chantal@chantalstonephotography.com. Please indicate that you are inquiring into my “blog offer”.

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Since I’ve been under the weather for the past 2 days, I’m about 2 days behind on some projects I’m working on. Stay tuned for some ADORABLE baby photos from a really great photo session I shot over the weekend. I’ll post those later today or tonight!

January 21, 2008

One Great Project & One Great Offer

Filed under: For Photographers,News,Offers,Photography,Weddings — chantal @ 11:19 am

I came across two awesome ideas, neither of which are mine, but I just had to spread the word…

The Great Project:

Solo Photo Book Month…or SoFoBoMo

What is it? It’s Paul Butzi’s brilliant idea for photographers to assemble an entire book project within one month. Writers have NaNoWriMo, musicians have NaSoAlMo, and now we photographers have this. This is perfect for me too because I just had an idea for a month or so long photography project involving some stuff that will be happening with my family this Spring. I’m not ready to say what that is yet, but stayed tuned, I’ll be posting about it soon enough.

So if you’re a photographer brimming with project ideas, check out the SoFoBoMo post on Paul’s blog and sign up. The time period is roughly from April 1 to May 31, allowing wiggle room for people’s varying schedules. But the photos, text and editing must all be created within a 30-day time period. It’s looking like there will be a website for the project fairly soon…I’ll be sure to post the link.

The Great Offer:

Deborah Fraime, from “For You” Event Consulting & Catering Services is running a special for all 08/09 Brides: a 15% discount for all Wedding planning packages, including a FREE 2 hour planning session. Deb is a fabulous planner with whom I have had the pleasure to work, and she is also a beautiful person….and I can’t wait to work with her again soon!

Check out her website and give her a call. Planning a Wedding can be so stressful and overwhelming, when it should be such a happy time. Having a professional planner makes all the difference in the world!

January 14, 2008

Off-Season Discount For Columbus Brides!!

Filed under: Offers,Photography,Weddings — chantal @ 10:42 am

So much to blog about this week….including pics from Cherie’s birthday party, but first things first….

One way to cut the cost of a fabulous Wedding is to have it mid-week, earlier in the day, or during the Off-season.  So to help out, I’m offering a pretty sweet discount to couples getting married during the off-season: January-April, and November-December. I’m also extending this discount to peak-season (May-October) Weddings that are held Monday-Thursday.  So if you or anyone you know is getting married during these months (or days), email me at info [at] chantalstonephotography.com.

The discount applies to any couple at any location, but if you are located outside of Franklin or Delaware Counties, Ohio, then travel fees may apply.

Yay!

September 12, 2007

Awesome Photo Session Offer!

Filed under: Offers,Photography,Portraits — chantal @ 1:57 pm

Due to the overwhelming success and the incredible feedback I received (thanks everyone!!) as a result of Jan’s photoshoot, I am going to offer similar photo sessions for $150.00 for a limited time. Have your very own ‘Trash the Dress’ shoot, or any other kind 0f fashion shoot!

What you’ll get:

  • 2-3 hour photo shoot
  • up to 3 locations
  • unlimited clothing changes (as time allows)
  • online proofing gallery

*additional charges may apply for extra location(s), mileage, to add a friend, or extra time
This offer is valid only until September 30th. The date of your photo session must be between now and November 10th. Hurry, available dates are limited!

Email me today: chantal.neweyes [at] gmail.com

August 16, 2007

Free Wedding Photography!

As many of you may already know, I am currently building my own wedding & lifestyle photography business. Starting one’s own business is definitely a labor of love… many, many ups and downs. My business has been a lifetime in the making and I am proud to announce that the official launch of Chantal Stone Photography will be in 2008 (or sooner!). (I’ll announce when my pro website is complete!)

(UPDATE: My new website can be found at www.chantalstonephotography.com. Check it out!!)

I never intended to become a wedding photographer, but now I can’t imagine doing anything else. It is such an incredible honor to be chosen to document one of the most important and special days in a family’s life. Weddings are emotional, beautiful, intimate, and joyous…and after the food is eaten, the music has stopped and dresses and gowns put away, what’s left are the memories of the spectacular day, and of course the photographs.

It’s such an important job to photograph a wedding, one that I feel I was born to do. It is truly a blessing!

I have been very busy these last few months doing all sorts of things to build my portfolio, build my brand, and simply get my name out there. And now I can use your help!

I want to photograph a complete wedding for FREE sometime during 2008. No strings attached, I will do the engagement photo session, full wedding coverage and reception absolutely FREE (a $2000+ value). I am also willing to travel anywhere…as far as travel expenses, I’m sure somehow we can get it taken care of!

Here are the rules:

  1. Any couple getting married sometime in 2008 is eligible. The date and location need to already be set.
  2. Send me your story (or the story of your nomination) about why you should have your wedding photographed for free along with a recent photo of you and your fiancé.
  3. The final three couples and stories will be posted here December 16th for people to vote.
  4. The winner will be announced on December 31st .
  5. Email your story and photo, along with the date and location of your wedding to: chantal@chantalstonephotography.com with “FREE WEDDING NOMINATION” in the subject line.

So please tell your friends, tell your family, and announce it at work….tell everyone you know and help get the word out for this amazing offer. I’m so excited to be able to do what I love purely for the joy of it.

Together, we can make a deserving couple’s dream come true!

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UPDATE:
I currently have the following dates UNAVAILABLE–
Feb. 22-23
March 15-16
May 16-18
June 7-8
July 4-18
November 1st
November 15-16
December 12-13
(…this list will be periodically updated)

Sorry!

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