Meet my beautiful friend Elena
I first met Elena almost 7 years ago. We were both part of a healthy living group, and we made fast friends. We’ve shared many laughs over the years. When she asked me to take her Head shot I jumped at the chance to capture her beauty.
She’s also an extremely talented writer. All you Readers of Women’s Fiction…Elena will soon be featuring her Women’s Fiction novel: “NOTHING STAYS IN VEGAS” set for release mid July 2011 on Kindle.
Check out her website for more information: http://elenaaitken.com/
Congratulations on all you’ve achieved Elena, I can’t wait to read your novel! Your talent and gift for writing inspires me and I’m so thankful for your friendship. xoxo
Isn’t she a doll?! I was excited to see Maya and her parents as it’s been a whole year since our last session together. You can check out how much Maya has grown by clicking HERE.
I was not only surprised by how much she’s grown in just one year (as has her beautiful hair), but also by how her little personality has grown into a big personality! She set up this shot below all by herself, with no coaching from me at all.
Little Miss Personality…
She also has THE BEST pout.
Her parents continue to foster a sense of wonder, imagination, and creativity within their little blessing. The great love and appreciation they hold for one another is very apparent with ever interaction between the three of them. It’s a blessing to know them.
Thank you for spending the evening with me. As always, it’s an honour capturing your family story. Looking forward to next year’s adventure!
The photos from all three photographers at the Leduc Relay for Life on June 3rd, 2011 are now available to view online! All proceeds from the sale of photos go directly to the Canadian Cancer Society. It’s a way to raise even more funds in the fight to end cancer and you’ll receive photos to remember the event at the same time!
Please visit my website at: http://www.christinehopaluk.com/index2.php
Click the “Proofing” tab on the top menu and enter the password (lowercase, all one word): relay4life
The deadline for ordering is July 1st. While you can order prints directly through the website; payment will be handled at the time of pickup so please do not pay online. The organizers of the Leduc Relay for Life will have a table set up at the Leduc Recreation Centre on July 13th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. where you can come and pick up your photo order. Please bring Cash Payment for your order as the organizers are handling the payment for photos to be donated directly to the Canadian Cancer Society.
If you have any questions about ordering, or if the photo order pick-up date of July 13th does not work for you, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 780-980-0703.
This is the first year photos from Leduc Relay have been available for purchase as a fundraiser, so it’s a work in progress!
Thank you to all the volunteers, relayers, and survivors who came out to show their support for the Relay.
Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back.
Meet the D. Family.
It’s been almost two years since I last took their family photos, and the kids have grown so much.
Little R. has the most beautiful long shiny sun-kissed hair now, and T. has lost 4 teeth marking this the summer of the gummy smile. 🙂
We met on what turned out to be one of the most beautiful sun-shiny evenings we’ve had in a long time. I love the golden, hazy, dreamy light summer produces.
The kids are so adventurous, and spent most of our time together climbing the stone wall.
Thank you for spending the evening with me!
I first met Tereasa at my kid’s school. She volunteers her time often.
Thank you for all you do within our school!
She also happens to be my Mary Kay consultant…I love Mary Kay! She’s incredibly good at what she does, I sat down in her makeup chair and she picked the right shade of foundation for me right off the bat. She’s very knowledgeable about the Mary Kay line.
If you need Mary Kay products, she can help you out! Visit her page by clicking HERE.
In the hours leading up to the event, I prayed the snow and rain would stay away; however, the snow was fitting actually. It was reminiscent of what my Dad and our family has gone through since his cancer diagnosis…beautiful sunshine one day, and then suddenly a storm the next day. Cancer brings forward emotions that one has never felt before. Anger, pain, disbelief, sadness, perseverance, strength, and hope. We Relay to one day make cancer history.
Onto Part two of the Relay…
A member of Team Mixcor Cancer Crushers, volunteered to have his head shaved at the event…
Just before the Luminary Ceremony, friends of ours who are volunteers at the Edmonton Relay for Life visited to show their support (And I’m sorry to say there are two people missing from this photo of good-hearted supporters, Trina and Omari). Thank you!
The Luminary ceremony was next. I was asked to speak briefly. I cried all the way through it! Seeing what my Father has gone through this past year carries so much pain in my heart, and it’s a fresh wound. I sat with him at the Cross Cancer Institute for his first radiation treatment on the Monday before the Relay. Click HERE to read about it.
My Dad continues to fight with a smile on his face, and a kind word to everyone who crosses his path. I’m so proud of him…
I was so overtaken with emotion, I didn’t take many photos of the luminary ceremony as I usually do. Please accept my apology!
Then the snow came…
In Memory of my Aunty and My friend Chris who both bravely fought this devastating disease. I think of you often.
The snow stopped as suddenly as it started, and dawn was finally upon us…
Despite the snow, many luminaries continued to burn into the morning hours.
A special thank you to our Team Hope Captain: Jackie Martineau. I appreciate all your hard work more than you could ever know.
Marking the end of the event, 7:00 a.m. See you all next year…same place, same time! 🙂
We Fought Back!!!
All Images are copyright to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Please check out the other two Photographer’s blogs! I know they are still adding to their blog posts as I post this, so remember to check back!
Tawny of Tawny Lee Photography: http://justagirlwithhercamera.blogspot.com/2011/06/must-get-this-out-so-i-can-finally-lay.html
Linda of LMK Photography: http://photographybylmk.blogspot.com/2011/06/leduc-relay-for-life.html
*Update June 14: The photos are online! Please visit http://christinehopaluk.com/blog/2011/06/14/leduc-relay-for-life-picture-orders/ for details!
I’m having an incredibly hard time finding the words for this blog post. The Leduc Relay for Life 2011 was an amazing event full of tears, laughter, support, and love. Altogether, Leduc Relay for Life raised an incredible $109,331 dollars exceeding their fundraising goals! Amazing! A HUGE thank you goes out to all the organizers of the Relay. Your countless volunteer hours is greatly appreciated!
I wish I could include every photo I took (all images are copyright of the Canadian Cancer Society); however, In 2 weeks, photos from all three of us photographers will be available to purchase through my website*. Please stay tuned on this blog for more info or follow the Leduc Relay for Life facebook page for updates! All proceeds from the sale of photos goes directly to the Canadian Cancer Society. It’s a way to raise even more funds for our Relay. *Update June 14: The photos are online! Please visit http://christinehopaluk.com/blog/2011/06/14/leduc-relay-for-life-picture-orders/ for details!
I have always been honoured to be a part of the Relay for Life in the past, but this year’s Relay was incredibly close to my heart as my Dad is fighting prostate cancer and started his radiation treatment just last week. If you are interested in reading more about my Dad’s story, click HERE.
The Relay kicked off with the Survivor Banquet, a tribute to all those who have bravely fought their own personal cancer battle. As I stood in the hall listening to those courageous souls share their stories, I was overcome with emotion. Your strength, bravery, tenacity, and unyielding will to fight is amazing. Thank you for sharing your stories of Hope and Courage.
“What Cancer Cannot Do”
Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship(s)
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot conquer the spirit.
The song “I Will Stand by You” by Rascal Flatts played during the first laps. I invite you to click here ——> A Song for Survivors and listen while you scroll through these photos. Thank you to all the survivors and care-givers who attended the event and started things off by walking the first laps…you are the reason we Relay.
The Celebrating Survivors Banner carries messages of Hope to others. The Survivors then carry this banner of courage for the balloon release and the first lap of the relay.
The Survivor first lap…such a powerful moment.
There were some great outfits this year worn by the Relayers! Team “Arrsome Maties”
Team Hier Power who raised just under $10,000!!! Way to go!
Team “F! Cancer”. Their loyal dog walked the track all night as well through the rain and snow.
I was part of Team Hope, and together we raised $13,673! Thank you to all those who supported our team!
I was also 1 of 3 Photographers…
Some creative backs 🙂 Team Mixcor Cancer Crushers who raised over $16,000!!!
Our Team Hope (Thank you Linda for taking our team photos):
Team Hier Power, love your capes…
Even through the rain, the face painters were there….
This is T. She was one of the dancers who entertained the crowd during the Relay.
All Images are copyright of the Canadian Cancer Society.
Please continue reading onto “Leduc Relay for Life Part 2″
This is when the snow makes it’s appearance. Yes, that’s right, snow on June 3rd. Only in Alberta…
I was so excited to meet him! I just love his parents.
Two years ago, I met up with Ewa and Cliff for a Connection Session before they tied the knot. Check them out here.
And now they have an amazing baby boy who is full of laughter and smiles. I can’t begin to describe how amazing it is to document a family’s milestones in life. It’s a beautiful thing!
I love the connection they share with their little boy. He sure is loved.
As they pulled up in their truck, I immediately had to take a peek in the window to check Dex out. He looked right at me and gave me the biggest smile while kicking his little legs. I knew we would make fast friends.
It was so good to see you all! Thank you for the honour of capturing little Dex. I adore him, he’s simply amazing! xoxo