• Children,  Family

    One Another’s Shadow

    Meet Ashley and Damon…

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    They are as connected and close as a Dad and his son could be. I often see them walking together after school…always laughing and talking with every step.  Ashley patiently listens as Damon, in his animated way, gives a run down of his day.

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    There’s something so amazing about the way a son looks up to his Dad…

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    A bond like no other, these two are one another’s shadow…

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    Damon is in that transition stage, still young enough to jump on his Dad’s back…

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    yet old enough he wants to be just as tall as his Dad (step stools come in handy)

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    Thank you so much for asking me to photograph you two!

    From my heart to yours,


  • Giving Back,  relay for life

    Leduc Relay for Life 2014

    Once again, the amazing people of Leduc came together to collectively raise $58,900 towards the fight against cancer in the 2014 Leduc Relay for Life!

    This year the Leduc Relay for Life was blessed with the highest turnout in history of 75 amazing Survivors.

    What a beautiful group of strength and courage!

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    The night started with the Survivor Reception to honour & celebrate those who have a common bond of strength. A special thank you to M&M Country Catering for the beautiful dinner you provided. Everyone absolutely loved it, so delicious!

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    I love seeing familiar faces year after year. These friendly ladies are awesome! They are always smiling and laughing.

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    Nolan Yaremko spoke so eloquently about his journey and displayed all the beads he received as he bravely fought cancer. He’s an amazing young man!

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    Nolan and Matt obliged me and allowed me to photograph them after supper. Thank you both!

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    The Survivors kick off the event by walking the first lap while the teams cheer them on…

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    The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is an all night family friendly event starting at 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Teams take turns (or walk together) all through the night to bring funds and awareness in the fight against Cancer.

    The top fundraising team was Team Hier Power. Yearly they bring in an incredible amount of funds with a whole lot of passion in honour and in memory of loved ones. They are most definitely a powerful force of support and love.

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    The teams always come dressed to impress and have a lot of fun with it…

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    Team Kako couldn’t be with their loved ones as they Relayed in Eastern Canada (Nova Scotia if I remember correctly), so they Relayed through the miles in Leduc.

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    Kids were having a great time at the event as well!

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    One team even set up a photo booth!

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    When you are walking along the path marked by luminaries symbolizing a loved one with cancer, it gives you the opportunity to visit with other relayers and hear their stories. I had the good fortune to meet a very special Mother who handed out Dora stickers in memory of her Angel daughter Meaghan. She recalled memories of decorating Meaghan’s hospital room for all the holidays, and at times the holiday decor would overlap. Christmas and Halloween settling in together in harmony to bring a little girl some cheer during long days.

    She told me about her daughter’s amazing spirit of positivity and strength.  Meaghan touched the heart of every person she met. Her loving Mom walked the track passing Meaghan’s luminary and with each lap she honoured her daughter’s memory with her enduring love that will always live within her cherished memories.

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    With each luminary the Relayers walk by, there is both sorrow and hope represented with respect and remembrance.

    A reminder of why we Relay…

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    As the darkness settled in, the luminary ceremony began. Cheryl Hier spoke straight from her kind heart and the whole room was touched by her words.  We all made our way to our luminaries to light them and take a moment to remember and honour those we love/support and those we have lost to this devastating disease.

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    It is with a sad heart as I recall my very first relay when I lit one luminary…this year I lit 6. Words can’t describe how much I love these amazing people.

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    Every one of these luminaries are so very important to those who remember and honour their loved one. Love lives here…

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    This event wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of the committee that volunteers their precious time to organize it all. Thank you so much for all the things you do, both big and small!

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    If you are viewing this blog post and you see a photo you wish to order, please contact me via the contact section here,
    or email me: admin [at] christinehopaluk.com

    All proceeds from the sale of photos will go directly to the Canadian Cancer Society.

    See you at next year’s Relay for Life!

    From my heart to yours,


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  • Commercial,  Your Story

    Citadel Drilling Rig #1 Opening

    I was excited I was asked to photograph the brand new Citadel Drilling Rig #1 as they celebrated with a Rig Opening.

    As I pulled up, there was the most brilliant perfect sun dog around the towering Rig…lucky sign!

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    There was a great sense of pride within all who are involved with this beautiful Rig. A true labour of love.

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    The crew is anxious to get Rig 1 out drilling…

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    Along with the beautiful weather and an amazing lunch, the day also held tours of the Rig and the equipment.

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    Being an Oilfield Wife myself, my favourite part of the day was when friends and family came to show their unyielding support. Kids walking hand-in-hand with a parent to get a tour of this huge amazing rig they’ve heard so much about.

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    An Oilfield life is a family investment. Through the trials, blood/sweat/tears, hard work, time apart from family… there is an incredible amount of pride that lives within this culture.

    As I was taking these photos of families standing in front of the Rig they’ve invested their lives within, I couldn’t help but realize this moment captured within a photograph is one that will be remembered within the time vault of their life story. The start of something amazing, and worth every bit of sacrifice…

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    Cheers to all your hard work and making this dream into a reality. Congratulations on the unveiling of Citadel Rig #1! Can’t wait to see Rig #2 (and many more). 🙂

    From my heart to yours,


  • Family,  Grad

    Brandon Graduates!

    Meet the W. Family…

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    They are a fun, laid-back, very-connected family full of love (and a ridiculous amount of laughter too). They haven’t had family photos for many years since their now grown-up kids were little.  It was definitely time, and during a memorable occasion…Brandon’s Grad.

    The final high school grad in their home! It wasn’t that long ago when I captured Paige and Brogan’s grad. Time flies…

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    They are so proud of him!

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    Seriously, could this couple be any more amazing?!

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    Paige and Brogan are connected by the pinky swear. 😉 They are so much alike and are one another’s best friend! Lucky sisters!

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    This final photo was Dad’s idea… ha!

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    Thank you so much W. Family for asking me to capture all your Graduates! I have so much respect for your connected loving family!

    From my heart to yours,


  • Fitness Photography,  Your Story

    Chaundra’s Journey to Success

    Meet the incredibly strong, vibrant, driven, kind & beautiful Chaundra..

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    I’m so happy she found her way to me so I could photograph her amazing accomplishment. She also happens to be the proud Mom of 2.

    I love hearing other’s story, in her own words: “I set out on a journey back in Sept 2013 toward improved health and vitality. I was unhappy with my weight and was ready to make change for myself. As I began to lose weight and improve my physique I found myself falling in love with fitness. My ultimate goal evolved into wanting to step on stage at a figure competition with the best body I could. On June 7th I realized my goal and walked proudly on stage with a brand new physique, outlook on life, strength and confidence. Success!” Chaundra

    Chaundra’s hard work paid off, she placed 4th in her figure class! An amazing accomplishment after all of her hard work. Congrats girl!

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    Chaundra and I wanted an image showcasing motion and colour that symbolized freedom, strength, and the courage it takes to conquer a goal. This last image was a collaboration towards those feelings…

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    Thank you Chaundra for making the trip to see me. You should be so proud of yourself. You are ridiculously amazing and have inspired me simply in the time we spent together.

    From my heart to yours,


  • Couples,  Fitness Photography,  Your Story

    Strength and Beauty: Bonnie

    Meet my fun, beautiful, strong friend Bonnie (otherwise known as Bon Bon…fits her perfectly).

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    We met at a Mom’s playgroup years ago. Yup, this stunning woman is the proud Mom to three amazing kids.

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    When she told me her plans to walk the stage at Northern’s in Edmonton this year, I knew she would give her whole heart and soul to this journey. She’s one tough chick with amazing motivation and drive.

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    I am so honoured to have been able to capture all her tenacity and hard work. I adore her, no matter how much time passes between seeing each other, we just pick up where we left off. Genuine friendship without pressure is a gift; I’m very thankful Bon Bon is in my life.

    Along with photos of her physique, she also wanted photos with the love of her life…her husband Trevor. Together they support one another through life’s goals and dreams. Powerful team…

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    Congratulations my friend, much respect and love. xoxo

    From my heart to yours,