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Skin The Beast

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

I figure it would be easier to post Donna’s words for this blog post.
(Thanks Donna for your creativity and passion to such a great cause)

“Hi Everyone:
I know a lot of you have been wondering what I have been up to these last 6 months or so…so here goes.

Since I was younger, I always had song lyrics bouncing around in my head. I was never really brave enough to actually write them down on paper though.
Last year when I turned 50, I decided I didn’t care what anyone thought, and I started to put pen to paper.
One of my most powerful songs is titled “Skin the Beast”. It is about a friend of mine named Tyler. His mother used to babysit Stacey when she was a baby.
Tyler was diagnosed with colon cancer. When I saw this emotional picture of him sitting in his front room, reading Lance Armstrong’s book, a song came spilling out of my head.
After I wrote the song, I wondered what I was supposed to do with it.
So, I showed it to a few people, then I got an idea…
Why not submit it to a rock band and have them record it? That way, I could donate some of the money towards the PET scanner at the hospital.
The more people I showed, the more my enthusiasm grew.
I then wrote approx. 25 other songs.
Poor Paul, I would scream from the shower “write this down” or “get me a pencil”!!
He really didn’t know how I was coming up with these lyrics…(neither did I frankly)
I decided to have my awesome, brilliant, wonderful friend Susan help me write my letter to the management person for the band that I had chosen.
She grilled me for about 2 hours at Jak’s Diner on Barrydowne Rd. last November. Her letter is epic. She captured just how I felt about this band, and just what I wanted to tell them about myself.
I wanted to make clear in the letter that I was not some teenager with a little song that I wanted them to record.
I wanted them to understand that I am serious and dedicated to my new craft.
Susan did a fantastic job doing just that.

Now on to how I was going to really get their interest.
I decided to get a picture taken.
Not just any picture.
I decided to ask Tyler to be in the picture with me.
How poignant, as the song was for him.
You might recognize him as the fireman on the front of the 2013 Sudbury Firefighter’s calendar.
His wife Cindy Van Empel-Popowich, bodybuilder extraordinaire, and all round ham, was in on the project too.

I asked James Hodgins, of James Hodgins Photography if he would come in on the project.
He was on board right away. I went for the consultation, and I could just hear his wheels grinding in his little head thinking of themes and poses and ideas.
James came up with an idea of me being Tyler’s protector with my song lyrics and that he and I had..well..”Skinned the Beast” together. I thought that was the coolest idea.
The date was set for January 7th.
Such an important piece of the puzzle, I had bucket loads of anxiety hoping that the picture would capture what we were trying to say.
Yesterday was one of the most exciting days. We all met at the studio, and had an absolute ball.
James says the pictures will take time to get just right…so I am waiting on pins and needles at this point.

I guess you can figure from my cover picture that the band I have chosen is AC/DC.
Go big or go home I guess.
The song is tailor made for their style of rock.
I studied their lyrics and songs for many weeks, watching interviews etc..

I decided to blog about this because it was proving difficult for me to tell each person individually.
I hope you can follow along with me on my adventure now

I want to thank my husband Paul, and Stacey for supporting me along the way. (even though Paul thought I was scary at first) and the rest of my family…I love you.
Thanks to my good friend, who thinks I am a reincarnation of some “dead” rock song writer..that one always makes me snicker..
Thanks to all of my friends for reading my song and encouraging me to do something with it.
The work is almost all done, and the waiting is about to begin.
I am sending AC/DC management a registered letter as soon as James has the awesome, epic, mindblowing picture ready.
Please stand by………..peace…Donna…


Country Boy

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

This old tractor was just sittin in my clients yard forgotten so I used it as a backdrop to photograph her son.  Hopefully she is now aware of the potential that this “prop” has.


Just Let The Kids Play

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

You have heard me say it before, sometimes the best images are when your subjects are not even looking at the camera.  We just finished the “water” session with the family and kids were having some fun before the next shoot.  I just love the faces of the two brothers as their sister takes control with the splashing.


Hanging With Other Photographers

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

This week I got the pleasure to hang out with Kevin & Mariza Bissonnette of at their home studio to talk shop and discuss lighting techniques and marketing.  I think it’s good practice to get to know the other photographers in your area and not treat them like “competition” but more like “allies” in the trade.   It’s great when you have other photographers that you can bounce ideas off each other, help out if they need it, or request help if you need it. 

The image below was taken at Kevins studio where we were discussing different lighting techniques and how to get those big  O’l catchlights in those beautiful eyes.


The Newman Family Are On The Wall.

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Now that Chris, Kirsti and Aila have picked up their wall portraits for their home I can now post some more images from their family portraits session.  We love the fact that some of these images will be hanging on their walls for years to come, everytime they walk into a room they will remember their family at this moment.   If you are going to put some sort of art on your wall, why not make it a portrait of your family?

Sudbury Family Portraits
Sudbury Family Portraits
Sudbury Family Portraits
Sudbury Family Portraits
Sudbury Family Portraits
Sudbury Family Portraits


Our Clients Are Our Friends

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Yesterday (on our day off) Joce and I had the pleasure of hanging out with our good friends Cindy & Gaston.  We opted for a motorcycle ride to Manitoulin Island, a trip that we have planned for a few months now, but unfortunately has been rained out everytime.  Even yesterday as we left our driveway, the showers started, but by the time we got into Lively the skies cleared and we had beautiful weather for the rest of the day.  We have said this before and we LOVE the fact that is keeps getting proven to us year after year, our clients are our friends.  We met Cindy & Gaston (and their lovely family) when we photographed their wedding at the Saenchiur Flechey Resort just over 3 years ago.  I remember being at their reception after we were all said and done and the both of them sat at our table talking to us for quite some time.  This was their wedding, with all their family and friends, but they sat at our table and we chatted for a good 45 minutes.  I also remember after being there for the first 15 minutes as Cindy was getting ready, looked at Joce and I and said “I am SO GLAD you two are here”.  Little things like this stick with us for a long long time.

Sudbury Wedding Photography
Sudbury Wedding Photography
Sudbury Wedding Photography
After the wedding was all said and done we agreed that we would get together another time and “just hang out”.  It’s hard you know, to find the time.  We are busy, they are busy (running a successful dairy farm and raising 3 wonderful children) but we seem to  make time at least once a year.  It isn’t a lot, but we do jam pack it with memorable experiences.   The next time we met was at their farm where Cindy & Gaston took us out horseback riding on their property.  I can ride a motorcycle, a horse?…………..not so much, but it was fun, and after that we photographed their family portrait as the sun was setting and the wind was dying down.

Sudbury Wedding Photography
Here are some images of the from the wedding, to their family portrait to our recent  fathers favorites event.

Sudbury Wedding Photography

_Sudbury Wedding Photography
It’s amazing how they change in such little time.  These girls are growing up to be beautiful ladies.

Sudbury Wedding Photography
Sudbury Wedding Photography

Sudbury Wedding Photography
Sudbury Wedding Photography
Sudbury Wedding Photography
Sudbury Wedding Photography
You never know, I might be in this business long enough to photograph their weddings, wouldn’t THAT be something?  It’s amazing how we get to see these ladies grow up year after year, and Jocelyne and myself feel very privileged to be the ones to capture those transitions.  But let’s not forget about Cindy & Gaston eh?  We had a great ride yesterday checking out Bridal Veil Falls, having fish ‘N’ chips of course and let’s not forget Farquars ice cream “TIGER TAIL” (that’s my favorite), finishing it off with some Hodgy’s Famous BBQ and Cindy’s famous Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips.

Luckily I remembered to pack the Canon G11 in the saddle bag.

Sudbury Wedding Photography

Sudbury Wedding Photography
Sudbury Wedding Photography
Sudbury Wedding Photography
Let’s hope that year does not go by between visits OK?

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