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Wow, so the last time I’ve managed to post was May 2012, huh?…clearly I’m winning at this whole blogging thing?!  Well, goodness.

There’s so much that has happened in the last year+, and I hope to have the chance to share it all very soon.  But in an attempt to address my inspiration for writing in the first place (you can all thank her at the end), I’d like to keep to a single topic – my friend of 23 years, Amanda Waltman.

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I met Amanda in 2nd grade.  We became inseparable *almost instantly (*to be completely honest, like all of my great friendships, I did not like her at first…analyze that!)  When they were able to separate us, we were tying up the phone lines with our teeny bopper jabber about *whatever 7-16yr olds talk about (*boys, music groups, boys, tv talk shows, boys) for most of the day.  I think we hit the 8 hour mark once, maybe twice – and that is likely under estimating our mad skillz.  (Even now it’s hard to get off the phone with each other in under 20 minutes!?)  Our parents would even have us join in on family vacations, because that is essentially what we became; family.

So, it’s perhaps to no one’s surprise that we fell into the same career path. (I’m still a little taken aback by it, but it fits us).

After growing up together being gaga over the same boy bands and boy crushes, we started college with the same degree of concentration (photography) and worked together at the same portrait studio.  It wasn’t until then that we started to find a slight ‘Y’ in the road, and I found my photographic voice through food, while she kept at photographing babies and families.  Every once in a while we’d meet at that dip of the ‘Y’ to photograph pets together, but that’s mostly Amanda’s thing now – while I keep to cookbooks and other food related projects.

Rarely do we have the chance to go out shooting together anymore – our time is so limited with work, when our schedules do manage to align we’d rather sit with a cocktail and sushi, and jabber about *whatever 30yr olds talk about (*boys, tv shows, work, boys, family, work, boys).  But we finally made a plan to go out and take pictures – of each other.  Truth be told, we both were in dire need of some updated head shots (mine was from 2010 – and I’ve surprised at least one person with my very opposite of a pixie cut recently).

We decided to take a day trip to the beloved Port Townsend, and for late May in Seattle it turned out to be a beautiful day for pictures…perhaps too beautiful (‘Yay!’ for God’s diffusion panels aka clouds, or in our case, trees)

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(ferry ride, and a much-needed visit to one of my favorite coffee shops)

After some yummy salmon chowder and house made chai at Better Living Through Coffee (why didn’t I think to start that business in that exact location first!? – I’m not sure it get’s much better than that coffee shop…I digress) we headed to Fort Worden to find the magic light.  All the while jabbering away…if you couldn’t tell already, that is just what we do.

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We arrange a photo shoot like this every couple of years – she has always been my go-to headshot photographer, and somehow I end up being hers?  And every time she makes it so easy to turn the camera on her that I begin to wonder if I should be shooting more portraits…but I’m pretty sure that what you see is more Amanda’s skills than my own. (don’t be fooled)

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Without trying, this was actually a more significant process of taking pictures than we had originally planned.  You see – we both turn 30 this year.  Amanda did back in February, and had regretted its rapid approach for about 5 years…I, on the other hand, have been excited to dive into my 30’s for probably those exact same 5 years. (My birthday is at the end of this month)  So it quickly became apparent not only the history that we both hold as friends, but the milestone that we were both documenting of each other – a milestone that we have managed to witness, together, as friends/sisters.  Officially adults.  In the middle of our crazy, wonderful, freelancing careers that we worked hard side by side to create.  Still learning, still finding balance, but well on our way – with a support system that is above and beyond rare a find.

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Thanks for the new headshots, Panda!

Let’s go on another photo adventure again soon – maybe cap it off with some sushi?!

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Love,

C

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I made a conscious decision last year to make 2009 all about me.  I know it sounds selfish, but I feel it was the best choice I could have made at the time.  And honestly look at where I am today?  Had I not worked towards what I really wanted for myself, I am quite positive I would not be typing this and looking out the window at the Eiffel Tower all in the same instant.

But, nice as it is, to be in the little world of “me, myself, and I”, it’s time to shake things up a bit.  Bring in some balance.

2010, for me, is all about giving back.

This last month, I participated in a portrait project called, Help Portrait.  Best to have a look at the site, but in a nutshell, it was inspired by a photographer named Jeremy Cowart, who felt that the world needed to smile more.

For one day, photographers from all over the world organized an event and shot portraits for people in need (of a smile, of some inspiration, of a new beginning…) asking for nothing in return (in fact, we were instructed to delete the images from our hard drives once the images were printed and given to the subjects).  I participated in the Paris community, and had such a wonderful time.  In a world so full of complications, it was nice to be reminded of the genuine human spirit.  It was something I knew I had to keep pursuing.

So, I begin this year with an idea, a project of sorts (the first of many, I hope).

I’ve never done this to such a capacity before, but I think it is about time that I have an art print sale.

*UPDATE* Cut off to order prints is February 22nd 2010!!! So please get your order in before that date.  Thanks! 🙂

I’m calling it “My Dream in Prints” – and all of the images available for purchase are from these last few months (aside from one, which I decided to include because it helped me get to Paris).   I can’t believe I’ve managed to come up with a whole catalog!

Here’s just a taste…

With each purchase, 25% of art print and postcard sales and 30% of canvas sales will go straight into the hands of the Make a Wish Foundation.

There are PLENTY of charities that I have my interest in working with, everywhere from the topic of breast cancer, humane societies, to art enriching programs (all of which will likely get my attention at some point this year and beyond).  But Make a Wish struck a chord in me when it comes to what I am doing here.  Without getting too sappy like some previous posts…(you probably already ‘get’ the story) it is a foundation that exists to make dreams come true.  Everyone deserves the experience that I have had – no matter what their dream is.

So, I am using the outcome of my dream to hopefully help fulfill someone else’s dream.  Simple as that.

Here is a link to the catalog gallery.  The images can also be seen in ‘full’ scale at www.charitylynne.com, select ‘client proofs’, and the password is “dream“. (image numbers for ordering purposes are at the top left corner).

At the bottom of this entry you will find the Price list and Order form in PDF format.  I tried to make the Order form as user-friendly as possible – you can fill it out on your computer (with Acrobat Reader), and if you click on my email address (see form), it will actually mail your completed form directly to me (I was impressed).

I encourage you to pass this around to your friends, tweet, blog, facebook, or good old-fashioned email.

Thank you so much for your continued support – it really has been very overwhelming!

Here’s to a new decade – may it be full of love, laughter, and fulfilled dreams!

Thanks so much for looking.

*UPDATE* Cut off to order prints is February 22nd 2010!!! So please get your order in before that date.  Thanks! 🙂

Take care,

Charity

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…why I don’t delete things off my hard drive (hardly ever).

I know, it is something that I need to work on, but I have a really hard time deleting even the most ‘blurry’, ‘blinking’, or ‘hard-to-distinguish-what-it-even-is’ photos…most of the time, they are in fact, just taking up space.  And I even had the grand idea of just going into Lightroom, selecting every image that has never seen a flag, star, or color code in its little existence, and pressing the delete key – and I’m not talking about the “remove from Lightroom” option.

But while I was in search for a particular food image on my hard drive, hoping that maybe just maybe I was crafty enough to include it on my travel drive, I came across an image I had never given a second glance…

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It was one of the very first images taken during the photo shoot (isn’t that always the way?), so I’m sure I just dismissed it as a test shot.

But seeing it now, it really got me inspired.

So I went through a few more of the images, to see what else I’d been missing.

 

Now, you’re probably wondering – wait, what’s with the ballerina?!…

Yeah, I know – “Stick with food Charity”…this was a shoot I did years ago, back in school, in fact.

Pictured is Trista Kite, a (retired) ballerina – now dance instructor in the Seattle area.

 

Here are a two that made the cut, even during the first round of editing, still favorites of mine.

 

Why I had these images on my travel drive and not the food image I was searching for, I don’t know…just fate, I guess.

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One of the things that brought me to Paris (finally!), was an opportunity given to me by the first annual Festival International de la Photographie Culinaire. They asked me to be one of their participating photographers for the event, and I just couldn’t say “non”.
The event started on November 6th and will be running through November 15th.
Here’s an excerpt of some of the details about the juried portion of the event (just because I can barely keep it all straight):

“The inauguration of the exhibition will take place on Thursday the 5th in Bercy Village, and the Awards ‘ Ceremony the following Thursday (12th of November) in the Mobalpa Mansion (the trophies ‘Les Lentilles d’Or’ made by Raynaud will be attributed for the 3 Awards: Public Prize, Culinary Heritage Prize, and the Festival Grand Prize)

The jury of the Festival Grand Prize, chaired by Edouard Cointreau, will count the following personnalities : John Stewart, Bruce J. Seidel, Amy Koblenzer from Gourmet Magazine, etc.

The jury for the Culinary Heritage Prize will be chaired by the senator Catherine Dumas (who is the president of the Club ‘La table Française’), and will be composed by 10 members of the French Parliament acting in the Food Industry and Gastronomy.”

What made me most excited, and then most sad a day later – Amy Koblenzer’s presence from Gourmet Magazine…The day after I got this listing of jurors, Gourmet announced it was closing. It was indeed a sad day.

So far I’ve only been to the Bercy Village location. It’s this cute little outdoor ‘mall’ sort of area with row upon row of restaurants (and at the end of the row there appears to be a movie theatre). The images were outside in these public corridors – for all eyes to see – 37 photographers in total, we each had one image at this location, all sized at 120x80cm. (at the second location, Mobalpa, we have two other images, a bit smaller).

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I’m the fish tail…aka “Rainbow Trout” (thanks Springfield)

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As you can see, I took some ‘snapshots’ of the event – nothing fancy.

On the walls they have these large posters with all of the photographers names listed on them (as the public has the chance to vote as well) – it was kind of neat to see my name in large print like that 🙂

At the opening, they served us champagne, whiskey, freshly shucked oysters (quite literally there were two 18yr old boys breaking a sweat trying to shuck as fast as they could!), some fresh bread and yummy cheese spread, and a table full of Laduree macarons and Belgium chocolates.

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…and my sad attempt at taking a photo of me with my photo (how adorable…)

Ah yes!  And the program – my favorite part!

When you are just too lazy to walk around to see what everyone has done (or can’t speak a lick of French to start-up a conversation), they made a very nice program with all of the photographers inside.  A little blurb about who they are, what they have done (in both French and English), and the three images that they have submitted for the show.

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This last set of images is not mine, but a photographer from France whose work caught my eye.  I absolutely loved his large print!  Beautiful work, and very evident that he still uses a 4×5 (I’m slightly jealous).

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There may be more on this topic coming up, as the award ceremony is this Thursday.  So don’t be surprised if you find me posting more images from the other location here in a few days.

I’m truly honored to be in this show full of so many talented photographers from all around the world.  It’s so lovely.

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One of the phrases that I heard a lot from my friends and family before I left for Paris was, “wow! I can’t believe you are FINALLY doing this! For as long as I’ve known you, you’ve talked about going!”

This is a true statement.

I was the teenage girl with Eiffel Towers EVERYWHERE in my room, when I went to college – it only got worse, and even now I have at least one room in my house (usually the kitchen – oddly enough) devoted to Parisian photos and the Eiffel Tower.  I don’t know what it is about that structure, but it just speaks to me.  I love it.

So, having surrounded myself with images, lamps, ornaments, bottles, and key chains of the Tour Eiffel for well over a decade, I was very excited to see it in person – face to face.  I’ve always joked that I would give it a big hug once I saw it.  (…I didn’t…or rather, I couldn’t.)

I decided Monday was the day, to finally meet it in person.  It was an odd phenomenon, coming to terms with making this dream of mine a reality.  I’d finally get to meet this structure that has been in my life longer than most of my friends…that’s a lot of pressure.

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When I was describing my day to a friend back home, I used an analogy that seemed quite fitting for when I finally saw it in front of me:  “We’ve all had those jobs, retail-customer service type jobs, where you see loads of people all day long, and you have to put on this sort of ‘show’ – and then one day, unexpectedly, one of your good friends walks in – and for a split second you don’t even recognize them, your brain has to reprocess itself so that your eyes understand that who you are seeing is someone familiar.  Well…that is pretty much what happened…”

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I was walking by a construction site of all things, and I knew I as close, but I was heading in the wrong direction.  I turned towards the construction site to try to get my bearings, and I see the top of the tower…I thought it was what they were building.  And then it just hit me – that’s it!

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…this was a HUGE goal of mine, to see the Eiffel Tower, and to be in Paris.  And I did it – with help from the most amazing friends and family a girl could ever ask for, I made it here.  Before Monday, the Eiffel Tower was a symbol of my dreams and aspirations – now, it is a symbol of my accomplishments.  It’s an amazing feeling.

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Hopefully a more food related post next time guys, thanks for humoring me with all of my ‘touristy’ stuff.

 

 

 

 

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Life has been pretty chaotic around these parts this last month or so…actually all summer really…but who’s taking score?…
I feel like I’ve been networking my little tail off, and meeting a LOT of great people in the process – it has been very enriching!
I almost feel weird leaving it all in the next two weeks…but I’m taking what I know and have learned, and I’m bringing it with me to Paris.  Yup, I’m going to Paris.

And, yes, you will get to hear all about my adventures, travels, and *fingers crossed* work, right here on this blog.
I give you permission to live vicariously through my “wide eyes”, in fact I encourage it!

But in an act of playing catch up – I present to you a few images that I took nearly a month ago now (back when Italian plums were just starting to fall off the trees from ripeness)
I worked with a gal named Sarah, who is looking to start her own business making yummy pastries and cookies. I was very happy to be there to taste test 🙂 I think she will do just fine.

Our theme for the shoot?…well, plums of course.

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And while we are on the subject of plums…and being really busy…

CharityPlums-11One of the people who has been keeping me busy this last month is, Lara Ferroni.  Man, can she crack the whip!…just kidding.

Quite the opposite, Lara is one of the most down-to-earth and fun people whom I’ve ever had the chance to work under.  She was so very generous with her time and equipment and insight and doughnuts…just everything. (not to mention her pup, Leo, such a teddy bear.  Leo is the best!)

I feel very honored that she took me under her wing like she did, and allowed me to be a part of her world for a better part of a month.  I learned so much, and even better yet, found out that I was already doing a lot of the things that she does on a regular basis.  It’s little things like that which help ease the mind, and make me feel as though “I’m going in the right direction”…

These last two plum images are from me playing in Lara’s studio, with her pretty 90mm tilt shift lens, and overwhelming supply of props(!)…I settled for simple, because that’s what I do.

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So, stay tuned – I may have one more post out before I head to ‘Paree’, and then it is all about the ‘little American girl in Paris’ for a few months.

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