March 2008 Archive - Divine Reflections Photography Blog

365 Faces of Chico -- Information and Call for Nominations

Now that I'm a little over a month into my 365 Faces of Chico project, it's time for me to take a couple of minutes to explain why I'm doing the project and exactly what the project will entail.

Summary of Purpose

To draw attention to an often unrecognized segment of the population of Chico: those who are serving.

Background and Project Details

After experiencing several significant losses in my personal life, it became a personal challenge and goal to search daily for the beauty that surrounds me. I had never noticed much of this beauty before, but I quickly began to realize how many people possess it. And most go unnoticed by the rest of the population as well. However, the results of these people's contributions have a deep impact on our community.

So, the purpose of my project is to draw increased attention to these positive contributions in the face of an ever present focus on the negative in our society. It is also my hope that seeing each face and reading each person's story will ignite a hunger in others to recognize and give thanks for amazing beauty that surrounds us in our deeply depraved world.

With these goals in mind, here are the parameters I will follow as I create my portraits:

  • I will create 365 different portraits within 365 days.
  • These portraits will be of people who are making a positive contribution to the Chico community.
  • These portraits will be of people I have never photographed before.

Call for Nominations

Do you know someone who should be recognized in this project? If so, we would like to hear from you. Please send us an email or contact us using our web form.

Posted by Crystal on March 25, 2008 at 8:00AM.

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Robin - Face #40

The journey to motherhood is not unlike a fingerprint; everyone's is a bit different. However, some women face more barriers and challenges during the process than others. Robin is a beautiful, sweet spirited, and passionate mommy of two darling children. What started as one of the happiest events of her life, the birth of her daughter, turned into a battle for her life. After over 30 hours in labor Robin gave birth to a healthy baby girl. That process, however, damaged a main artery leading to her uterus. A few weeks later, Robin underwent surgery and received a blood transfusion that saved her life.

Robin now works at the Chico center for BloodSource working to recruit able donors who are willing to give a bit of their time and a little of their blood so that other lives can be saved as well.

Thank you, Robin, for taking your time to educate me about the need for blood donors and to remind me of how much beauty one person can have!

And if you have not donated blood and are qualified to do so, you really should donate soon. The next person who needs a life-saving blood transfusion might just be you.

Posted by Crystal on March 24, 2008 at 10:34PM.

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Kristina - Face #39

Kristina is my hero for the day. Why? Simply because she is a bearer of wonderful cinnamon deliciousness in a gooey, frosted ring of pleasure. That's right, she works at Chico's new Cinnabon.

Kristina is a Chico native and is currently serving a little bit of pleasure in a bun to the guests visiting the Chico Mall. Kristina is probably left in the shadows of the glorious cinnamon goodness, with patrons taking her work in the process for granted. Ah! But, Kristina, we are so thankful for all of your hard work, even if it does affect our waistlines!

Posted by Crystal on March 20, 2008 at 10:00PM.

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Valerie - Face #38

Some people are pleasant, some are perky, and some are cute. Valerie is all of the above and blushes easily to boot. Valerie has a very important job that many often overlook; she is a photo technician at a local Walgreens. Many hurriedly hand deliver or email their precious memories — caught digitally or on film — without giving the process or the people any thought. Thank you, Valerie, for all that you do and for giving me a few minutes of your time!

Posted by Crystal on March 19, 2008 at 10:38PM.

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Emily - Face #37

Bringing a little bit of Greece to Chico, Emily works at one of Chico's quaint little downtown restaurants called Sultan's Bistro. Emily has kept busy preparing Greek food at this establishment for a little over a year, and she greets each guest with a smile.

Thanks, Emily, for all of your hard work, it is deliciously appreciated!

Posted by Crystal on March 18, 2008 at 10:24PM.

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Isabelle - Face #36

So precious and sweet, Isabelle has an amazing spirit. She embodies the joy a child can bring and the joy of which all of us need to be reminded. Precious and loving, she brings hope for the future of the children of Chico.

Thanks, Isabelle, for reminding me about the beauty in the little things and to never stop being curious. We love you!

Posted by Crystal on March 17, 2008 at 11:15PM.

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