Photo of the Week: Napo River Project Update

October 30th, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

This week’s POTW is from the Napo River in Peru, the site of our current collaboration with the University of British Columbia’s Division of Global Health. This collaboration consists of an education program to foster safe fish consumption and nutrition habits in communities around the Napo River. The river is the primary source of transportation, drinking water, and food for the people of the region. In this photo, taken by Erick Carreras, Norberto and his father Teddy are about to assist with fish sampling as part of the program. Stay tuned for more updates about this exciting project!

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Focus on Change 2014 Photos Now Available!

October 28th, 2014

Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

Every year photographers and creative professionals from all over the world donate their time and skills to Compassionate Eye Foundation’s annual Focus on Change campaign. So far in 2014 we have had nine photographers and six unique photoshoots in cities across Canada, the United States, and Europe! We are excited to announce that the first of these images are now available for sale.

Real Families Photoshoot

On June 1 the Focus on Change 2014 Photoshoot Tour kicked off with a photoshoot in London. The day was led by photographers Natasha Alipour-Faridani and Will Douglas and the theme explored concepts of modern, everyday families and lifestyles.

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More images like these can now be purchased from the CEF collection in partnership with Getty Images.

Why buy from CEF?

Revenue earned from the sale and licensing of CEF imagery support development projects across the globe. So far in 2014 we have funded a support program for vulnerable children in Ethiopia, trained teachers in Sierra Leone, and continued support for a school and preschool in Guatemala. We have also funded two projects in Cambodia which will be announced soon. Help us continue to make a difference in the world by sharing our cause with friends and colleagues who may be in need of a stock image!

The People of CEF: Lauren Girdler

October 26th, 2014

Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

10405623_10152232946272551_5912378035132877815_nAs an international non-profit organization, Compassionate Eye Foundation depends on the hard work of talented individuals willing to donate their time and expertise. We appreciate this and would like to once again recognize one of our outstanding volunteers!

Lauren Girdler is the Vancouver-based marketing manager at Savox Communications, a manufacturer of radio accessories and search and rescue equipment. Early in 2014 Lauren joined the CEF community as our editor, a position in which she regularly uses her keen eye for detail and editing skills to review all content for the blog, website, and newsletter before it is made public. She is responsible for providing general grammar and punctuation edits, as well as clarification on content – it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!

Lauren was first introduced to the world of commercial imagery through a previous job as an instructional designer, in which she would spend hours searching stock photography banks. When she came across the CEF opportunity in an online volunteer posting, she felt a real connection to our funding model. In her own words, she “really liked the idea of supporting sustainability and educational projects around the world”, and we couldn’t agree more!

Currently Lauren is building a consistent writing style guide for all contributing writers within CEF, which will be promoted throughout our entire organization. And when she is not doing this, she enjoys spending her time travelling, cooking, doing yoga, or playing soccer.

From all of us at CEF, a huge thank you to Lauren for your continued hard work!

Photo of the Week: Fall Is Here

October 23rd, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

Most of us enjoy our coffee all year round, but there’s no time like fall to enjoy that perfect cup of joe. Although many of CEF’s photoshoots take place during the summer during our Focus on Change photoshoot tours, many of our images, like this photograph, are perfect for fall and winter use, including the upcoming holiday season. Check out our Getty Images collection for our newest images from our 2014 photoshoots.

Photo of the Week: Real Families Shoot

October 19th, 2014

Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

How did you spend your Canadian Thanksgiving last week? Perhaps it gave you the chance to contemplate the great things that have occurred in your life, or maybe you spent it with your loved ones over a delicious meal. This week’s chosen photograph represents the joyous time that might have taken place over this past long weekend, and it is from Natasha Alipour-Faridani and Will Douglas’ images from the Real Families photoshoot. These are the first of the images to go up for sale on Getty from this year’s Focus on Change 2014 Photoshoot Tour campaign. Stay tuned for the rest!

Reflections from our Chair

October 12th, 2014

Dan Rogers, Board Chair

As we near the end of 2014 we once again asked Dan Rogers to reflect on some of his recent experiences as the Compassionate Eye Foundation board chair:

One of my roles with Compassionate Eye Foundation is to prepare the deposits as we receive cheques in the mail. The deposit book for Canadian dollars is almost finished, so I took a quick look back to August of 2006 when the first deposit was recorded. As I started to flip forward, I was astonished by the people who are recorded in this ledger. Each name reflects someone who has been inspired to give to CEF over the years. It is one (and only one) record of our history of giving and compassion over the past 10 years, but it speaks volumes.

I emphasize “only one” because CEF doesn’t ask for donations in line with the traditional fundraising paradigm. We are different in our fundraising model because we almost exclusively generate “new” revenue. We get donations because people are inspired to give them and we are always grateful. But I’m certain that there are just as many people who have contributed to CEF through time and energy as those that have donated money.

I experienced a great example of that on September 13 when the wonderful photographic artists from Hero Images in Calgary descended on the fabulous office space donated for the day by our own Board member Ryan Bragg. Six board members visited during the day to watch the wizardry spun by these talented and fun loving folks. Hero Images had set aside a full day from their busy schedule to help out CEF and this was all made possible with the expert assistance of Amy Jones, our local producer who just makes magic happen. We on the board talked to the models, the makeup artists, and the assistants about CEF. They wanted to talk about where the money goes and what projects we support; everyone appeared to have a great time.

Later that weekend, several board members firmed up plans to visit one of our great partners, Kids International, in Cambodia in January of 2015. Board members pay their own way to go on these trips, but the reward is incredible. It reinforces why we do what we do and allows us to talk to others about the work that CEF funds, and to tell the story of the connection between the deposit book and the fabulously intricate shoots that are produced across the world.

CEF is both complicated and simple. There are a lot of moving pieces that I (and others) try to keep track of. But really CEF is just about compassion and giving and helping to make lives better in parts of the world where “better” is so modest for some but so huge for others. I love that so many people believe in that simple vision.

Photo of the Week: Collaboration in the Workplace

October 7th, 2014

Robyn Goldsmith, Social Media Coordinator

This week, we thought we’d bring your another from our recent Business Entrepreneurs Shoot with Julie Francoeur and Renaud Robert. The workplace they’ve created looks like a fantastic place to work – hip, collaborative, and forward-thinking. We had a Q&A session with Julie Francoeur about her work with Compassionate Eye, in whch she described how much she enjoys these shoots: “It’s always an amazing feeling when you get to help a wonderful cause but when you get together as a team of photographers, models, assistants, stylists, and makeup artist, the mood just becomes electric. It really is one of the best shoots I do every year.”


What do you think? We want to know!

October 4th, 2014

Jenn Laidlaw, Blog Manager

It’s important to check in from time-to-time and see if what we’re doing works for you. Our fantastic, dedicated team of volunteers puts a lot of thought into what we think you want to know about Compassionate Eye Foundation. This includes CEF news and information about our projects, photos, people, and partners. How are we doing? Are we hitting the mark? This is your chance to give us some constructive feedback to help guide CEF in our content focus and creation. Help us keep you inspired and informed!

Leave us a comment

Please leave a comment on this post letting us know what you think of the stories we post – what you love and what you want to see more of or less of. What interests you about CEF? While you are at it, why not share a little bit about yourself: are you a volunteer, a partner, a creative? Are you interested in photography or do you use CEF photos in marketing campaigns? Do you support giving?

Giving back

We know that our supporters come from all corners of the globe and are interested in different aspects of who we are and what we do. We support the idea of giving back through our photoshoots, our stock images, and our projects. We also see our blog as a way to give back – through telling stories and providing you with knowledge and inspiration as a thank you for supporting us.

Q&A with Photographer Julie Francoeur: Montreal Business Entrepreneur Shoot

September 30th, 2014

Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

August 17 marked another stop on the Focus on Change 2014 Photoshoot Tour. A team of creative professionals led by talented lifestyle photographer Julie Francoeur gathered at an office space in Montreal to put on a Business Entrepreneur Shoot. We caught up with Julie to find out more…

CEF: You have worked with us once before in 2013, what made you want to get involved for another year?

Julie: My shoot last year was just so much fun! It’s always an amazing feeling when you get to help a wonderful cause but when you get together as a team of photographers, models, assistants, stylists, and makeup artist, the mood just becomes electric. It really is one of the best shoots I do every year.

CEF: Tell me a bit about the Business Entrepreneur theme. Why did you pick this theme?

Julie: I shot a business team last year, with a part more formal and a part more creative. I worked as a designer myself so I can really relate with the more fun vibrant colourful side of the business. That is why this year we decided to shoot fashion designers, architects, young entrepreneurs, and co-working themes.

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CEF: Where was the shoot held?

Julie:We shot in two locations: a high end furniture showroom and a creative business office. Both locations were in the same amazing building, which was ideal in term of practicality. A big thanks needs to be given to Bruce Burnett, president of Antrev for granting us access to those sites.

CEF:  Who was involved in the shoot?

Julie: We were a team of 16 people, so some thanks are in order. Thank you to Renaud Robert who was the second photographer, our models Kim Tran, Julie Brière Beauchesne, Ronel Moug, Julie Katharina Langelier, Kesia Lagacé, Yazid Harmali, Raphaël Richard, and Raza Khan, stylist Valérie Brousseau, makeup artist Sana Mrad, production assistant Izabela Desda, photography assistant Christian Théus, and, videographer Jon Gorsozlu!

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CEF: What was the environment like at the shoot?

Julie: The mood on set was so great and so much fun. As always, Christian Théus, our photography assistant was there to make everyone smile. We pretty much laughed all day, enough that one of the challenge of the day was getting those serious expressions. By the end of the day, it felt like we were a big family!

Photos from the shoot will soon be available on the Compassionate Eye Foundation Getty Images collection and revenues earned will support international health, education, and sustainability projects

Photo of the Week: #CEFxHeroImages

September 18th, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

On September 13, Compassionate Eye Foundation and Hero Images had the exciting experience of collaborating on a business-themed photoshoot at the Perkins + Will offices in Vancouver. Drew Myers, Rebecca Frick, and Beau Lark of the Calgary-based photography company flew in to Vancouver and volunteered their time and talent in contributing to CEF’s mission. Photographs from the shoot will be added to our Getty Images collection in the upcoming months; but for now, we can enjoy behind-the-scenes shots like this one, showing photographer Beau Lark in action! Visit our Storify account to read more about the #CEFxHeroImages collaboration.

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