Photo of the Week: Business Entrepreneur Shoot

August 21st, 2014

Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

Doesn’t this image perfectly portray the idea of ‘work hard, play hard’? This behind the scenes shot was taken at last Sunday’s Business Entrepreneur shoot in Montreal.  The creation of new imagery will generate funds we will use to support projects in developing communities and we look forward to improving lives around the world. Thanks to talented photographers Julie Francoeur and Renaud Robert for giving their time and efforts! 


Photo of the Week: Upcoming Business Shoot

August 14th, 2014

Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

This week’s chosen image is a reflection of an upcoming Focus on Change 2014 Photo Shoot Tour event, which will be a business shoot tentatively scheduled for September 13 in Vancouver! This photo was taken by Beau Lark, who, along with a few other photographers from Hero Images, will spend the day creating stock photography. Money earned from the upcoming shoot will help support Compassionate Eye Foundation‘s global projects, such as the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia, a Partners in the Horn of Africa project we recently funded.

Stay tuned as CEF’s 2014 shoots continue to heat up!

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Photo of the Week: Vancouver Pool Party Shoot

August 6th, 2014

Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

July 29th was a beautiful sunny day and the perfect backdrop for the latest stop on the Focus on Change 2014 Photo Shoot Tour. A talented  cast and crew gathered in Vancouver to put on a successful pool party themed shoot led by photographer Steven Errico. Check out the rest of the behind the scenes collection on Facebook!

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Q&A with Art Director Vicki Schelstraete: Toronto Food Shoot

August 3rd, 2014

Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

CEFThe Focus on Change 2014 Photo Shoot Tour continues: On July 29th, a talented crew of Compassionate Eye Foundation volunteers and contributors come together at a studio in Toronto to put on a successful food themed shoot.

Edward Pond, a commercial advertising photographer, shared his skills free of charge as photographer, and the art direction was led by Vicki Schelstraete and Felicia Cohen. Paige Weir and LeeAnne Wright volunteered their time and expertise as stylists, and Sandra Yang on hair and makeup. We would also like to thank all our fantastic volunteer models from Sherrida Model Management and Orange Models.

We caught up with Vicki to find out more about the mouth-watering theme of the shoot:

CEF: Tell us about the Food theme.

Vicki: We selected a dozen different foods that were seasonal and graphic and shot them in three different set-ups per food. First, there was the ‘hero’ shot of a single food. Next we did a group shot or conceptual shot of the food, and finally, an enjoyment or consumption of the food by a model. For example, the ‘hero’ shot of the strawberry was a close up of a luscious red strawberry. The group shot was various strawberries on a white background or in a bowl or basket. The third shot was a model holding or biting into a strawberry.

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CEF: What went into the art direction?

VickiWe selected foods that were already prepared so that we would save time on food prep. We would switch back and forth from shooting the foods on their own (on a white background or a rustic table top) until models were ready then we switched over to the model with the food – back and forth with a very nice flow going thanks to our food stylist LeeAnne’s great timing. Photographing models while eating is always a challenge and can be somewhat limiting, but of course there are the classic images of hands holding and offering a pile of juicy berries. I don’t think I’ve ever looked so closely or for so long at a single food – you’re always looking for that perfect berry, perfect apple or perfect sprinkly donut for a close-up!

CEF: Can you describe the atmosphere of the shoot?

Vicki: Everyone was very organized so we were able to transition quite smoothly between each food. It was a very relaxed and organic shoot until the twin girls arrived in the afternoon and we fed them every sugary food that was on set – the energy immediately changed and I can only imagine the sugar-high the girls were on during their long car ride home!

Images from the shoot will be sold through the CEF collection on Getty Images and all funds earned will used to fund education, health, and sustainability projects around the globe.

And don’t forget to explore the behind the scenes collection on Facebook!

Photo of the Week

July 24th, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

This photo highlights an idea central to Compassionate Eye Foundation‘s growth as an organization: connecting with others. We have managed to fulfill our goals through connecting with other organizations like Kids International Development Society and Getty Images. We have also connected with talented photographers and volunteers worldwide in order to create beautiful stock photography. And, of course, we’ve also been able to connect with communities in Cambodia, Guatemala, and many more. Don’t forget to visit our website and learn more about our international development projects!

A New Look at Stock Photography with Getty Images

July 18th, 2014

Eunice Sotelo,  Social Media Coordinator

On March 6, 2014,  Getty Images redefined the way we look at and use stock photographs. It made freely available 35 million of its images including news, sports, entertainment and archival photographs for non-commercial use. Anyone with a social media profile, a blog or personal website can embed Getty’s stock photographs at no cost through its new embedding tool. For Compassionate Eye Foundation, it means increased visibility of our images and consequently a wider audience of potential buyers whose purchase will help fund our global projects. Getty’s decision was an attempt to stem the rampant right-clicking of images to copy and paste without permission, and the embed player is a way to counter this widespread online behaviour. Even editorial websites can avail of this free-for-all as long as the images are used in an editorial context. Each photograph, shown without a watermark, will include the full metadata, the photographer’s name, collection and Getty’s logo, as well as a link back to the image’s licensing page on the Getty Images website.

The Getty Images embed player, which lets users search over 50 million embeddable images.

The Getty Images embed player, which lets users search over 50 million embeddable images.

The bold move was not without a mixed bag of responses, from cautious optimism to outright rebuke. Independent photographers have bemoaned the loss of potential income with photographs being given away for free. Still, one can argue that the standard for what’s visually appealing can only improve if the public gets exposed to more quality images. It follows that this newfound appreciation adds value to the photographer’s art, hence driving the need for images of a higher calibre; and this is the clincher for us. When you share one of our stock images on social media, both CEF and the photographer receive the proper credit. Since the photo also includes a direct link back to the Getty collection from which it belongs, a viewer with a commercial need for the image can now license it directly from Getty’s website. Through the embed player, the stock agency can also gather information on who is using and viewing that image, in the hopes of improving the collections. We see this as a good thing. We not only get more exposure for our stock photographs on Getty, our photographers get the proper recognition for their hard work. By sharing our stock images online, you not only spread the word about our talented volunteers, you also help promote our cause.

Photo of the Week

July 17th, 2014

In Hye Lee, Social Media Coordinator

Doesn’t this photo get you even more excited about the summer? This week’s Photo of the Week is a throwback to one of our past summer photo shoots with Vancouver-based photographer Noel Hendrickson. As the summer goes on, don’t forget to keep up with our 2014 summer photo shoots!



Photo of the Week

July 3rd, 2014

Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

On July 1st we joined where Compassionate Eye Foundation was founded on Canadian grounds, and along with the rest of the country, celebrated a wonderful Canada Day. This week, we are paying homage to the birth of our nation. Happy Canada Day to everyone! This image, among many others, is available for sale through Getty Images.


The People of CEF: A Thank-you to Philippa Cooper

June 19th, 2014

Philippa Scaramanga_1Krystele Chavez, Social Media Coordinator

Three years ago, out of a desire to use her skills to give back, Philippa Cooper became the Compassionate Eye Foundation‘s Submissions Coordinator.

Philippa got involved with CEF after Rob Daly, one of our members on the advisory council, suggested that it might be of interest to her. Having worked in the photography industry for many years, Philippa was thrilled to join a non-profit organization that raises funds for charity projects through its creative community.

Philippa plays a crucial role in getting CEF’s images uploaded onto the Getty website; you can pretty much say that her role is what helps us get sales! As Submissions Coordinator, Philippa manages all the images from photoshoots until they are uploaded onto the Getty website. Once she instructs the Getty editors on how CEF wants the images to be retouched, she does quality control checks to ensure the images are done to a high standard, as well as apply any final tweaks to the retouching to maximize the images’ potential. Afterwards, Philippa uploads the images and releases them onto the Getty site with the application of metadata and keywords, a process which helps images to be found on the Getty website and additionally helps our sales. Only wanting the best, Philippa also does checks on the Getty site to ensure that the correct keywords have been applied.

Because CEF is an organization compromised of team members from around the globe, Philippa also liaises with retouchers in India. Additionally, she was in charge of setting up a system that is cost effective and generates consistent high quality retouching.

Philippa recalls one of her highlights of working with CEF: “The best experience so far was when the 800 images for 2011 were finalised and online on the Getty website. Seeing the images online marked the end of a long process which made me feel very proud.”

Philippa exemplifies the type of individual who takes the time to contribute as much as she can to an organization she believes in. In addition to her work for CEF, she works as a freelance producer, portrait photographer and is involved in other post-production projects. Philippa enjoys living in a beautiful village in the English countryside with her husband, two sons, wonderful dog, horse, and chickens!

Thank you for all that you do for Compassionate Eye Foundation, Philippa!

Photo of the Week

June 19th, 2014

Leah Yee, Social Media Manager

Students at the Loma Linda school in the highlands of Guatemala. In January 2010, Compassionate Eye Foundation donated funds to the Associacion Maya-Mam de Investigacion y Desarrollo (AMMID), a non-governmental organization with the aim of facilitating sustainable development in the region. The three-classroom school building provides enough room for 25 boys, 32 girls, and 2 teachers.

POTW Guatemala kids