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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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A Woman‘s Touch: Wedding Photographer Chandra Demers Seeks Informal Elegance

Danielle Horvath - January 13th, 2005
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, capturing the moments of someone’s wedding day is worth millions. And finding someone who understands what that day means to you and how you want it to be remembered is priceless.
Chandra Demers works hard to be that someone for area couples as owner of Hitching Post Photography and co-owner of Leelanau Weddings, Inc. A lifelong photographer who started with family pictures when she got her first camera at 11, Demers prides herself on finding those once-in-a-lifetime moments that capture human emotion and feelings.
“I’m definitely more of the journalistic style of photography, not just the typical posed shots. I try to find a different angle while still preserving the wedding traditions,” Demers said. “I might lie on the ground, or stand on top of something. I’ve climbed on roofs. In trees - I’ve balanced myself on all kinds of things to get the right shot.”

AFTER THE POSE
Sometimes Demers’ best shots are after the posed ones, she explained. “I try very hard to just blend in and be in the moment with people. I try to find the times when people are relaxed, when they loosen up, act a little silly. Because poses feel funny, often there’s a completely different reaction afterwards.”
Demers does primarily black and white photography, which has a strong depth to it and lends itself to her style of picture taking. She also does most of her work outdoors, using natural light, which creates a whole set of challenges when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Her wedding season runs approximately April – October. She limits herself to 25 weddings per year so she has enough time for all of them.
Because she is young and female in a male-dominated profession, Demers feel she has a big advantage when it comes to relating to brides-to-be. “I can relate to them,” she said. “We meet several times over coffee and we often become friends. I am privileged to be sharing a very intimate and special day with them and I try to make them as comfortable as possible.”

MOVING UP
Demers has expanded to include a complete wedding service when her and partner Kara LaPres bought Leelanau Weddings, Inc. last year. “It was a perfect fit,” she said. “I was already a problem solver at many weddings, helping to attend to details, keeping things on schedule. It was something I had thought about many times.”
When the owner of Leelanau Weddings relocated and sold the business, Demers jumped at it. “It’s a very well known business with an excellent reputation and we knew we could continue that.
Leelanau Weddings, Inc. is a full-service wedding planning and coordinating business, covering all aspects, including location, vendors, budget, seating, invitations, table setting, entertainment, rehearsal dinner, etc., etc.



Contact Hitching Post Photography at 231-325-7678 and Leelanau Weddings, Inc. at 231-510-7678 or check it out at
leelanau-weddings.com.


 
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