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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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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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