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As she trained her camera lens on the young couple's toddler, Christine Tripp had to reassure them it didn't matter if he was making a mess on the set. It was easy to take her reassurance to heart, because Christine had also been there moments after his birth, aiming her camera at his first moments in the bright hospital room. She'd been there back when his mother's belly began to swell and she wanted her new curves immortalized. She'd been there to capture his parents' wedding reception, and she'd framed their candid joy months before that, at an outdoor photo shoot marking their new engagement. With an eye sharpened by natural, free-form portrait and wedding shoots, including a cover for Ottawa Wedding Magazine, Christine treats photography as an investment in storytelling—often building lasting relationships with her clients in the process. In her three-room studio, Christine shoots using a blend of studio and natural light, augmenting subjects with set pieces such as vintage chairs and art, or garbing them in costumes. She also brings these accents to her on-location shoots, where she skillfully persuades the sun to coat her subjects in its natural light. When not using local scenery as a backdrop, Christine performs exotic shoots at destination weddings that often yield irreproducible photogenic moments, such as one shoot in Mexico where the bride waded into the surf in her full wedding dress. With the help of her staff, Christine translates these photographs into framed canvases, gallery collections, and photo albums, helping clients showcase their personalities on their mantels to remind them that that's where they live. Christine also taps into her early aspiration of being a teacher as she mentors blooming shutterbugs on using their digital cameras and digital single-lens-reflex (DSLR) cameras, granting them ways to freeze time more skillfully. When not behind the camera for paying clients, Christine often shoots pro bono photography for organizations such as Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Children's Aid Society.