CHRISTINA ARSENAULT
  1. 09 . 18 . 2014
  2. Earlier this month I photographed my first ever engagement session. These two love birds are my kid brother Stephen and my future sister-in-law Anna. I could not be happier for them, and it meant a lot to me to be able to make this shoot happen for them during their brief visit. They chose a location that is special to all of us, Ingonish in the Cape Breton Highlands. 

  3. 09 . 08 . 2014
  4. Random summer time photographs

  5. 08 . 25 . 2014
  6. Last summer while visiting home, we pulled over on the side of a very busy highway so I could take this photo. The small painting is a familiar sight for many folk who have traveled over Kellys Mountain (Cape Breton Island). 
I have clear memories of the many road trips we made as a family between Sydney and Ingonish. My siblings and I would watch for the portrait with anticipation as we started the climb up the mountain from the backseat of the family car (where we sang along to The Rankin Family of course). 
Last spring my photograph along with 4 others hung at Java Blend Cafe in the North End of Halifax. I was contacted by a man named Neil who told me his mom had painted the portrait. Through email he told me this story,
Mom first painted this back in 1981 I think, on one of my parents many trips to their summer cabin in River Denys. That cabin also used to have paintings on it as well. She had her paints, ladder and brushes, she found the image on the back of a magazine I think and used that as a model for Kelly. 
She painted to the many horns or cars and trucks as well as people yelling things good and bad. Some people thought it was great, others thought she was defacing the rocks. Sometime after that, not sure how many years, but the department of highways sand blasted all the graffiti from the rocks including Mom’s painting. I guess there were complaints on the morning talk show after they sand blasted the painting, so she went back up and put the painting back on. Now I’m not sure what year that was, but it’s been there ever since. 
She would touch up the painting most summers and cover up anything anyone painted on Kelly. One summer it was so hot, someone painted a pair of sunglasses on him, funny. When she passed 2 years ago, my sisters, Brother, Dad and nieces when up to touch up the painting. One niece did the majority of the touch up, seems to display artistic talent as well. I had the Plaque made that summer and stuck it to the wall.
For everyone else, who can not stop (probably not recommended) the plaque reads:
Kelly
Painted by Vinetta Colosimo
Dominion, NS, 1934-2012
 

    Last summer while visiting home, we pulled over on the side of a very busy highway so I could take this photo. The small painting is a familiar sight for many folk who have traveled over Kellys Mountain (Cape Breton Island). 

    I have clear memories of the many road trips we made as a family between Sydney and Ingonish. My siblings and I would watch for the portrait with anticipation as we started the climb up the mountain from the backseat of the family car (where we sang along to The Rankin Family of course). 

    Last spring my photograph along with 4 others hung at Java Blend Cafe in the North End of Halifax. I was contacted by a man named Neil who told me his mom had painted the portrait. Through email he told me this story,

    Mom first painted this back in 1981 I think, on one of my parents many trips to their summer cabin in River Denys. That cabin also used to have paintings on it as well. She had her paints, ladder and brushes, she found the image on the back of a magazine I think and used that as a model for Kelly.

    She painted to the many horns or cars and trucks as well as people yelling things good and bad. Some people thought it was great, others thought she was defacing the rocks. Sometime after that, not sure how many years, but the department of highways sand blasted all the graffiti from the rocks including Mom’s painting. I guess there were complaints on the morning talk show after they sand blasted the painting, so she went back up and put the painting back on. Now I’m not sure what year that was, but it’s been there ever since.

    She would touch up the painting most summers and cover up anything anyone painted on Kelly. One summer it was so hot, someone painted a pair of sunglasses on him, funny. When she passed 2 years ago, my sisters, Brother, Dad and nieces when up to touch up the painting. One niece did the majority of the touch up, seems to display artistic talent as well. I had the Plaque made that summer and stuck it to the wall.

    For everyone else, who can not stop (probably not recommended) the plaque reads:

    Kelly

    Painted by Vinetta Colosimo

    Dominion, NS, 1934-2012

     

  7. 08 . 19 . 2014
  8. I love this idea! My friend Krista just started a vintage rental company called Make Merry Events:
We provide vintage rentals for a variety of special occasions, including: weddings, birthdays, holiday parties, charity events, showers, film sets,  home staging, or a picnic in the park.
Check out their website at here and like the Facebook page here.
It does not hurt that she is a very talented photographer and that the site is full of her dreamy photos!

    I love this idea! My friend Krista just started a vintage rental company called Make Merry Events:

    We provide vintage rentals for a variety of special occasions, including: weddings, birthdays, holiday parties, charity events, showers, film sets,  home staging, or a picnic in the park.

    Check out their website at here and like the Facebook page here.

    It does not hurt that she is a very talented photographer and that the site is full of her dreamy photos!

  9. 08 . 07 . 2014
  10. I am very excited to introduce you to an up and coming online retail space that I have been lucky enough to work with, The Strong House Artisan Collective describe them selves as:

    "a little online retail shop that is big on community and collaboration. We handpick makers who are thoughtful in their designs, choose quality materials and are considerate in their approach to producing high quality goods for our everyday."

    For now, here is a sneak peak of the site before its official launch and of what is to come http://thestronghouse.ca

    Photos by Christina Arsenault, Jewellery by Donna Hiebert Design 

  11. 07 . 21 . 2014
  12. Every now and then I look back through my old files and find gems that did not make the cut a the time of the original shoot. Here are two portraits that I am enjoying now. 

  13. 06 . 24 . 2014
  14. A few shots from the Oh Dina! Millinery, Swaine Street Woodworking and Angela Grace Jewelry garden party/trunk show last Saturday afternoon. 

  15. 06 . 01 . 2014
  16. Here is a sneak peak from a project I’m working on with Colleen for Humani-T cafe.  She is completely redesigning the cafes menu boards, can’t wait to see them completed. 

  17. 05 . 25 . 2014
  18. Last week I documented recent works by Australian artist Kate Ward. Her work is diverse to say the very least. Check out more of her sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, and so much more at http://www.kateward.com.au

  19. 05 . 15 . 2014
  20. Woo, an exciting day! Geofs bench was featured on design sites Dezeen AND Gizmodo today! Check it out here and here.

  21. 05 . 12 . 2014
  22. Last week I photographed this stunning bench by local Halifax designer, Geof Ramsay. It was a nice change for me to work on a large scale project, It is very common that I find my self hunched over some thing itty bitty in the studio. Im even in one of the photos (thats me running up the piece). Check out more of his work at http://geoframsay.com.

  23. 05 . 05 . 2014
  24. I have always loved behind the scenes photos. I think it has something to do with the chaos and duct tape that is usually happening/holding the shoot together just out side the camera frame.

    Here are two behind the scenes phone snap shots from the gelato shoot and the fruit shoot.

  25. 04 . 25 . 2014
  26. My neeeeew website (christinaarsenault.ca)! Thank you Colleen Sweeney for designing it and putting it together for me, you are the greatest. 

    My neeeeew website (christinaarsenault.ca)! Thank you Colleen Sweeney for designing it and putting it together for me, you are the greatest. 

  27. More documentation for Angela Grace Jewelry. Black velvet, where have you been all my life?

  28. 04 . 14 . 2014
  29. THIS, I am excited about.  My vitamin deprived body has been craving fruit all winter, and I’ve been dreaming about photographing this still life for some time now. The perfect collaboration with my sister, Angela of Angela Grace Jewelry.