Pastor C and Women's Ministry in Albany NY

March 12, 2015  •  2 Comments

Pastor Christina StatonPastor Christina StatonPastor Christina Staton is a founder of Christina Staton Ministry, author of "Help Me I'm A Woman" book. When I first met Pastor C and one of her volunteers, Frances, the two reminded me of Batman and Robin. Different personalities, but working together to achieve same goals. Frances set up our initial meeting, where we discussed professional headshots and marketing images for Pastor C's busy  and rapidly growing ministry. After the initial discussion of their needs, I was happy when they booked me for a photoshoot, and spent the next few days learning about Pastor C and her women's ministry in Albany, NY from my other clients, who've met Pastor C and even attended her events.

I've heard so many positive things about this woman, what she represents, her ministry, and her team of volunteers, that I truly couldn't wait to get my hands on her. Soon enough that day came, and while my makeup artist, Erin Ford, and I were discussing the details of Pastor's look for this photoshoot, she walked in. 

Pastor C is Christina Staton, a beautiful woman who is loud, funny, loves to laugh, honest, compassionate and down to earth. Her presence filled my already big studio and magically the three of us immediately connected. With her came her hair dresser and Frances.. Two minutes later, her graphic designer stepped inside, followed by her assistant. I begun getting nervous thinking the whole church is coming in, and my hair or makeup were pitiful, but that's when they reassured me no one else was joining them. Just the five musketeers that were already there. Talk about performance anxiety!!! But no, that never happened.

The next 3 hours were dynamic and fun. We all felt like old girlfriends, playing dress up, taking pictures, telling stories, snacking and helping each other with suggestions on improvement. I whispered to Erin, "I want what she is having". :) Pastor C has an army of women, whose dedication to the cause, support, nurturing spirit and creative spark were matching the very vibrant personality of their pastor. 

5 hours later, the ladies chose the images they liked, paid for them and left. I couldn't help but feel very alone in that moment when the studio stopped being filled with their radiant laughter, smiles, giggles, jokes, hugs and even tears. I felt I wanted to visit the ministry to see this woman and her army in action. The rest of the day, I wore the kind and supportive nature of this group like a perfume. I could feel it, and relived a few very special moments we all shared.

If you decide to check Christina Staton Ministry visit csmonline.org or visit her at 215 Washington Avenue Ext, Albany, NY 12205. Christina Staton will soon release her book "Help Me I'm A Woman" which will feature some of the images we worked on during our first photoshoot. Knowing some of the background this woman has, I am positive this book will be inspirational, touching, and honest.

I am very proud to work with such dynamic women as Pastor C and her ministry. We all agreed this is a start of a beautiful professional relationships between us all and I can't wait to see them all again.


Comments

2.Leslie Robinson(non-registered)
Wow what an amazing article. The authors description of Pastor C was spot on. Such a beautiful and inspiring description of how being in the presence of Pastor C left such an awesome impression, for lack of a better word, upon her. More importantly, was what she gained in spirit after her visit/experience/ afternoon with an amazing Pastor, Wife & Mother.
1.Director of Christina Staton Ministries(non-registered)
Thank you so much for your kind words. It is not often that we find women (outside our group of course) that celebrate women. That is one thing I admire about Pastor C., the ability to see excellence in any woman and encourage the beauty inside her to shine so brightly that she is recognized by all. During the shoot, we did bond all in a special unique way. I love the dynamics of coming together creating something beautiful and lasting. You are truly a professional and creative photographer.

I pray that this relationship is lasting and impacts our lives in positive ways. I believe the smallest things, coincidences, chances, bumps in our life are the ones that make the biggest, most impactful, affect on us. Stay true to your work.
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