EXECUTIVE / EXÉCUTIF 2020-2021
Stella D'Entremont - President / Présidente
André Leblanc - Past President / Président sortant
Andrea Milburn - Vice President / Vice présidente
Lise Bourgeois - Treasurer / Trésorière
Jacinthe Leblanc - Program Coordinator / Coordinatrice de programme,
Monique Leblanc - Secretary / Secrétaire
Don Lewis - Educational Coordinator / Coordinateur éducatif
Guy Brun - CAPA Liaison / Liaison avec CAPA
Lisa Phillips - Membership Coordinator / Coordinateur des membres
TBD - Equipement Coordinator / Coordinateur d'équipements
Scott Babineau - Events Coordinator / Coordinateur d'évènements
Renée Turcotte - Social Coordinator, Coordinatrice d'évènements sociaux
Bernice McGraw LeBlanc - Webmaster / Coordinatrice du site Web
Mathieu Chiasson - Contest Coordinator / Coordinateur des compétitions
President / Présidente
Stella has been taking photos ever since she can remember. At the age of 18, she moved to Boston to study fashion design and photography at Chamberlyn Junior College. Showing natural talent and strong attention to detail, her work was selected for the college program catalogue where they showcased several of her photos taken for a class project. In 2016, she entered her first photography contest in Saltscapes Magazine and was awarded a honourable mention for "Morning Fog on the Bedford Basin". The judges’ comments were: "the subtle use of technique in capturing the ship moving through the fog, it's well done."
Stella has been a member of Focus Camera Club (FCC) since 2018. The club has helped her find a community where like-minded people share ideas and techniques. Stella is always looking for ways to better her technical skills and that is why she enjoys the different competitions offered during the year at FCC.
Stella is a member of Canadian Association for Photographic Art. (CAPA)
Program Co-ordinator / Coordinatrice du programme
Jacinthe Leblanc studied photography during her first year at Université de Moncton while enrolled in the Fine Arts program in the early 1980s. She did photography for a few years but somehow life got in the way and it wasn't until 2011, when she took a photography course at NBCC, that her love for photography was re-ignited.
She has been a member of the Focus Camera Club since 2014 where she enjoys participating in the photo contests.
She also won the club’s Photographer of the Year in 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017. In 2017, Jacinthe won the Freeman Patterson Fine Arts Award 5 times. In 2017 she received a honorary mention from CAPA for her entry in the CAPA Annual Challenge.
She particularly likes portrait, street, abstract and underwater photography.
Her favorite photographers, by far, are Vivian Maier, Freeman Patterson, Don Martel and Romeo Cormier.
Jacinthe has presented her photos at various events including a workplace photo exhibit and charity auction in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in support of the United Way, as well as the Focus Camera Club’s photo exhibit at the Moncton Library in 2015. She had several of her photos exhibited as part of the Groupe SocioFoto's project "Du Monde de par Che Nous" (www.groupesociofoto.com). Jacinthe is also co-chair for "Groupe SocioFoto"
Secretary / Sécretaire
Monique LeBlanc has always had an interest in photography. In 2014, she moved from a point-and-shoot camera to her first DSLR – a Canon T3i. Wanting to learn how to use her new camera, she took a photography course with Paula Lirette. From there, her interest became a passion. She started bringing her camera everywhere she went and discovered that, with a camera, she viewed the world in a completely different light. It literally changed her world.
The best part of photography has been the people she has met along the way. Walking with a camera in hand is like walking with a dog, it generates great discussions and you end up meeting like-minded people and making new friends. Monique joined the Focus Camera Club in the fall of 2017 and has loved being a part of this group. In her first year as a FCC member, she won Novice Recruit of the year as well as Novice photographer of the year.
Monique LeBlanc a toujours eu un intérêt pour la photographie. En 2014, elle est passée d'un appareil photo point-and-shoot à son premier reflex numérique - un Canon T3i. Voulant apprendre à utiliser sa nouvelle caméra, elle a suivi un cours de photographie avec Paula Lirette. De là, son intérêt est devenu une passion.
Elle a commencé à apporter sa caméra partout où elle allait et a découvert qu'avec une caméra, elle voyait le monde sous un jour complètement différent. Il a littéralement changé son monde. La meilleure partie de la photographie a été les gens qu'elle a rencontrés en cours de route. Marcher avec un appareil photo à la main, c'est comme marcher avec un chien, cela génère de belles discussions et on finit par rencontrer des gens partageant les mêmes idées et se faire de nouveaux amis. Monique s'est jointe au Focus Camera Club à l'automne 2017 et a aimé faire partie de ce groupe. Au cours de sa première année en tant que membre de FCC, elle a remporté le prix de Recrue novice de l'année et celui de photographe novice de l'année.
Treasurer / Trésorière
Lise was first exposed to the world of photography through her older brother; she
loved watching his travel slide shows. She started taking pictures in high school
where she learned to develop black and white film. When she moved to the digital
world around 2004, she was able to be so much more spontaneous and creative.
Her aim is to share the beauty around her with her friends and family. Joining the
Focus camera club allowed her to meet new people, try many new techniques and
take part in club competitions. She loves macro photography and in camera multiple
Lise a premièrement été exposée à la photographie grace à son frère aîné; elle
aimait tellement regarder ses diaporamas. Elle a commencé à faire de la
photographie à l’école secondaire ou elle a appris a déveloper des films noirs et
blancs. Lorsqu’elle a changé au monde digital en 2004 elle a eu la chance de devenir
plus spontanée et créative. Son but est de partager la beauté de son environnement
avec ses amis et sa famille. Le club de camera Focus lui a permit de rencontrer de
nouveaux amis, essayer de nouvelles techniques et participer à des concours. Elle
aime bien faire de la photo macro ainsi que des expositions multiples en caméra.
Past President / Président Sortant
André LeBlanc’s photographic journey started at a young age when he purchased his first camera, a Polaroid One Step. He knows it wasn’t the world's best camera by any fetch of the imagination but he found it incredible that he could take a picture and then one minute later see the results. In the early 1980s, while living in the Canadian Rockies, he purchased a Pentax K1000 35mm camera. Then in 2000, he put his old faithful 35mm Pentax on the shelf and took the leap to the digital world. After upgrading many times over the last 15 years, he is now shooting with a Nikon DSLR D7000 and a Nikon Mirrorless J1.
When he bought his Pentax in the early 80’s, he took an introduction to photography course to learn the foundation of photography. One of his favorite learning resources is Lynda.com where he follows a variety of photography courses on techniques, composition and photo processing with Adobe Lightroom. He recently completed a photography course led by Maurice Henri in Moncton to reinforce his photographic skills.
André’s primary fields of interest in photography are nature, landscapes, underwater photography and travel documentaries (which mimics his interest in life). He enjoys travelling and has visited over 25 countries and documented various cultures, people, nature and architecture with his photographs.
He has been a member of the Moncton Focus Camera club since 2013, and has given presentations to club members on several occasions. He placed second in the year long club competition in 2014-15 season for photographer of the year, and he was the club grand winner of the Ken Dunphy Award for Best Landscape in 2015.
Contest Coordinator / Coordinateur des compétitions
Mathieu started his photographic journey in September 2017 when he joined the Moncton Focus Camera Club. With the help of his peers and a lent camera, he quickly learned the ins and outs of photography by participating in outings and contests through the camera club.
When he bought his first non-point and shoot camera he started challenging himself and shooting more. He loves shooting the Moncton Magic basketball team for which he did many games in 2018 including their team photo.
Through his challenge, he created a small publication titled "A Road to Photography" in which he shares his experience and what he learned through personal challenges as he shares the resulting pictures of his challenge.
Mathieu is also a Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA) member and completed the CAPA National Judging Course in 2018.
Educational Coordinator / Coordinateur éducatifs
Don Lewis is a Photographer, Musician, and Airline Pilot, from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He is the proud father of two little girls and married to his beautiful wife Stephanie.
Don now makes his home in Moncton, NB. The beauty of the Atlantic provinces is the main inspiration for Don’s work. Landscapes and Seascapes to portraits and weddings bring him a great deal of joy in his showcase of maritime life.
Don takes pride in his work and obsesses about the entire process, from taking the photograph, to printing and finally to mounting the canvas on homemade frames he makes with the help of his father. Don strives to make every piece of art faultless.
Either spending the night under the stars with a cup of coffee, or alongside the beach at sunset, Don wants to show you the world (and galaxy) through his camera.
Bernice McGraw LeBlanc
Treasurer / Trésorière
Bernice a développé sa passion pour la photo dès le secondaire quand elle a suivi un cours de photographie avec un photographe professionnel à Tracadie. Cette passion se poursuivi lorsqu'elle reçu en cadeau à sa graduation universitaire: sa première caméra avec film, une Minolta. Dans les années 2000 elle se procure une caméra digitale, "point and shoot", mais réalise que celle-ci ne répond pas à ses besoins. En 2016, en prévision de sa retraite, elle s'achète sa première caméra DSLR, une Canon 5Ti. Pour optimiser l'appareil, elle suit un cours avec Maurice Henri qui lui fait découvrir une panoplie de possibilités. En octobre 2017, elle joint le club Focus Camera Club et le groupe ArtQuest avec Maurice Henri. Elle ne manque pas d'occasion pour suivre différents ateliers offerts par Don Martel, Maurice Henri et par le club. Cette année elle s'est donné le défi de participer à tous les concours du club de photo, un défi qu'elle a relevé avec brio ayant remporter la première place dans la catégorie Intermédiaire pour l'année 2018-2019.
Bernice developed her passion for photography in high school when she took a photography class with a professional photographer in Tracadie. This passion continued when she received a gift at her university graduation: her first camera with film, a Minolta. In the 2000s she received a digital camera, a "point and shoot", but realized that it didn't meet her needs. In 2016, in anticipation of her retirement, she bought her first DSLR camera, a Canon 5Ti. To optimize the apparatus, she followed a course with Maurice Henri which makes her discover a variety of possibilities. In October 2017, she joined Focus Camera Club and ArtQuest with Maurice Henri. She doesn't miss an opportunity to follow various workshops offered by Don Martel, Maurice Henri and the Club. This year she has taken on the challenge to participate in all the competitions of the photo club, a challenge that she has successfully met with winning the first place in the Intermediate category for the 2018-2019.
Membership Coordinator / Coordinateur des membres
Lisa-Marie Phillips's interest in photography began in 2012, when she took a photography course at the New Brunswick Community College. She has been a member of the Moncton Focus Camera Club for many years, and in 2015 she earned a third place finish in a club contest, and also placed in the top 17 for the club’s photo exhibit at the Moncton Library.
Lisa is particularly interested in photographing “old stuff”, as she calls it. Her favorite photographer is unquestionably Annie Leibovitz.
CAPA Representative / Représentant à CAPA
Photography can play a significant role in expressing the magnificence of the natural world and our relationship with it. I have managed to bring together a life-long passion for photography and nature. I’m mostly self-taught and have always had an appreciation for the visual arts. For many years I had photographed almost exclusively with 35mm SLR film cameras. As digital photography came around I quickly realized its potential and fully embraced it. I’m a firm believer in doing it right in the camera, but also believe that in fine art photography, post editing of the image is a critical step in the creative process. A good print in hand completes the photographic cycle and over the years I have gained much experience with this craft.
Photographing wildlife is when I feel most in my element. Of the wide array of possible subjects, birds are a favorite, and much effort has been devoted to learning the related techniques, including knowledge of animal behavior and their habitats.
I approach the art of photography as a life-long learning experience. Enjoying interaction with other photographers, sharing images and information, making presentations and judging contests. Aside from being successful in several photo competitions over the years, my work has appeared in ads, articles, calendars, magazines, art galleries, slide presentations, television and social media. Some works have found their way into private homes and commercial establishments. Beyond photography I enjoy retirement after a long and fulfilling career with Environment Canada. I’m always a strong advocate for the protection of our planet - our only home.
Social Coordinator / Coordinatrice d'évènements sociaux
J’ai découvert la photographie grâce à mon mari Daniel Beaudry dans les années 80. J’ai travaillé avec lui de nombreuses heures de nuits dans sa chambre noire. Elle est encore presque complète d’ailleurs. J’ai reçu une point and shoot en 2003 pour ma fête et j’adore la photographie depuis. Je me suis jointe au club environ 2 ans après mon mari, vers 2010, dans l’idée d’améliorer mes photos. J’utilise une SLR depuis quelques années maintenant. J’adore surtout les photos de la nature, des paysages, d’animaux, surtout les chevaux, de fleurs et d’arbres. J’aime aussi les nombreux beaux défis que le club apporte. Les rencontres du club sont toujours très intéressantes et instructives et les gens sont accueillants. Le club m’a aidé à dépasser mes limites et ce n’est pas fini car je suis très loin d’être une experte. J’adore aussi les opportunités de sorties en groupe, de chasses aux trésors, de conférences avec des invités internationaux et de cours avec CAPA, i.e. comment juger des photos etc. J’essaie de participer à tous les concours organisés par le Club. Je participe parfois à des expositions du club et d’autres groupes de photographes de la région comme Perspective. Et bien sûr, j’adore les party organisés par le club!
My husband helped me discover photography in the 80s. I worked many night shifts with him in his dark room, which nowadays is still pretty complete . I love photography since I received a point and shoot for my birthday in 2003. I joined the FCC around 2010, 2 years after my husband did, with the idea of improving my photos. I have been using a SLR for many years now. I love mainly photographing nature, landscapes, animals, horses are my favorites, flowers and trees. I also like the numerous challenges offered by the Club. The Club meetings are always very interesting and instructive and people are very friendly. Participation to the Club helped me push my limits and it is not over because I am far from being an expert! I also love the many opportunities for group outings, scavenger hunts, conferences with internationally known speakers and courses with CAPA, e.g. how to judge a photo etc. I try to participate to all Club’s contests. I sometimes participate to Club’s expositions as well as other group’s photographers like Perspective. And for sure, I love the Club parties!