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Mother - Daughter Combine Creativity In Their Business By Mike Lakin As you pass through Lake Fork on the way - to or from Springfield - you have seen the sign.for Hott Shots Photography and Salon. Stop by. This busi- ness is worth a visit. @ Cathy Mason is the mom- hairstylist. Chauntea is the daughter - photographer. While each has her personal area of expertise, they work together to serve their customers. What is it like for Cathy and Chauntea to work so closely together? Both said it just came naturally. Cathy is a hairstylist. Chauntea is also a graduate of cosmetology school. The opportunity to open a business together presented itself and everything fell together for them. Chauntea says she mainly does nails and makeup. And, as many people around here know, Chauntea is an accomplished photographer - photo editor. Cathy filled in some family background. Growing up, the family lived in 26-states. Cathy knew that Chauntea's formal education would at best be a patchwork. So she undertook the task of educating Chauntea at home. This gave Chauntea a solid and consistent education. Chauntea said "growing up" in 26 different states was also when she discovered photography. Not the just a chance to record her young life, but it also did one more thing.., she has a record of her 26 different bedrooms. Chauntea started her interest in photography when she was 12 - 13. She honed her skill and today is orro- of the most professional photographers in Central Illinois. This professional status has its drawbacks. Chauntea enjoyed entering her photographs in the one venue we have in this area - county fairs. But, after earning the ranking of professional photogra- pher, she could no longer enter photos in the county fairs. Now, she competes with other professional photographers, but she misses the fun of entering photos in county fairs. After all, more people attend county fairs than the professional competitions. Chauntea shines not only as a photographer but also as a photo editor. Her skill in computer-photo editing is evident in the final photos in her many albums. Cathy and Chauntea work as an effective team when it comes to families and high school seniors that enter their studio for those special photos. They have albums full of photos reflecting their imagina- tion and the imagination of their subjects. Cathy said there is some distinction when it comes to senior photos. Senior photo sessions for high school women are usually 2 - 6 hours. These photos often include personal interests, but lean toward the glamorous. Senior photos for high school men are much shorter sessions - maybe an hour and half... max. These photos also include personal interests, but also have - what Cathy calls - more "toys". Chauntea says they like to work with people to create a photo in a setting that will never be repeated. So they do a lot of photo sessions at special places. Cathy and Chauntea said the most important thing for them is that every high school Senior should have great photos at affordable prices. One of the fun photo opportunities are the period settings. Chauntea as Marie Antoinette is just one example. She said it's before she lost her head, but with some photo editing, she could have given even that event that very unique effect. Cathy and Chauntea have an extensive collection of 1800s clothing, a surrey, and a doctor's buggy. You put all that together and you have some really fun photos. Chauntea said the 1800s photos are real popular at the Apple & Pork Festival, Railsplitter, and similar events. Hott Shots Photography & Salon... an unex- pected gem in Lake Fork... owned by a couple of real gems. March 5, 2011 Mt. Pulaski Times 7