Friday, October 26, 2007

all is well

just a quick note to say that all is well! we landed in bulawayo yesterday and made it through airport security with no problems. Praise the Lord! We're touring around bulawayo, meeting lots of people and having a great time so far. I'm really looking forward to this afternoon because we're going to go do some home visits. It should be a good day!

ok, gotta go get some pizza :)

please keep praying for us!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I'm in Africa!

After 24 hours of travelling, door to door - I'm finally in Africa!! My friend, Adam (videographer) & I are staying at the home of a lovely couple who live here with their 4 kids. The Lockwoods have fed us and are giving us warm beds and hot showers before our flight to Bulawayo tomorrow morning. They are such a blessing!!

The trip has been good so far - pretty uneventful (which is just the way I like it). I slept quite a bit and even got to watch Harry Potter 5 - so all in all it was a good flight :) We're still praying for an easy time getting through customs tomorrow in Zim - so lift us up if you think of it.

Ok, off to be a nice social guest again! I couldn't resist the internet access while it was available :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I'm on my way to Zimbabwe!

Holy Cow! I'm actually sitting in the airport, getting ready to go! I can't believe it's finally here - I'm finally going to Zimbabwe! I'm so excited, can you tell? There's been so much happening in preparation for this trip, I don't even know where to begin...

First of all, I've got some amazing news! This trip now has a double purpose. First and foremost, I'm going to be documenting the work of Forgotten Voices International in Zimbabwe. We're working on a documentary as well as taking photos for that FVI can use to share their story and raise support. I love what FVI is doing and I'm so thrilled to be a part of it. And if that's not reason enough to be excited about this trip - there's more!

Ryan of FVI met a woman a few weeks ago who has an amazing vision. Lisa's vision is a series of children's books that would tell the stories of children from various countries. Each book would represent one child, one country, one theme (i.e. hope) and would hopefully be used by parents and teachers to encourage, inspire, and teach children about other cultures. Her vision is just amazing and even extends to eventually doing a book on every country in the world! Well, she has decided to do the first book with FVI about a child in Zimbabwe. And, she just happens to need a photographer to supply the art for the book. So, Ryan sent her to me and as it turns out, she loves my work! (*blushing*) So, my second purpose for this trip is to document the story of one child and create the art for the first book!! Lisa wants consistency throughout the series, so I also may have the opportunity to do more of these. That means, I'm really going to get to travel the world and photograph children with amazing stories! It just blows my mind that this is happening! I have been praying for an opportunity like this for FIVE YEARS and now God is providing the way! It's just the most amazing thing EVER! Thank you Lord!!

Well, now I'm REALLY excited - I just got myself all pumped up for this trip! Too bad it'll be another 40 or so hours before I get there :)

I'm going to try to update this blog as often as possible with news from Zimbabwe, so stay posted!!! Thanks so much for going on this journey with me - and for all of the incredible support you all have given me! You all are such a blessing!

Bodie & Sara's Wedding in Chicago

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going out to Chicago to shoot Sara & Bodie's wedding. It was such a beautiful day! The ceremony was at Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago, and the reception was at the Garfield Park Conservatory. BEAUTIFUL! The whole day was great - thank you guys for having me be a part of it! Here's some sneak peaks...

Sara getting ready before the ceremony...

Some portraits of the happy couple...

Don't they look so happy?!!

The U of C campus is so gorgeous!

Ah, the bouquet... It was a bit of an ordeal when the flowers came with purple roses in them, but Sara's mom made some quick changes and then ended up beautiful!

A sweet moment in the limo

Isn't the conservatory gorgeous!?!

Thanks again Sara & Bodie - for flying me out to Chicago to be part of your day, for being so understanding about the delay with the pics (with my going to Zimbabwe & all), and also for your generous support of my trip! I'll be in touch as soon as the rest of the pics are online!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sweet Concert THIS Saturday!

Wow! There is SO much going on these days! I've got 4 shoots to blog about this week - so hopefully I'll get them all up for you to check out soon :)

In the meantime - there's a concert this Saturday at Genesis. Justin McRoberts & Shaun Groves are playing - and all proceeds will go to Compassion International. Oh, and our very own Jason Bonham will be opening! It's going to be a great time, AND it's going to benefit a great cause!!

When: Saturday, October 20th, 8:00pm
Where: 58 Mt. Vernon, Winchester, MA

Be there!!

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