Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Family Shoot | McPherson, KS | Part I

 One of my favorite family shoots happened on a beautiful 50+ degree weather in December. 
I couldn't have asked for a better day to shoot, or a better group of people to take photos of!
My mom's cousin Tami, (middle) wanted to do some family photos of her side of the family to give to her mom for Christmas.
This set includes a variety of combinations, boys, girls, everybody.
Part II coming soon--Family and Individual!
Let me know your favorites!

Here are the three siblings:
Tina, Tami, and Lonnie


All of the girls-cousins and mom's.

The girl cousins-
Katelyn, Kelsey, Haylie, Emily, Morgan, Taylor, 

 The Men:
(L-R) Luke, Cody, Mark (Mom's cousin), Lonnie, Zak, and Matt

All the cousins


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bethany Home | "Senior" Shoot

This past fall, I activated an idea a friend had suggested. Do a photo shoot at the local nursing home.
After attending IPS and learning many new things, I wanted to do some photo shoots and apply what I had learned.
One of the ways I could do that was through portraiture. 
So, I approached the activity director about my idea or doing a photo shoot for the nursing home residents, and he was very open to it.
We planned some dates to have the shoot, and made a sign up sheet.

And more than 25 people signed up.

I had the privilege to capture the life of these dear friends who rarely see young people.
One couple told me their children live near by, but hunting was more important to them than coming to visit their parents. 
Some had children who don't even live near by, so it isn't even possible to see them.

The slow pace of life that goes on in a nursing home is amazing.
When we are rushing around, going from activity to event, etc. we forget what is truly important.
While I was at the nursing home, cell phones were minimum, (mostly the nurses had them), they have a big old computer (again, for the nurses use), TV's, laptops i-pods,pads,phones were almost nowhere to be found, and "jive" talk was nonexistent 

I felt like I had stepped into another world, all the while only a few blocks from my house, where the majority of the things listed above are common place. 
(No i-techno gadgets though.)
These people are precious, maybe not in the sight of the world, but in a godly, multi-generational family, they are life. Heritage. Our Family tree. 

How am I acting toward the senior "saints" in my life?
So many things can be learned from those who have walked with Christ 3-4 times longer than you have even been alive!
Are you willing to make the sacrifice and open your life to older people?

One of the reasons I enjoy being around elderly folks is because they care about you.
Not what you are wearing, what you are watching, what you are listening to, where you are have gone, are going, or will go.
They want to know you.

I guess my plea for those who read this post is to think about others. 
Get out of your own little bubble.
Talk to older people.
Care for those around you.
Ask the Lord to open your eyes to the ways you can serve others, not serve self.
Because ultimately it won't matter what your friends thought of you, how many vacations you went on, what latest movie you watched, or item you snagged off the sale rack, (ooh, that's a tough one for me!)
it's going to matter how you impacted the world for Christ.
Be the arrow that points to the Cross, not the detour to self promotion or self glory.
Be a shining light, so that others will give glory to God.
(Matthew 5:16)

If you are already doing this, be encouraged! 
You are doing the right thing, even though it's hard, uncomfortable, awkward.
Most things in life aren't easy.
This is one of them.

As you scroll through the photos, don't look at the old fashioned style in clothes, wrinkles, "lack of beauty" (in the eyes of the world), but look for the soul of each person. (Which I hope I captured authentically)


(Side note: check out her gorgeous red nails!)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Creer Family | Christmas Photos

One of my holiday photo shoots this past season was with the Creer Family.
Michaela & Joshua were leaving after the new year, and they wanted some family photos before the two oldest left home.
It was my pleasure to capture their cheerful spirits, and I appreciated their flexibility in scheduling this.
Because it was REALLY cold that day, we ended up doing it inside, which was a stretch for my photographic capabilities, but I think they turned out well!
Here are my favorites!