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      The first look. Seeing one half walk down the aisle to make a whole. The first Dance. Emotive, heartfelt moments to be sure-and a blessing to be able to freeze time for all of them. While wedding, commercial and portrait photography provide a living for us, it’s the Humanitarian Photography and storytelling that fills my soul to overflowing. I’ve been honored to travel with organizations like World Relief, Food For The Hungry, The Freedom Story and Forward Edge to name a few. Commissioned to tell the world about the amazing work these organizations are doing on the ground, often in the most difficult of circumstances. I’ve learned the most about myself, my faith and the power of relationship on these trips-as one often does when they’re stretched. I wanted to share just a few stories with you and hope you find enjoyment in them.

      Lake Kivu, Rwanda. A fisherman comes in from the morning outing. Lake Kivu is one of the most beautiful areas of the world, and potentially one of the most deadly.
      Trapped underneath Kivu lies a massive store of methane gas. The Rwandan Government has a plan in place to try and extract the gas to fuel a power plant. 
      If the gas becomes displaced by extraction or a lava flow from neighboring volcanoes it could produce a catastrophic eruption. 
      Swimming in this lake was… thought provoking. 
      Lake Kivu, Rwanda. A fisherman comes in from the morning outing. Lake Kivu is one of the most beautiful areas of the world, and potentially one of the most deadly.
      Trapped underneath Kivu lies a massive store of methane gas.  
      If the gas becomes displaced by extraction it could produce a catastrophic eruption. 
      Swimming in this lake was… thought provoking. 
      The North Kivu region of the DRC (Congo) has seen years of conflict. Rape is used as a weapon of war and villages are often cleaned out by rebel groups.
      Everyone is simply trying to survive. On a humanitarian storytelling trip for World Relief, we encountered an area where villagers had just returned home. 
      School was starting back up and the children had a message. 
      The North Kivu region of the DRC (Congo) has seen years of conflict. Rape is used as a weapon of war and villages are often cleaned out by rebel groups.
      Everyone is simply trying to survive. On a humanitarian storytelling trip for World Relief, we encountered an area where villagers had just returned home. 
      School was starting back up and the children had a message. 
      Eastern Rwanda. Naomi, pictured here praising God on a rock outcropping, deserves to have a book written and a film made about her life. 
      A Bishop in the church, she survived the genocide, saved others and was the catalyst (and still is) for helping children in the Eastern Districts have a school to attend and food to eat.
      To know her was an indescribable blessing. To think of her no longer on this Earth makes me weep.
      Eastern Rwanda. Naomi deserves to have a book written and a film made about her life. 
      A Bishop in the church, she survived the genocide, saved others and was the catalyst (and still is) for helping children in the Eastern Districts have a school to attend and food to eat.
      To know her was an indescribable blessing. To think of her no longer on this Earth makes me weep.
      Lake Tanganyika, Burundi. On the shores of this lake, one may find fishermen casting off for the morning haul, children bathing and playing in the water and mama’s doing wash.
      The locals know just North of here not to play, because that’s where the Hippos live. We were told if a Hippo chases us to run fast and make sharp turns. Apparently, Hippos are very fast land animals but they are unable to turn quickly. I’m thankful we didn’t need to find out. 
      Lake Tanganyika, Burundi. On the shores of this lake, one may find fishermen casting off for the morning haul, children bathing and playing in the water and mama’s doing wash.
      The locals know just North of here not to play, because that’s where the Hippos live. We were told if a Hippo chases us to run fast and make sharp turns. Apparently, Hippos are very fast land animals but they are unable to turn quickly. I’m thankful we didn’t need to find out. 
      Lake Tanganyika, Burundi. Asanti Jesu, “Thank You Jesus.” Despite no adults in this image, I assure you they were around and open to our being there.
      The children, as all children are, were interested in our equipment and laughed over and over as we showed them images of them in the boat and running around.
      This is my happy place.
      Lake Tanganyika, Burundi. Asanti Jesu, “Thank You Jesus.” Despite no adults in this image, I assure you they were around and open to our being there.
      The children, as all children are, were interested in our equipment and laughed over and over as we showed them images of them in the boat and running around.
      This is my happy place.
      Uganda. The village surgeon stands in her field with the tools she uses to perform female genital multination on young women. 
      FGM is seen in some cultures as a rite of passage, though it causes tremendous physical and psychological damage. 
      We were part of a storytelling team that created material that helped sway the Ugandan Parliament to ban FGM.
      This surgeon feels it’s the government’s responsibility to compensate her for taking away her profession.
      Uganda. The village surgeon stands in her field with the tools she uses to perform female genital multination on young women. 
      FGM is seen in some cultures as a rite of passage, though it causes tremendous physical and psychological damage. 
      We were part of a storytelling team that created material that helped sway the Ugandan Parliament to ban FGM.
      This surgeon feels it’s the government’s responsibility to compensate her for taking away her profession.
      Ntoma, Rwanda. Children gather in their schoolhouse, giving thanks for the roof that will be put on soon after.
      This building is now a church and near it, many buildings used for school, a bakery and the house of the late Mama Naomi.
      Ntoma, Rwanda. Children gather in their schoolhouse, giving thanks for the roof that will be put on soon after.
      This building is now a church and near it, many buildings used for school, a bakery and the house of the late Mama Naomi.
      Western Rwanda. When the land is so lush, it begs to be ran on, flipped on and enjoyed.
      This plot of land resided high upon a hilltop and our group was, I’m ashamed to say, very out of breath when we arrived.
      These children reminded me of the local porters on Mt. Kilimanjaro who seemed undaunted and unaffected by altitude nor incline.
      We welcomed the opportunity to stop and capture these beautiful moments. 
      Western Rwanda. When the land is so lush, it begs to be ran on, flipped on and enjoyed.
      This plot of land resided high upon a hilltop and our group was, I’m ashamed to say, very out of breath when we arrived.
      These children reminded me of the local porters on Mt. Kilimanjaro who seemed undaunted and unaffected by altitude nor incline.
      We welcomed the opportunity to stop and capture these beautiful moments. 
      Northern Thailand. Many flee the North Eastern area of Thailand in search of a better life and income. 
      Unfortunately, many are deceived into thinking that working in the “bars” is a better route.
      Sex trafficking is an issue globally, but Thailand is well known as an international hub for sex tourism. 
      The Freedom Story works to encourage, empower and educate young women (and men) there is a better way.
      Northern Thailand. Many flee the North Eastern area of Thailand in search of a better life and income. 
      Unfortunately, many are deceived into thinking that working in the “bars” is a better route.
      Sex trafficking is an issue globally, but Thailand is well known as an international hub for sex tourism. 
      The Freedom Story works to encourage, empower and educate young women (and men) there is a better way.
      Upcountry, Burundi. This is not a pulitzer prize winning image. However, there is a story behind it.
      Some time ago, someone had an interesting idea. "What if I were take a projector throughout Burundi and show Chuck Norris movies?”
      What happened was that many children now believe that any white person who visits Burundi is a) named Chuck Norris and b) knows some form of martial arts.
      While I was riding in the back of a pick up, this young man was chasing who he believed to be “The Chuck.”
      Upcountry, Burundi. This is not a pulitzer prize winning image. However, there is a story behind it.
      Some time ago, someone had an interesting idea. "What if I were take a projector throughout Burundi and show Chuck Norris movies?”
      What happened was that many children now believe that any white person who visits Burundi is a) named Chuck Norris and b) knows some form of martial arts.
      While I was riding in the back of a pick up, this young man was chasing who he believed to be “The Chuck.”
      San Blas, Panama. I secretly think of San Blas as its own country. I think the people of San Blas may feel the same way.
      Imagine landing on an island the size of a runway-one that if you didn’t land just right, you’d be sharing some quality time with stingrays.
      Then imagine taking a small motor boat (one that looks as though it shouldn’t carry a motor, let alone passengers) to any one of 360+ islands, some just large enough for a palm tree to poke out of.
      Here, a small fishing vessel takes off for the days work.
      San Blas, Panama. I secretly think of San Blas as its own country. I think the people of San Blas may feel the same way.
      Imagine landing on an island the size of a runway-one that if you didn’t land just right, you’d be sharing some quality time with stingrays.
      Then imagine taking a small motor boat (one that looks as though it shouldn’t carry a motor, let alone passengers) to any one of 360+ islands, some just large enough for a palm tree to poke out of.
      Here, a small fishing vessel takes off for the days work.
      Toro Toro, Bolivia. Toro Toro is like stepping back into The Land Before Time. It literally has dinosaur footprints a short walk from downtown. A strange thing to walk through (and sit in)  a footprint of a prehistoric giant. Northern Bolivia was the location of a Workshops With Purpose we co-taught at in partnership with Food For The Hungry.
      Here, Aurora and Carmen celebrate their garden’s crop. Childhood nutrition is a topic FH has been working on and we were there to document their work, while teaching photographers how to ethically story-tell for NGOs.
      Toro Toro, Bolivia. Toro Toro is like stepping back into The Land Before Time. It literally has dinosaur footprints a short walk from downtown. A strange thing to walk through (and sit in)  a footprint of a prehistoric giant. Northern Bolivia was the location of a Workshops With Purpose we co-taught at in partnership with Food For The Hungry.
      Here, Aurora and Carmen celebrate their garden’s crop. Childhood nutrition is a topic FH has been working on and we were there to document their work, while teaching photographers how to ethically story-tell for NGOs.
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