Laura Zalenga Inspired

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Recently, I downloaded the image of the woman from Laura Zalenga’s facebook page to use creatively anyway I wished.  I compiled three images together to create this image.  I had so much fun doing this.  I hope you enjoy it!

Jamaica Mission Trip | Aledo Texas Portrait Photographer

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This past March, my daughter and I had the privilege to go to Jamaica on a mission trip through our church.  Some of our friends are there as missionaries, and it was a wonderful time seeing them again.  We went down with a few new friends from our church to help out  as needed around the campus they operate for the deaf children in the area.  It was such a blessing to be able to take my daughter and to show her what service can look like.  She got to serve the missionary kids by playing with them and being a familiar friend from home.

Some of our work included painting, pouring cement for a new drive way that goes down the hill to the dorm, and laying cinder blocks.  One of the people on the trip brought eye glasses and tested the students who needed help seeing in class.  The work was hard in the heat, but it was fun to be able to do it!  At night, we slept on cots with a sheet because there was no air conditioning.  Nor was their hot water.  Taking a cold shower in the afternoon took some getting use to, but after laying concrete all day, it was nice to cool off.

I was also assigned the task of updating the pictures they have of the students for their sponsor book.  Many of the students there cannot afford to go, so they rely on sponsorships from others.  These sponsorships cover the cost of tuition, room and board, and meals. It was a fun assignment, and I got to meet all the students there, as well as most of the staff.  If you would like more information on sponsoring a child, please see the bottom of this post.

The children there are just like any other children, full of life, wanting to play, and as cute as can be.  It is the purpose of the campus to teach them a language and a trade and to share the gospel with them.  It was interesting learning to communicate with them, as many of us did not know sign language aside from the basics.  But we were able to get some conversations in, though short as they might be.   The highlight of my trip was seeing one of the older girls standing by a window looking out, signing.  We asked the other girls what she was doing, and they signed to us that she was praying.  It was so beautiful to see that no matter how, we can communicate with God.
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Part of the CCCD Campus

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Me and my daughter.

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Laying a cement curb for the new driveway.

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Some students in their Bible study class.

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Glasses for students who need them.

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One of the students getting tested for new classes.

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New glasses to read better with.

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We took a trip to the local infirmary to love on the people there, as they do not get many visitors.

This lady had a beautiful voice.  She sang us a song when we arrived.

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A view of a street market place.

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It was neat watching the students “sing” in their sign language.  It was very beautiful.

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This is a painting of the CCCD logo in the office.

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We also got to be a tourist with a day to the beach.  The water was a little ruff from an earlier storm that blew in, but it was still gorgeous.

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Our group that went to Jamaica to help out in anyway they could.  It was a very neat experience.  One that I hope to do again!

To learn more about the CCCD, please visit:

http://www.cccdjamaica.org/index.html

If you would like to sponsor a child or support the CCCD in anyway, please go to:

http://www.cccdjamaica.org/donate-now.html

Texas State Fair

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We were able to go to the State Fair this year.  I was so excited to take my daughter because they had an exhibit for the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts there.  It was fun to share that experience with her, since we were both girl scouts.  Well, she still is!  Ha!  I didn’t take very many pictures while we were there, I was enjoying my time with my family instead.  But here are a few that I did manage to get:

Enjoy!

Big Tex turned 60 this year!

Marching band after they lowered the flag.

The Girl Scout Brownie Camera.  I want one!  ;)

The 1940 badge requirements for Photography.  I have probably earned this one.  ;)

My daughter at the girl scout exhibit.  Fun!

Baby number three | Aledo, Texas Maternity Photographer

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I had the privilege of photographing my good friend from college.  We don’t get to see each other as often as we’d like. But,  I have done every one of her maternity sessions, for all three of her children.  Each time, I photographed her in front of the tree in their front yard. I think that makes the session extra special to involve an element from your home that you can look back on later in life and remember your session and compare a portrait of your little one to when they graduate from high school.

We kept the session short and sweet, but did a little playing outside of the box.  We had a lot of fun seeing each other and watching our kids play.  I can’t wait to meet little Luke soon!

 

 

 

My Sister

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A couple of weeks ago, my sister came to visit.  Oh, the fun we had together!  She lives 5 hours away, so when we get together, we play, play, play!  After two days of intense shopping, we took our best look out to the streets of Weatherford.  There we modeled our best poses and showed off our unique fashion.  We even got honked at twice!  And, we thinks, that it was the same car that circled back.  Ha!  We are pretty hot!  ;)   Here are some images that I took of her.  Love my little sister! 

 

The image where we got honked at.  And no wonder!  ;)

A day at the park

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Recently, we went and spent a day at the park.  The kids had so much fun, they asked to come back.  I am so happy that they enjoy being outdoors and walking in the woods.  It was cloudy and it did sprinkle on us for a bit, but it was nice out and we had an enjoyable time.  I took some fun pictures of them even though the weather was not the most acceptable shooting conditions.  But it was all just for fun, and that is what we had!

Here is a picture of the rain across the lake.  I am glad we did not get poured on!

After Dark Photography Education – Dallas

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I had the greatest time at After Dark – Dallas.  I got to rub elbows with many talented portrait photographers from around the country.  It was a lot of fun and I learned lots.  After Dark is an awesome experience, in that you get to pick your own experience, much like a chose your own adventure book. There are business pods to learn more about making money and products that will make you money, and shooting bays where you can expand your creativity and learn some new techniques that you may not have thought of before.  You can also experiment and try new things and bounce ideas off of other photographers.  It is just an all around great experience.  There is nothing quite like it.  The mentors are all great and all willing to help in any way and answer all your questions.  I think I asked tons of questions, but I got them all answered.

Below I posted some of the images I created while I was there.  Some of the instructors I shot with were Amy Parrish, Beth Jansen, Brook Shaden, among others.  I think they were my favorites.  They were my favorite sessions for sure. I don’t have all the session edited to my liking yet, but I will be getting to them soon.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy them and I look forward to incorporation what I learned into my next sessions!

 

Latest Materity Session

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I had the privilege of photographing a friend of mine at her house with her two beautiful children.  I had such a wonderful time and so did they!  Things were much more relaxed because the kids where in a familiar environment and if we needed anything, it was right there in the closet. We had a lot of fun playing and dancing and enjoying the anticipation of the new baby sister coming soon!

Please enjoy these!