Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring is here | Flowers | Fayetteville, N.C. Photographer

Ladies and Gentlemen ... Spring has sprung! If you haven't noticed, pollen is every where and flowers are poking their little heads out of the ground. It's time to update your family portraits! What better a backdrop as Spring?!

Here are some flower portraits I took while I was on a business trip to Kalamazoo, Mich., to get you in the mood!

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Laying in the sun underneath the flowers of an azalea.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

My work in the Bahamas | Methodist University | Fayetteville, N.C. Photographer

I wanted to take the time to thank everyone who supported (and still supports) my trips with the Methodist University Work Team. I love going on these trips not only for the "break" from reality, but for the work we do and the relationships we form.

Please watch this video of our work with Bahamas Methodist Habitat.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Luck O' the Irish | Saint Patrick's Day | Fayetteville, N.C. Photographer

Saint Patrick's Day is a big deal in our household — afterall, we're all Irish! This year, we sorta went all out ... but I'm thinking next year can be bigger. Any way, we decided to through a St. Patty's Day family friendly party. Boy! Did we have a ton of kids! It was utter chaos, but the wee' ones had a blast!

But first things first! My son woke up to a lil' surprise the morning of March 17th.

 A sneaky lil' leprechaun used our toilet! What?! My son was so confused. But cheered up when he discovered the leprechaun's gold --- they were chocolate!

After the early, crazy morning, we headed downtown to participate in the inaugural St. Patty's day 5K run. (Instagram photos)

Next, we headed home for a special breakfast -- green pancakes and milk with Lucky Charms.

Now for the P.A.R.T.Y.

We had rainbow appetizers, green beer, and corned beef shepherds' pie.

Then we set up a "photo booth" to take silly pics in front of.


Like I said ... it was pure chaos.

We also made crafts and had a scavenger hunt in which the kids LOVED. They were given clues to follow the rainbow to a surprise!

A POT OF GOLD! They torn this pot open and then we had to take all the gold coins and seperate them equally ... but phew! They LOVED the hunt that they wanted to play again and again!

To say the least, we had a blast! Thank you to a dear friend and co-worker, Felix with Pressed Leaf Photography, for grabbing the camera and snapping away! You rock and your style is so different from mine, that it's a nice change of pace!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"It's a Bahamian Ting" | Methodist University Ministry Work Team 2012 | Fayetteville, N.C. Photographer

As you all know, I went on a mission trip with my Alma Mater — Methodist University. I had a great time and took lots of pictures, while redoing roofs and tiling. Most of the damage left was from Hurricane Irene over a year ago. We worked on houses that belonged to widows, single mothers, and other low income families. We had a blast and I feel like we really made a difference in seven peoples lives.

And as promised ... here are some of my photos!

We kept being told about the "island time." Everyone does their own thing on their own time ... I didn't witness it. We were busy, busy, busy! Above is also an airplane shot of the island. Look how skinny it is!

Not my photo - but this is a great picture from a fellow team member. Captures "Bahamian Time" perfectly.
Above is the camp we stayed at with Bahamas Methodist Habitat — Camp Symonette.

Working hard on the roof of Ms. Lewis' house. 

The finished project with our BMH leader, Wade and Ms. Lewis.

Just a quick snap shot of Bahamian life.

This was another woman's house that our team worked on. Her roof was horrible! Two of our teammates actually fell through her roof ... don't worry only scraps and bruises.

Wasn't joking about the damage of her roof ...

Learned how to tile while in the Bahamas!

School children coming home.

We got the chance to go to an Elementary school to sing bible songs, teach a short bible lesson, and hang out goodies to the kids. I gave out my traditional glow bracelets!

This picture makes me want to go back soooo badly!

A lil' girl from the school. She won me heart when she said, "I like your hair!" LOL - Another school boy I met while roaming around a village. He said, "Take my picture." So I did.

Cute right? LOL Look at the little boy's face, he's loving his ride home from school with his big brother!

Here's the motley crew! This was on the Glass Bridge — Where the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea meet.

Me, catching some sun!

Here's a little sea turtle! LOL I waited with three other teammates for what seemed forever to get this shot!

A buoy fence

Just one of the many boats grounded due to Hurricane Irene.

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Waiting on my Jet Plane | Methodist University Work Team | Fayetteville, N.C. Photographer

Well, I wouldn't call it a jet ... or a plane at that. I'm waiting on my lily pad hopper in Nassau, Bahamas to get to Eluthera. This will be my third mission trip with the Methodist University Work Team, my Alma Mater. I'm getting more and more excited about seeing Eluthera and the houses we will be eventually re-roofing. This will be the first time I won't be working with children ... but I'm sure I'll run into some around the island. I mean, it's only three miles wide and 150 miles long. I'm sure to run into someone native! ;-)

Here I am, being the big nerd that I am. See ... we have about a 5 hour layover ... for about a five minute flight from Nassau to Eluthera. I've gotta pass the time some how right? LOL People were looking at me with weird looks on their faces as I made crazy faces at my computer. I'm used to it, it happens a lot.

SWP will be offline and tech-less for about a week. But don't you fret your little eyes out ... I will have lots of photos to share with you about all the adventures I hope and will have on this trip. Take care and I'll see you soon!

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