Friday, January 27, 2012

Growing with Baby A - 6mos.

Why, oh why do they grow so fast?  I guess we'll never know... but what I do know is that this sweet girl is getting cuter by the minute!  Here are some of my favorites from her 6 month Grow With Me session:





 One of my favorite things of the Grow With Me sessions is seeing how the babies change, and how their personalities start to shine through their photos.  Baby A is a sweet, sweet girl and it certainly shows in her pictures!  Thanks for letting me capture your baby Murray family!

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Letter to YOU:

This one's for YOU - yes YOU!  If you've ever had me capture you, your family, your friends, your party, your pet - this one's for you

First of all, I would just like to thank you so much for supporting Mission for Mawu Photography!  It has been such a joy to work with clients like you and be able to give you memories that will last!  I truly appreciate your business! 
I’m excited to share with you that my family has the opportunity to go to Africa in June!  As you may know, Mission for Mawu was created out of my love for Africa and I’m thrilled (and a little surprised, honestly) that our entire family will be headed to Tanzania in just 5 short months!  I always knew I'd go back to Africa, and I always knew we'd be there someday as a family, but I never thought it would be so soon!
 We will be traveling with some friends of ours (Frank & Aimee) and three teenagers for two weeks.  We'll be staying with missionaries Peter & Mary Street, who have started the
House of HopeHouse of Hope will be a home where girls that have been sold into slavery, prostitution and are otherwise ‘unwanted’, will have a place to live, learn and be loved.  It's not ready for girls to move in yet, but we plan to help with some light construction of the home while we're there. We will also be doing a basketball outreach for the boys in Moshi, we’ll be visiting the Masai tribe (think National Geographic!) to do a children’s outreach, and we will also be going to local hospitals to pray over people and local orphanages to love on little ones.
 I’m sharing this with you because I’d love to give you all the special opportunity to partner with us on our journey!  There are three ways you can ‘go’ to Africa, without getting on a plane.  First, you can continue to support Mission for Mawu and keep referring your friends and family as well!  For any client that refers two or more bookings, you’ll get a free gift!  Referrals are what keep me going!  Twenty-five percent of every session fee gets donated to Father’s House in Ghana, West Africa and the other seventy-five percent goes into our missions fund to help us as we prepare for this trip.  We will use it to help cover the cost of vaccines needed, visas, supplies, etc. 
Secondly, you can send a tax deductible* gift to help cover the cost of our trip.  We are trying to raise $6600 for the three of us.  That cost covers all travel, lodging and meals for the 15 days we will be gone.  If you decide to give by check, please make it payable to Benham Foundation, and write our name in the memo line.  Gifts can be sent to the Benham Foundation at 5630 Fetzer Ave.,  Concord, NC, 28027.  Any and all gifts are greatly appreciated - every little bit helps!
Thirdly, and most importantly, we’d love it if you could stand alongside us in prayer about this trip.  Specifically, that we will meet or even exceed our goal for the costs to be covered by the due date of April 1st  so we can use excess to purchase gifts and supplies to give out once we arrive.  We’d also appreciate prayers for our health and safety before, during and after the trip.  And lastly, that the people we meet along the way will have open minds and hearts to receive God’s love.
Thank you so much for considering coming alongside us on this exciting journey!  You can keep up with the progress of the trip and any events by logging onto our Facebook Page

I'd love to answer any questions you have about our trip - feel free to leave a comment!

A Rare Occurrence

It's a rare occurrence that this family is all in the same city at the same time - so I was happy to capture it on camera to preserve these memories for the Gonzalez/Hendricks clan! 
Some of my favorites from the shoot:

The little man leading the pack is obsessed with trains, so you know he had to go check out the tracks! :)

 Love this shot of mom & dad

This little one fell in love with "Paw Paw" and wouldn't let anyone else hold him!

Hangin' with Grandma &  Paw Paw

The Whole Fam!


 Mom & Daughter

Dad & his boys

Thanks for letting me capture this special time for your family, guys, it was fun!