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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Got Milk?

That was the theme for this adorable pregnancy announcement I got to shoot a couple of weeks ago!
When the mom contacted me, shared her idea and vision - I couldn't resist!  I put together a few choices for her and this is the one she chose -

What a fun way to announce!
Can you tell which glass represents whom?  :)

Congrats Omari family - and thanks for letting me capture this for you! 

From left to right: dad, mom, oldest boy, youngest boy, oldest girl-youngest girls, baby(gender unknown) 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

{Far Too} Long Overdue...

I'm alive!  {I'm positive you were wondering} ;)

Haven't fallen down Mt. Kilimanjaro (you'd have to climb up it to fall down it though, eh?), haven't been carried away by giant bugs, and haven't been eaten by a lion.  

I have, however, been super busy serving my heart out at Hope International School as the volunteer Jr. High teacher, transitioning our family from a friends' house to our own home, adjusting to life in Tanzania, volunteering in the village on the weekends, and taking the (very) occasional photo shoot.

I admit, I'm quite sad that I haven't been able to do many photo sessions.  I pick up my camera much, much less than I'd prefer, actually.  I'm hoping now that we're settled in I can start getting some more clients and doing more sessions.  Until then, I still snap away for our little family outings, or when we're in the village - and I even have had a couple of family sessions since we've been here!  

Here's a little sampling:

First up: The Helbling family.  
These guys are the founders of the organization we're here with, Global Effect.  It's an honor to partner with them here in Moshi and {I admit} they're some of my favorite people in Moshi. :)


Next Up: The Majengo Village Playground Ministry
We love spending our Saturdays at the playground ministry.  Kids come from over an hour (walking time) away to play at this playground, have fun, see the love of Jesus and learn from his Word.  

Village Churches.
Occasionally we get the opportunity to go to church in the village, help friends lead kids' programs and just minister to the people that don't see many wazungus (that's Kiswahili for white people). :)
It's always a joy to see the passion these believers have, and to be able to pour into them.

And then theres the Loudermilk Family.
I feel a special bond with these great people - we arrived here for our 1 month stay the day after they arrived here for good.  We shared living space with them for their first three weeks on the mission field.  They're from Iowa, so we have that midwestern thang going on, dontchya' know. :)  And also our two toddlers get along swimmingly.
They've recently adopted a sweet little infant and are in process of adopting a toddler… I smell another family session coming on! ;)

And I can't leave out our excursions…. so much beauty it's a privilege to be able to get out and see Africa.  The organization we volunteer for doesn't pay us a salary, but does take us on fun, cheap excursions as a 'thank you' - and we are SO incredibly thankful!  Here are a few shots from our adventures:

Lake Chalah Camping Trip

It was a grueling hike down that cliff face for a swim - especially with O on back - but it was totally worth it to say that we swam in a crater-lake! 

Pangani Camping Trip
Looking for seashells with a couple of his favorites during low tide
Don't worry about raccoons at the campsite - it's these guys you have to watch for!
This shot is straight out of the camera (minus the watermark).  Our last morning on the Indian Ocean.
These are from my iPhone, which was in a Dandy Case - was a bit too nervous to take Chuck (my DSLR) on the boat for the snorkeling trip :)

See the two red starfish?
This is the actual sail on the boat - no filter or edits!

Cool blue coral


It was super, duper windy - hence Owen's face :) But he was very excited to hold the starfish!
So there's a snip-it into what's been happening lately… and now that it's taken, literally, 2 hours to upload all these (low-resolution) photos, I'm remembering why I procrastinated an update.  And I've learned my lesson: update more often and have less photos to post at once and not spend 6 hours writing one blog.  

The End.   :)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Waiting Expectantly...

For the arrival of their new little boy!
The Greens & I had fun hanging around uptown, despite the heavens opening up during the middle of our session!


Best of luck to you guys - thanks for letting me capture this special time for you!  

Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Fun with Luke

Hard to believe this little peanut...
Has grown into this cheesin' little man!

We had SO much fun traipsing around the greenway - he made it his mission to find all the gaps in the boardwalk, and he wanted his picture taken by every. single. one.  Boys will be {toddler} boys.  And hey, if that's what a good time was for him, I was happy to oblige!  Not to mention it gave his mom (a former teaching buddy) & I a chance to reconnect :)


A good, hot, sweaty time was had by all! 

Thanks so much for allowing me to grow with your (not so) baby boy Sides family!!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The One Where Mommy & Daddy Were Kissing in the Tree House

Meet the Miller Family -

Kayla & Quentin are a couple of the most dedicated FHKids volunteers I know at Freedom House, and it was so much fun hanging with their family for an afternoon!
There was climbing and balancing:

Running and Jumping

And even some romantic dancing...                         ..... and kissing.... 
...much to the distaste of the littles.  :)  

Thanks for totally rockin' out your first-ever family photo session, Miller family - it was a blast!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mini Session Madness

With our big move to Africa I thought it'd be great to dedicate just one day to mini sessions where 100% of the proceeds would go toward our move... and the response was phenomenal!  I had 6 sessions on the schedule, some in the morning and some in the evening... and they were all so much fun!  I truly love doing what I do and it was a blast photographing these families. 19 children, 2 puppies and and about 7 miles of running around wore me out - but it was so worth it!
Here are a few of my favorites from the day!
The Griffin Family:

The Matthews Family:

The Smith Family:


The Schuchard Family:


The Smith Family:

The Meadows Family:

Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you!  I truly appreciate your support and the opportunity to capture your beautiful families!!