Striving to use photography to connect the humanity of people around the world and bring about a more just society.

Frozen Waves

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Happy Summer! You know that point of summer where its so hot you start dreaming of winter? Have we gotten to that point yet? I haven’t, I’m still soaking up the warmth. Its been a while since I’ve shared any pictures with you guys so I found a few for you to enjoy. I shot these on a panoramic Holga. My friend Paw Loe Wa is the adventurous explorer pictured here with me.


 

Check back in a few weeks for pictures from Sarah and Patrick’s wedding!

Beach

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I have crazy photogenic friends. And I live within driving distance of crazy beautiful beaches. Life cannot get any more perfect.


Fun fact: Did you notice that the color scheme of my pictures changed drastically between the first half and the second half? I did an experiment and got the first roll developed and scanned at my local photo store. The second roll I sent out to Richard Photo Lab in California. I really wish I could get a happy medium between the two color interpretations. I’m going to have to play around with that some more. Here’s a good example if you can’t tell the difference right away:

Which color theme do you prefer?

North

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I ventured up north with my family and family friends to capture these. You may recognize my beautiful model Grace from other photos years ago.

Cornerstone 2012

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The Tribe, Brothers and Sisters, Family

Some of these people I have been meeting every year at Cornerstone. Others I just met this year. Amidst the 105 degree heat I honestly didn’t get to have many deep conversations with them. But I still saw them almost every day and asked to take their pictures and learned a little about them. Even without knowing much about each other, the love and acceptance of this group permeated it all and it was clear that everyone is accepted as family with them.

This was the last Cornerstone Festival, but I believe that God will bring us together again and we’ll grow even closer.



Athina and Jake || Grand Rapids Portrait Photographer

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Hands down, Athina is the most fashionable person I know. I have been dreaming of capturing her in a fashion photo shoot since the time that I met her. Finally, the starts aligned a few weeks ago and it worked out. Athina and her boyfriend Jake met me in Grand Rapids armed with their suitcases and garment bags and I with my Bronica. Shooting such gorgeous models like them gave me such confidence boost! I couldn’t read the minds of the people walking by, but I’m pretty sure they were thinking, “wow, she must be a high-profile fashion photographer!”. Even before I got the film developed, I knew this shoot had been an epic one. Now, without further adieu, I introduce to you…

Thanks for lookin!

Carving Canes with Bert

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This is Bert. I met him in Kentucky a month ago. As we were talking to him he mentioned that he had something to show to us. He then walked us through several different rooms of his house pointing out things that he had whittled and carved and painted. One of my favorites (which I didn’t get a picture of) was a purple pen with something on top and little plastic wings glued to it. I looked at it and thought, “Is that a one-eyed flying purple people eater? Surely its not!”. Bert held it up and asked “What do you think this is?”. Slowly I answered, not wanting to offend him it was something else… but I was right, hahaha. What a great sense of humor he has. He also had a carved rattle snake that was coiled up as if ready to strike, tucked away in a shadowy corner. He told me it has actually scared people before.

These aren’t the knives he uses to carve with, these are decorative ones that he carved the handles for and painted on the blades.

Lately he has been making a lot of canes, mostly for friends. This wacky-face one was my favorite.

He explained this cane to me in detail but since I’m not a huge Kentucky basketball fan I don’t remember everything he said. I believe he said that he has actually made two of them because someone else saw it and wanted one really badly.

The collection of bird figures were so classic and perfect.

Each of these matchbox-sized cars was carved out of that one stick.

This is his front porch where he keeps all of his sticks until he’s ready to carve them. He finds all of them in the mountains himself.┬áThat is also the knife that he uses to carve everything.

This day was truly a highlight of my time in Kentucky. If I lived any closer I would love to go back and visit Bert again and even photograph more of his carving process. One of the things I regret is not getting an audio recording of him passionately describing it all.

I’m looking forward to doing more projects like this in the future. If you know anyone who has an interesting hobby or profession let me know! Thanks for reading and looking at this. Leave a comment if you enjoyed it!

Katy

Dewey Dam, Kentucky

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The first day we were in Kentucky we went to Dewey Dam to hang out a little. I had fun taking a few shots and basking in the perfect weather. I also asked these guys that were fishing if I could take some snapshots of them. Let me tell you this- asking people if you can take a picture in English is much more daunting than trying to ask in German. I actually had a great conversation with the guy fishing in the very last picture. He shared his viewpoint on the coal industry in the region as well as the health disparities in Appalachia. It was really nice to have his observations in my mind during the rest of the week as we heard many different sides.


These pictures were all shot with my Bronica Sq-Ai with Fuji Reala 100.

Alyssa || Holland, MI Portrait Photographer

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Meet Alyssa. Just another one of my roommates to blog about. (New requirement: if you want photos of yourself to show up on my blog you need to first room with me at some point, ha!). I was about to say that I’ve blogged about all of my roommates but then I remembered that I have 5 roommates in Germany!

Back to Alyssa. She is the gosh-darn most driven woman ever. And the number of internships she’s had? Like 20? In 5 different fields? This summer she’s doing a design internship with Anthropologie. Holla! Sometimes I worry that I’m pushing myself to do too much too young… and then I remember Alyssa and I get back off my butt again. Also, I’m not that much of a coffee drinker… but those chai latte whatever things were amazing.

Daisy || Illinois Portrait Photographer

Meet Daisy! I don’t really know where to start with introducing her because there’s so much to her! Daisy was my roommate freshman year of college so we got to see each other through all the changes that come with that. She has changed her major about three times since then but currently she is majoring in Japanese (as well as Writing, I think) and she’s studying abroad in Japan this semester! Daisy has a beautiful heart for the Lord and missions and hopes to be a missionary there some day as well. I took these pictures of her in January while we both happened to be in the same country for a bit. The little cafe/shop at the end is one that Daisy always went to to get ice cream when she was little. I loved the colors and the chalkboard. I took a few pictures of her on my toy camera as well but I have yet to get that film developed so keep posted!

Missy and Kingston || Naperville Portrait & Pet Photographer

This is Missy. She is an absolute doll-face. This semester she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina with one of my other best friends! Even though we met at college in Michigan she actually lives near my home in Illinois so we get to hang on breaks too. This is her dog Kingston. He is quite a gentleman- in the handsome meaning- definitely not calm though (what puppy is?).








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