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  • We Spread the Love Fundraiser!

    I've been wanting to do this for awhile, but wanted to wait until I was able to share with you words and photos of my time over in Uganda. Recently I turned 24 and this year, my biggest wish is to raise at least $240 to send to Arise and Shine Uganda to help the kids have an amazing Christmas. (You can see how they celebrated last year here.) Mary is headed there again in less than two weeks and I want to send a gift along with her. Here’s how you can help!

    I designed a newspaper for my Senior project this last Spring inspired by Mary’s new organization We Spread the Love and of course the orphanage! This is a 16-page (8 spread) piece that features Mary’s wonderful photography of the children. You can see more photos of it here, read more in-depth about the project here and learn how you can use it to spread love!

    I printed a limited amount and only five available copies. These are going for $48, which includes shipping. This will total $240 if I'm able to sell all of them! Along with newspaper, you'd also be getting two prints pictured below! 

    I've also sent up a print gallery of a few select prints. Purchase one or two as a gift for this upcoming holiday season!

    TO BUY THE NEWSPAPER, CLICK HERE.

    TO VIEW THE PRINT GALLERY, CLICK HERE.

    Thank you soo much for your support and love. Be sure to check out what Mary's up and what the orphanage is up to!

  • Uganda | March 2013

    It is difficult to believe that exactly eight months ago from yesterday, I was stepping off a plane on American soil home from an adventure that inevitably changed my heart and its desires for the better. Going to Uganda has been a longtime dream and this trip was the fruit of something planted in my heart years ago—a seed that I had long forgotten.

    On March 16th, Yvonne and I boarded a plane bound for Entebbe. My friend (and incredible photographer) Mary had been in Uganda for a few short months and the trip’s intentions were to visit her and to spend time with the children at Arise and Shine Uganda, a babies’ home and orphanage. At the time, we were all I’m sure a little frustrated at the timing of Mary being ill with malaria… but looking back, God had his hand on every portion of this trip.

    We were there for seven short but very full days. I had just finished the toughest quarter of school and my desires were simply to rest and to spend time with Yvonne and Mary. My friend Julie had just moved to Gulu two months prior and she made an eight-hour trip down to see us too—so much love for you! I met all of Mary's friends who were all so hospitable and kind. Along the way, we had many adventures and conversations that put my soul so much at ease.

    I won’t paint an unrealistic picture while I was over there. We weren’t in rough conditions or anything like that. Jinja is very much a tourist town. The greens were lush and the dirt so saturated. Uganda truly is a beautiful place. We spent afternoons at The Keep, a local restaurant with great milkshakes or The Source, a rad café that brought internet to Jinja for the first time. Yvonne and I spent many hours reading, writing or simply reflecting. It didn’t matter what we were doing really— one afternoon we spent at the doctor’s with Mary just laughing about the silliest things. We went on a boat ride in the Nile River, and ventured to Sipi Falls—a three-tier waterfall. Truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever experienced.

    Visiting the babies’ home made my heart so full. It’s true what they say about the kids jumping on you and wanting only to be held… which was incredible because that is the one thing I am able to do. In situations like this, I can only think of the Kingdom. It does no good to compare the conditions these children are in to the ones we are used to. I think about how much God loves these children, these humans, these lives… they are the kingdom. They embody all of the things our culture craves—authenticity and contentment. I brought my journal along and let the kids draw in some of my pages and I smile every time I open up these pages with these tiny little drawings...

    One afternoon, Mary took us to visit the Street Child Project. (DO check out their beautiful website if you have a minute to spare.) Spending time with these young boys who used to live on the streets was the highlight of my trip. I kid you not, they were some of the most well behaved boys I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting. We played ‘futball’, Yvonne taught some of them how to play the guitar and in exchange they taught her how to play the drums… We arm-wrestled and they let me win. Time passed all too quickly as the boys passed my camera around and I, sitting in this place so humbled… 

    I have to go back.

  • I'm going to Uganda!

    Hey friends! I'm so excited to be finally sharing some news that's been brewing in my heart for the past month (but, really for the past four years... scroll to the bottom to read the whole story!) I'm teaming up with We Spread the Love and offering holiday portrait sessions. The funds raised will help send me to Uganda in March 2013 to volunteer my time and hang out with the kids at Arise and Shine, a childrens' home... and I'm crossing my fingers that with your generous support, we'll be able to raise enough to donate additional funding for these kids!

    To fundraise for this trip, portrait sessions will offered at $200 for a 30-minute session or $400 for a 90-minute session in the months of November through January. A CD of images is also included in this price! Gather some friends and take some fun portraits together or get your family portraits taken in time for some holiday cards. If that's a little too much, I completely understand :) Another way in which you can help out is to buy a fine art print from my past travels in a gallery that I've set up here. (If there's a particular photograph you like that isn't in the gallery, just shoot me an email.)

    How did this come about, you ask? As a senior in high school, I had to give a presentation in order to graduate. I had to tell a panel of community members and teachers what I was going to do upon graduating high school. I had a very specific plan... but long story short, my plan was to get a degree in photography, become a photojournalist, work at a non-profit and go to Uganda. Well, if you know me at all, life has taken me on a different road. I attended photo school for a year, but realized it wasn't for me. I moved back home and switched schools studying visual communication and entrepreneurship... my dream of going to Uganda slowly drifted to the bottom of desires and priorities. Doors for wedding documentary opened and I have loved doing that for the past two years! 

    In September, my lovely friend Mary from Floataway Studios (you may also know her as Wandering with Mary) came and visited in Seattle. Over breakfast we caught up and shared our lives and she told me that she would soon be returning to Uganda for six months to work and volunteer at Arise and Shine. I had nonchalantly mentioned that I had always wanted to Uganda and she said, "Come with me." And I thought about it for a split second and said, "Okay!"

    I've been thinking about it ever since and am realizing that this is totally feasible. I was also thinking how incredible it is that God is so faithful when he plants dreams in your heart. Now, as a senior in college, the dream has resurfaced and here's a door of opportunity. Four and a half years later. It's kind of a like a full-circle kinda deal, and I think it's amazing.

    I'll aiming to raise $3000 and to head out there March 17th through the 25th. If you'd like more information about Arise and Shine, head to their website or watch this short video about what they are currently working on.

    So there's that! I am so excited. Please consider booking a portrait session, buying a print, donating or if you believe in prayer... sending one of those up to the big guy. 

    Thank you to you all.