Shane Ritter

Recently I got asked to take photos for Dr. Shane Ritter. He's a professional engineer with much experience in electrical engineering. He's the Principle Electrical Engineer of Ritter Engineering, based out of Wesley Chapel, North Carolina. He also consults with other engineering firms in both domestic and foreign endeavors. 

Shane is such a great guy, and it was great to take some portraits of him individually, as well as in other settings. (I even got to check out the 3D Printer!) 

On a warmer note, I'll be road tripping with my good friend to CALI in the second week of may. I've NEVER been to California, and we're going to San Diego! Of course many pictures will be taken, and laughs to be had. Weeks like these help me to realize that I'm extremely blessed and how I need to learn to appreciate it more. 

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Our Olivet

What a crazy month! I had a lot of traveling, met some great people, but most importantly learned so much! 

One of the biggest projects I've been working on has been a Campaign for what Olivet Nazarene University calls "Advocates." Essentially it's a supporter of Olivet, whether it be your time, money, or words of encouragement to direct someone towards our school. After hearing that portion I decided to start a campaign called "Our Olivet" a short film featuring three vignettes of people who are not the standard alumni that are Olivet "Advocates." 

Never hearing of the denomination of Nazarene before, I felt much like a few of these people. Not knowing if it was a cult, a place, or a country (It's actually a denomination of Christianity...but also a place. Nazareth!) I was pretty confused when I was a student. Our Olivet shows that you don't have to be a student, give a crazy amount of money, or have a building named after you. Olivet is a place to help students grow, and together, it's ours, but more importantly it's yours. 

Thanks again for following my blog and some of the things happening in my life. I love being able to meet people like Harold, Steve, and Brenda. Their stories really encourage me not to be content with where I am, and where I do happen to be, to not be content with my surroundings. 

I think each village was meant to feel pity for its own sick and poor whom it can help and I doubt if it is the duty of any private person to fix his mind on ills which he cannot help. This may even become an escape from the works of charity we really can do to those we know. God may call any one of us to respond to some far away problem or support those who have been so called. But we are finite and he will not call us everywhere or to support every worthy cause. And real needs are not far from us.
— C.S. Lewis

Lucas & Jordan // 12-28-13

After what seemed like a crazy few weeks, it was great to end on such a great note with this edited piece of awesomeness. Jordan and Lucas contacted me almost a whole year earlier to book their wedding date with me, and what a great day it was! This took place in Joliet, Il, only about 10 minutes from where I grew up, so it was great to see some of the new sights in this area. This was by far one the most energetic receptions I've ever been to. 

Jordan and Lucas thank you SO MUCH for letting me document your day. It was so fun to edit, enjoy this reminder of such a beautiful day! 

p.s. special shout out to the village people for helping to make this night memorable! 

nashville engagement - kelsey + caleb

This past week I traveled down to Nashville to, among other things, shoot an engagement shoot with these two. What an amazing day, with a perfect location, and two amazingly awesome people. Both Kelsey and Caleb both tour in bands from Nashville. Kelsey in 1 Girl Nation, and Caleb in Anthem Lights

We took a little pit stop near our hotel to The Factory in Franklin, TN. It was such a cool place, it contained businesses, meeting rooms, and a church. After kindly asking for the space for a few minutes we took some beautiful shots. The skylights really helped to bring new light into the space (and the hanging doors helped too!).

I had a crazy week of shooting, and this was just such a great addition to the week. It was my first time in Nashville and I felt right at home. I can't wait to see where these two incredibly talented people end up. 

Kelsey is one of the strongest people I know, her story is one that can make you get out of your seat and impact others. She is truly talented and multi-talented. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook! (I hear she might even give you some voice lessons!).

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This is actually the back of the 'sanctuary' for the church service. SO cool, right?

This is actually the back of the 'sanctuary' for the church service. SO cool, right?

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These guys are rock stars. We could only last about 5 minutes in the freezing cold. Great Job! 

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It always makes things so much better when laughing is involved. I love how normal Kelsey is reacting to this. 

It always makes things so much better when laughing is involved. I love how normal Kelsey is reacting to this. 

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Check out the rest of the photos on the Engagement tab :)

Thank you SO much for letting me document your engagement. I wish you all the best. You two are such a great couple and and your laughter is infectious. Love you both! 

-Jordan T. Hansen