I took a short drive to clear my head and take some pictures on this beautiful day. It's so crazy what a short period of time by yourself can do. I'm feeling pretty recharged and ready to tackle some of the main projects I have on my plate. Here are some of my favorites!
A short video for Olivet Nazarene University to help communicate quick facts that set the school apart from others!
I have to give a huge shout out to Simon & Moose Creative for the hand drawn graphics (Yes, both main graphics are real, the facts are the only thing added in post.)
Really love how it turned out, and it was a blast putting together that chalkboard in 2 days, ha! One the biggest things I learned is you should buy chalk at hobby lobby. Walmart/Kmart/Target/FiveBelow and Jewel Osco will all inevitably let you down.
A few months back we took a trip to Nashville to meet up with Dave Mohr of Remedy Drive. Along with shooting a quick interview with him, I was able to shoot an in-studio song with the guys. I really love seeing their hearts, and they were great to work with.
I've wanted to do an in-studio session for a while, and really love how it turned out! Music is still one of my passions and it was great to be involved on the other side of the lens. Thanks guys!
Almost three years ago I embarked on a journey to the country of Haiti. It was a mission trip I took with some other students to learn, understand, and serve. At first I was pretty apprehensive about mission trips, after all how can building a church or playing with orphans really save them from their situation?
After almost two weeks I found that answer.
I (we) didn't.
Before I touch back to that, I'll share our goals for the trip. Our plan was to paint two churches, (Paint preserved buildings. Without paint, the humidity and heat would deteriorate the concrete and in less than a year the building would be structurally unsafe) volunteer at the local orphanage, lead English lessons in two schools, and distribute over 500 pairs of shoes to entrepreneurs to sell in their businesses.
Often children would come up to us and ask for money or food. And as hard as it was to say no, something as little as a dollar could cause a riot in this small of a community.
After coming back from my missions trip I realized something: Painting churches, hanging out with kids, making sure I get THE PROFILE PICTURE for the next 6 months posted immediately on Facebook, and trinkets to bring back, should not be the reasons I decide to go. It absolutely wasn't to come back and share how much I changed their lives.
The honest truth is going to a foreign country, especially one that has 50 times less income per household than the US, seeing the joy and contentment in their eyes, knowing they have no clue where their next meal is, yet enjoys life, is something that changes you. I woke up, the reality I know is not true reality. I'm so focused on my iPhone, my camera, my car, my stuff, that I forget to stop and enjoy life. I need to find the joy that the Haitians have, and it only comes from one place, Jesus Christ.
I learned I should have never viewed a mission trip as "saving them." If anyone needs saved it's me. My lifestyle/money/decisions is about me, my happiness, and my success. How dare I think I can "help" people in a country that is financially bankrupt yet has immense joy.
I'm eternally grateful to the country of Haiti and what they taught me.
It's been great going through these photos that I honestly forgot I had until a month ago. Thanks for reading this far and please, please, please ask me about this trip if you have questions/concerns/things you want to talk about or get off your chest. Thanks!
I created a short promotional video for the KVTA Theatre Company to promote their rendition of Shrek. Love how it turned out, the set looked beautiful. It was so great working with such amazing actors! Thanks guys.