Tag : joy
Haitians must have some cultural code where they think portraits are supposed to be all serious because when I took portraits, almost every person would suddenly look so somber. I was having a hard time capturing their personality and laughter. Then I came up with the idea of shooting my portrait camera (Nikon D700 with an 85mm f/1.4) and showing them their photos on the back of the camera with my left hand and then shooting my wide angle camera (Nikon D5100 with a Sigma 17-55mm f/2.8) with my right hand. I love how the photos came out. Those kids in the rural village of Fond Blanc are awesome.
Looking at a photo on the back of my camera.
Sisters. These girls live in absolute poverty. Their parents, along with all of the other adults, leave to work in the strawberry fields all day, and the girls are left on their own. Yet, these girls are so warm and fun. Every time we visit Trece de Mayo, these girls run up to us and give us huge hugs.
Me and my girl during a mission trip to Baja. Happy Valentine’s Day.
While we were singing by the campfire, my wife, Marla, gets a bunch of the kids and she goes off under the stairs to play with them. The kids in Baja are such a treasure.
Some of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had on short-term mission trips have been singing praise and worship songs with Oxacans in Baja. Here, the ladies prepared fish tacos, and we sat around the campfire for hours and enjoyed the warm fellowship and music.
On the left is my son, Morgan Weeks, and his long-time best friend, Eric Wermuth, at the end of a long day of construction work during a short-term mission trip. Going on a short-term mission trip can have a profound impact on your life, and the experience can be extraordinary when you serve side-by-side with your close friends. For me, I was traveling with my family and close friends, and this trip to Baja was one of the most enjoyable weeks of my life.
While traveling through Nicaragua, we met Michael and Joan Vilasi (firstname.lastname@example.org), who had moved from America to start a home for abused and abandoned girls on the Isle of Ometepe, Nicaragua. The girls at the home were awesome – so sweet and appreciative for the support of American Christians.