What a blessing to be invited to capture 70 years of marriage and family — Not to mention they were an absolute blast to work with!
Thanks “W” Family for participating in Photography with a Purpose to benefit the Hope Water Project. Cuteness overload with this family…and special thanks to Dad for the motivation to “borrow” someone’s driveway for some awesome shots!
Thank you so much “A” Family for participating in Photography with a Purpose! Your donation to my Hope Water Project fundraiser will help families in Kenya have clean water! Just like last year, your family was so much fun to photograph – you definitely have a great love between you! Enjoy the sneak peek! If you are interested in learning more about the Hope Water Project’s clean water initiative, visit: hopewaterproject.org.
It seems true you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink – or pose just how you want for photos! But I had a great time capturing Hailey and her horse Aryon last night at Shenanigans Barn in Oxford, MI. My first shoot with a horse, and I’d say the photos aren’t too bad… Enjoy!
To entice you to create those memories, I am offering mini-sessions to the first six people to donate to my fundraising site for the Hope Water Project! As many of you know, I travelled to Kenya in February, and since that time have been involved with a few projects to improve the quality of life for the Pokot community. One of them is the Hope Water Project, which exists to bring clean water wells to eastern Kenya. I will be running a 5K with my son in October as part of these efforts. One step at a time, one donation at a time, we are bringing water to these people. Water is life! Learn more at hopewaterproject.org.
Mini-sessions are available after noon on August 15 and again after noon on September 12 at the Rochester Municipal Park. (Before noon, I serve as site photographer for our Hope Water Group Runs on Saturday mornings). Rain dates will be scheduled in the event the weather is uncooperative.
And of course you want to know what’s required and what you’ll get!
- $50 Donation = 15 minute mini-session and 3 digital images
- $100 Donation = 30 minute mini-session and 5 digital images
- $200 Donation = 60 minute “full” session and 10 digital images
- Additional images available for $10 paid to me or to the fundraising site
To make a tax deductible donation, visit: My fundraising page, make a donation and send an email to: Jenn Waechter or call me at 248-933-9582. I will receive a donation notification, so don’t worry! Your contacting me will start the scheduling process and allow me to email you the appropriate paperwork! I will post to my blog and Facebook when the slots are filled. Want to make sure spots are still available before you donate, just call!
Got questions? Give me a call! 248-933-9582
I can’t wait to work with you and for us to make a difference together!
A few samples of mini-sessions from the past:
Without question, I love to photograph faces more than anything else. The expressions, the eyes, the knowing beyond what can be communicated with words. Faces of all the people, but particularly those of the children in Kenya, have captured my heart. They have a wisdom about them that is hidden with their youth, and only by really looking and feeling can you see that it is there.
You look at the faces
that belie the truth in their years.
Joy, wisdom, sparkle, grace
deep in their eyes,
a truth of knowing beyond age.
Kenya is on my heart today. The children, the feelings, the culture and the presence. I miss the Pokot and their deep way of connecting to presence. You know the girl whose picture I posted the other day? The girl who God used to speak truth right to my heart? If not, read about it here https://presentmomentphotography.com/2015/03/05/reflection-pokot-kenya-metro-detroit-photographerg-grac-pokot-kenya-metro-detroit-photographer/ You’ll be glad you did.
I am thinking about her family, and the children, and the squalor in which they live, and their desperate need for water, walking over five hours a day just to have something to drink. I am thinking about how beautiful and engaged they were with life, but also how sick they were and tired and worn. And despite it all, they were beautifully faithful. So much more faithful than I am as I sit in my kitchen on a Saturday worrying about the future and my purpose in life and my kids fighting instead of loving and worrying and worrying and texting every friend I have for distraction. I am doing all of this instead of simply putting my faith in a God that already knows what my future is, and that future is undoubtedly beautiful, as were all the past futures of my life because they led me to where I am now.
If you need an example of faith today, to bring you back to this perfect and present moment, cling to the example I saw deep in the desert of Africa, where everything was scarce, except for an amazing and deep conviction that God will take care of them. At this visit, the people asked us to pray with them, and their prayer request continues to knock me to my knees in faith since I have been home. “Please pray that we will get a church,” they asked, “because we know God will make it rain.” A prayer for a Church in a place where the sustainability of life depends on water and it had not rained for six months. They live on the Living Water of Jesus. What would it be like to join them?
God spoke the words below on my heart the other day, when I realized I had woken up in Kenya, no longer a ghost of myself, lost to worry and regret, but awake to presence and purpose and excitement and a conviction to listen for God’s plan for me. I am backsliding today, but I won’t give up.
I stood across from them,
and I heard the baby cry
at the ghost in my skin,
and I wondered if she knew
I was a ghost of myself?
I have been home from Kenya for almost three weeks, and it’s as if I think overnight I am going to become a writer. I have waited almost three weeks to post anything to this page because I am afraid. I am afraid I cannot convey the depth of feeling and freedom I found on my trip to visit the Pokot in Kenya. I feel compelled to share every detail and bit of wisdom I took from my trip. God told me days ago what to publish here. And I listened, but not really. I am not a writer, and my mind tells me I can’t just publish the words God gave me. I have to write and rewrite and revise, and ask for input. So I waited. And so you waited. And that really doesn’t do anyone any good. God gave me a story, and though it is short it is meaningful. I am supposed to give it to you.
This image is one of my favorite from my trip. It is a little girl from an area I can only hope I am accurately recalling as Lomada, outside the Kodich Orphanage in western Kenya. The children here were dirty, and they all had runny noses. They walk barefoot on feces everyday. You literally cannot take a step without walking on animal droppings. Hardest of all was the minimum of five hours they needed to walk for water everyday. Despite the harsh reality of life in the Pokot, I have never felt such deep faith, love and compassion from others as I did there.
Within in her eyes, the depth of truth is revealed. If you look closely you will see my image reflected in her eyes. This is the truth of life. We are all each other. We are woven together by a God who sees the intricate and infinite truth that within each of us, is the heart of the other.
God gave me these words:
I could drink for 1000 years inside your eyes.
Their depth pulls me in from outside myself,
And suddenly I am present inside myself.
I am you and you are me,
We are each other.
Give yourself a gift today. Give yourself compassion and grace. When you give it to yourself, you will find it is there for everyone.
In November, I had the privilege to shoot behind the scenes for a Kensington Church video shoot. I absolutely adore my church and always love helping out with my camera. It was four hours listening to the same song, over and over while the team captured the necessary shots for the Christmas service video. Not once did I tire of hearing the song or wish it was over. The energy and enthusiasm were amazing to witness and feel. It really got my Christmas season off to the right start. And now that Christmas has come and gone, I feel like I can share my shots without giving the video away… Enjoy!