Category Archives: kiddos

Gap Teeth. Muscles. Sweet Kicks.


Devon, age 5, immediately after showing off his break dancing moves.
Just one of the many reasons I love Hartland.

PLAY // Dance or Die by Janelle Monae

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Gold


Please look at how gorgeous these photographs are. Maria took them with her disposable. Unbelievable. Except not, because they are real. They were in the group of photos we found on Tuesday.

Listen to this James Blake song, “Lindesfarne II.” It is equally as serendipitous as Maria’s photos. TJ did a very very good thing when he showed me James. I want to listen to him day and night. Honestly, I haven’t been this excited about an artist since…Phoenix! Or TJ, when he released his album Tradition, which you can download here.
Anywho, press PLAY for James.

IT IS FRIDAY!!! Yes, yes, yes! Have the happiest of weekends.

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Hartland Loves


Little kiddos from Hartland. Major revamping/decorating plans are in the process for the community center, laundry room, mail room, and manager’s office! So exciting!!!
Song o’ the day: Shadows (Jens Lekman Remix) by Au Revoir Simone…

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Spring at Hartland!


Hartland is back in full swing as of yesterday! The weather was perfect. Also, some long awaited plans are finally coming into fruition! God is so very good to us.
All of the below photos were taken by Maria, age 12.



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In Love…

This is one of my favorite images from Cairo. It is difficult to explain why…it just felt like something special when I shot it.

A brother holding his sister’s hand as they walk home from school… such sweet love.

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Halloween Love!


When I went to get the cameras on Friday before the show, all the little ones were carrying around candy and had Halloween garb on. So cute!
Pray for the girls today as we have class at 3. I still need to share their images from class with you… Ahhhh soon!

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A Disposable Perspective


These are my favorite shots from my first disposable roll. I cannot express to you how much I like shooting this way! It is so fun and carefree because well…uh… you snap and then wind. Obviously, you think about the pictures differently because there are only about 25 per roll. I get the one shot I want and move on, no need for 7 pictures of the same thing. Just one, thanks! I know it may sound a bit silly to revert to this camera, but I want to be able to get to know their finicky nature again so if the girls I am teaching at Hartland have problems with their cameras, I know what the causes may be. I am ready to make mistakes and learn with them!


Join me as I play around with these cameras!

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With Cameras


“Zana wanted to encourage the kids in the workshop to use photography to explore their lives and their world…. They were asked to look at the familiar in a way that would lead them to new conclusions… The editing process gave the kids a venue for articulating their thoughts and feelings. It demonstrated, perhaps for the first time in their lives, that their opinions and experiences were of value. That they themselves were valued.”
-Kids With Cameras
week 1 project: home. both photos are by maria. she is 12, and the youngest in my class.

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Snap Snap Snap

MEET DANIEL HESTER.

TJ & I were taking pictures with Samuel when Daniel came back out with his own lil’ cam. He took so many snaps with his non-working Polaroid. Ready for bed too…as you can see with those PJ’s.

The weekend in Louisville was so so so wonderful. More to come!

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New Mexico Love

Lately these images had been on my mind, so I dug them up from my New Mexico files.


They were taken when I rode with one of the missionary couples as they dropped off children at their homes on the Indian reservations. The area in which they live is dealing with some extremely tough situations. Suicide is rampant along with abuse and alcoholism. However, these children are being loved on because of the amazing people there and the faithful God we serve. The missionaries live heavy lives… heavier than I can even begin to comprehend. Why do they stay? Why are they passionate?


Love is the greatest commandment.

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