So Janie was one of the two people that took me up on my I’ll do photography for your family in exchange for support towards our Africa trip deal.
The group shot went MUCH better than I had hoped, I was a little intimidated shooting a group of 14. I used a wingback chair (Stanley Learywould be so proud) I used my 580ex fired through an umbrella at about 1/2 or 1/4 power triggered via my PW Plus II’s. I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to light the whole group of 14 with just one light, but I did. This was the biggest group portrait I’ve ever done and the family did a GREAT job.
Here’s a pic of the kids.
Sidique, Jadenne, Rashad and Julie Fofana.
Mike, Lily, Meridith and Megan Rohlin.
Zachery, Rick, Sandie, and Jason Rohiln.
What would your life look like if you could stop trying to be something your not and just be yourself?
Be free to be who God created you to be.
God you’re so patient. You are the best thing, yet you never force your goodness on anyone. You never demand the respect that You deserve. Why? Is that because you just want people to recognize your goodness on their own? To come to their own conclusion? I guess respect comes in its purist form when its given freely, and not done out of obligation and duty, guilt or coercion.
You were silent as they mocked you and crucified you. You even prayed forgive them father for they know not what they do. You are the king of kings and the lord of lords. You created man, and man tortured you to death.
You did it because you love us. You did it to expose our ugly sin, the depravity of our humanity without you.
God you loved us so much that you made a way for us to walk in relationship with you even though we messed it up. You are the initiator.
Help me to know this love better, and to love with this same love.
some of our Christmas decorations on our mantle
It looks fine in this picture, but on our mantle it looks kind of sad, because the mantle is so big and the things on it are so small. It looks a lot better now that we super glued Joesph’s head back on. I said we should probably go buy green army men to protect Jesus and that would make it better but I’m not sure Jess thought that was a good idea.
our advent calender that my parents made for us
While we were in MD over Thanksgiving my parents gave me our own advent calender. It was one of our family Christmas traditions growing up. To take turns each night reading scripture that told the Christmas story and then putting on one of the small ornaments on the tree.
As we were doing the readings that went along with the calender I heard Jess read this statement and I got really excited.
“Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.”
I also heard Dwayne Roberts from IHOP (international house of PRAYER, not pancakes) preaching the other night and he said how sick he is of hearing how we should be “afraid” of radical Islam. He simply stated that our God is so much bigger. Yes and AMEN.
So how is God choosing to increase His government in the earth right now? Through His ambassadors. Do you know who those are?
You and me.
part of my photostory assignment for School of Photography
Kailua-Kona Hawaii 2008
Dude… Christmas is in 22 days. Thats crazy.
Anyway, last monday at Higher Calling I encouraged the kids to ask themselves what is the point in every area of their life. And then ask themselves if the way they were living matched up with that purpose. The room got silent when I asked that about church. The kids got real honest too. It was good for them to just think and answer their own questions. Sometimes you simply have to present a question and let them draw their own conclusion.
At the beginning of the meeting we always share testimonies and two people shared how God had healed them in the past week miraculously. During worship I felt that God wanted to heal people that evening as well. So I went forward and I asked if people who had pain in their body to come forward for prayer.
I prayed for one student’s back and asked him if he felt anything and he said no. I then reminded him that even Jesus had to pray twice for a blind man. (mark 8:22-26) So we prayed again and I asked him to test his back out and a grin came across his face as he was moving his back in ways that he could not before without pain.
I came up to another student an laid hands on him and asked him what was wrong, lower back he said. I prayed for him and asked him what he felt. He looked at me surprised and said as I prayed he felt heat running through his whole body and felt his back pop like fifteen times and the pain left.
Jess prayed for a girls ankle and felt tendons moving around as she prayed. She asked the girl if she was moving her ankle and the girl was like no, and she tested out her ankle and the pain was gone. The girl that just received that healing then prayed for another girl with a right ankle sprain that had kept her out of dance and that girl was moving around her ankle without pain and tears in her eyes surprised and grateful at what God had done.
It was interesting to me that it was two lower backs and two ankles that got healed that night. That there was almost a theme for what God was doing.
Christianity isn’t boring when we’re seeing God do supernatural things in our midst.
shot to show texture, hard lighting off camera to left SOP Project 2008
So Jess and I went yesterday to empty out one of those large water jugs that you see in offices, the typical gossip water cooler. I started filling one up with pennies in 1995, for some reason at that age I thought if I saved enough change that someday it could be something that I could cash in if I ever needed it. Well we didn’t cash it in because we needed the money we cashed it in because we needed the jug. We’re going to use the jug to collect change at our church towards the Africa trip.
Anyway, after a lot of noise and having to have a bank teller come over to take change out of the machine because I filled it to capacity the Warren PA Northwest Savings bank gave me a whopping $49.95. That is 4,995 pennies. I guess I wasn’t to aggressive in my saving for the past 14 years.
Anyway, thanksgiving was GREAT, we spent time in MD with my parents and got to see my sister, brother in law and niece as well. Ate a lot of Indian food, got caught up on rest, had a great prayer time with my parents.
Mike, Lindsey, Jeannie, Mom, Dad, me and Jess
Put in an 11 hour work day at the office today but they did feed me lunch and dinner so I’m not complaining. I’ll update soon about some cool stuff that has been happening this week. If you think of it pray for me I’ve had a headache and body ache for about two weeks with no other symptoms. It’s on and off… not sure what it is. Excederin migraine was the only thing that touched it.
Seese Family – Columbia MD 2007
For a donation of $200 (tax deductible) towards our Africa Trip (click on link for more info) I will do family portraits for you for this year’s christmas cards and christmas gifts. Final edited photos on cd, you print as many as you want.
Normal photoshoot usually $499
Blog readers get first dibs, if I don’t get much of a response it’s being opened up to everyone else.
p.s sorry for the lack of blog posts, I was traveling and I haven’t felt that great, I’ll try and get a blog update up soon
oahu – 2009 (for some reason I love doing photography in parking garages)
We’re headed to MD today for thanksgiving. My parents have sold the house I grew up in and moved into a two bedroom apartment. Should be interesting. Hopefully nothing like what happened last time on our way to baltimore will happen this time.
Jess and I had dinner last night with Tim and Aruna Swauger of Equip India over at Rick and Sandi’s house. Aruna brought authentic home made Indian food and it was AMAZING. We met them to hear how our youth group could help their ministry. I will write soon more about their ministry, it’s pretty amazing.
Aaron Reinard came and spoke last night to our youth and brought a message of Jesus constantly raising the bar in Matt 5-7. We had our students ask themselves where they were settling in life and where they needed to raise the bar. That life isn’t just about existing and hoping and waiting for the weekend.
Jihan Mora – Toronto Summer 2008
We’re meeting up with Jihan Mora as soon as we get into MD to meet up for Indian Food at India Delight. I LOVE Indian food.
haha thanks to jon barnes for the fun graphic
So yesterday was my birthday. I started out the morning by preaching at church which I think went really well. I shared my story with the church and preached a little bit about some things that were on my heart.
Then my wife and I, Sandi Walrod and Eric and Stacey Clark headed out to Erie to see The Blind Side which was seriously such an awesome movie. Then we went and ate indian food (which I LOVE) at the Raj Mahal.
Today my wife and I are going to get some home made Indian food at Pastor Rick’s house and we’re going to meet Aruna Swauger who works with Equip India.
And tonite Aaron Reinard is speaking to our youth.
A fun filled day.
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