12.14.09 – Rohlin Family shoot

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 Leary would 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.

JIM baker

samDecember 14, 2009 - 7:01 am

These look awesome! and with just one flash for that huge group? how do you like the pocket wizard? might try to get a radio popper soon. just don’t want to burn a hole in the pocket.

Jane RohlinDecember 14, 2009 - 9:16 am

Great pictures!!!

jim bakerDecember 14, 2009 - 11:36 am

@ sam – thanks man, yeah, one flash, crazy huh? i bought the pocket wizards over any other of the cheaper ones because its the industry standard and I just didn’t want the hassle of having to mess with equipment that wasn’t going to work when i needed it the most. you messed with any off camera lighting?

@ jane – thanks for the honor to shoot your family :) the sweedish pizza was a nice touch too :)

LisaDecember 15, 2009 - 9:37 pm

love the pics, jim!

jim bakerDecember 27, 2009 - 9:50 pm

thanks lisa!

12.09.09 – pirate duck



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.


JIM baker

LisaDecember 9, 2009 - 7:16 pm

powerful statements, but I happen to be a fan of rubber duckies that dress up. haha.

jim bakerDecember 27, 2009 - 9:53 pm

lol… theres a whole trend of dressed up rubber duckies, we have wedding ones in our bathroom sitting on top of the mirror.

12.08.09 – patience, goodness, kindness

april 2008

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.

JIM baker

12.05.09 – xmas traditions

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.”
taken from Isaiah Chapter 9.
(italics mine)

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.

JIM baker

SandiDecember 6, 2009 - 4:22 pm

I feel honored to have been there for the gluing on of Joseph’s head.

You and My FaceDecember 7, 2009 - 4:06 am

The advent calender is excellente. It’ll be a Baker tradition methinks.

colleenDecember 7, 2009 - 9:32 am

I’m in full support of the army men, for the record!

jim bakerDecember 27, 2009 - 9:54 pm

@ sandi – your comment makes me laugh out loud, we’re glad we could share in that experience with YOU

@ chachi – thanks man, a baker tradition indeed

@ colleen – i misspoke my wife totally said I could get green army men… we never ended up doing it though (because of me not her) next year… next year

12.03.09 – what’s the point?!

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.

JIM baker

jackie datesDecember 3, 2009 - 12:22 pm

THATS AMAZING. as i was reading about the supernatural healings i had “God shivers”..such an amazing feeling. GOD IS SO GOOD. wow. i am so thankful that you and jess are now at pf and working with the youth. you are bringing God in a whole new way. not quite sure how to word that. but i love hearing about all the healing and change that God is bringing into the lives of the youth and others also. AWESOME.

i would like to suggest something. andrew, ben and liz blick went to YWAM with this couple in texas and they were just married a couple of months ago. just last week they were in a terrible four wheeler accident. tanya and will both had bleeding and swelling in the brain. tanya had/has an amazing singing voice and had just released a cd. (they are both leaders of some sort) she now cannot even speak..she rarely says ONE word that makes sense. they say the bleeding has stopped but the swelling is still present. she may be mentally handicapped. they said it would take a MIRACLE for her to not be such. (clearly a miracle is possible) and will has many broken bones in his face. he has been waiting several days for reconstructive surgery. he is lucky to have complete knowledge of whats going on. he has some amnesia but it should be temporary. they are in their 20s and beautiful inside and out. such a love for God and have been living so much through him. i just ask that you pray for them and pray for a miracle. THEY NEED HEALING. A MIRACLE.
thank you.
jim and jess..you are very appreciated.

jim bakerDecember 3, 2009 - 3:16 pm

hey jackie, thanks for the encouragement and we’re praying for tanya and will. keep us posted.

JStanfordDecember 5, 2009 - 6:42 am

hey man, that’s an awesome story. I love that REAL stuff is happening there and the kids are being challenged and really seeing God work

jim bakerDecember 5, 2009 - 8:34 am

thanks bro god is GOOD

12.02.09 – my life savings, and an update from from turkey day

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.

JIM baker

LisaDecember 2, 2009 - 5:11 pm

Def still praying for your head and your body ache.

jim bakerDecember 27, 2009 - 9:55 pm

thanks for the prayers

11.30.09 – an offer you probably shouldn’t resist

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
first TEN responders only
1 location, 1 outfit, up to 1 hour of photography, limited to 1 hour of travel from Jamestown NY
E-mail me jim@worshipplace.org
to see more of my portrait work click here

Blog readers get first dibs, if I don’t get much of a response it’s being opened up to everyone else.

JIM baker

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

Rick RohlinDecember 1, 2009 - 4:00 am

Count the Rohlins as one of the 10

AmazedDecember 2, 2009 - 5:22 am

I love this idea of family photos…

WOW. This is an amazing pic of this family.

Do you do animals birds too? Senior Pics?

Blessings and Prosperity !!!!!
Lois Bentley

jim bakerDecember 2, 2009 - 9:23 am

@ rick – lets set up a time

@ Lois – i’m not too fond of animals so if I’m taking pictures of animals I’m charging more :) But I do do senior portraits

blaecceDecember 28, 2009 - 6:07 am

I saw your post from a link from the Erretts. We live across the street from them. Do you have your 10 slots filled? If not, I am interested, but we may be a challenge – we have 5 children, so we are a big group. Not sure if we are a good candidate….let me know – Just thinking that we havent had a family pic but once in the 10 yrs we have been married. Also, if you are up for the challenge – would it be possible to do in the spring/summer/fall? Not sure when your trip is or how long it is….lots of questions – ok, i see when your trip is. could possibly pay up front for future pictures when the weather is better.. please let me know.
Lori Pumford

jim bakerDecember 28, 2009 - 6:13 am

Lori! Thanks for checking out the blog. The Errett are a great family. We have not filled the ten spots yet. Let me email you with more details and answers to your questions.

jim bakerDecember 28, 2009 - 6:15 am

Oops I don’t have ur email address. Why don’t you email me. Jim@worshipplace.org

11.24.09 – nuts and bolts and parking garages

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.

If you want to see the sermon I preached yesterday you can watch it online for another couple of weeks. Or you can get the audio here.

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.

Thanks for the recent comments, make sure you check out the comment section after you leave a comment, I always try to respond.

JIM baker

11.23.09 – great day yesterday

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.
JIM baker

p.s leave comments i LOVE THEM!

JStanfordNovember 23, 2009 - 1:28 am


I watched the live feed from yesterday morning. Awesome stuff – It was cool hearing things you’ve told me over the years all at once. Great thoughts too – we do need to stop praying out of unbelief. Often when I see God answer a prayer of mine in some obvious way, I am surprised – as if I didn’t really expect Him to. We’re not a servant begging for our request to be granted – we’re sons and daughters coming to our loving father.

Stay awesome, glad you had a great birthday!

You and My FaceNovember 23, 2009 - 2:50 am

That’s so cool, Jim! I hope you began your sermon by saying “I’m a big boy today.”

Bang! Zoom! To the moon!

joan NewhallNovember 23, 2009 - 3:12 am

I heard that your sermon went well. I watched until 10:45 but had to leave for my church service. I hope that it will be posted on the Praise Fellowship Service soon so that I can view it.
Love, Grandpa and Grandma

P.S. going to see The Blind Side Tuesday evening.

Jodie LindellNovember 23, 2009 - 4:38 am

We watched from the webcast and it really was a great service. Thank you for sharing your heart and allowing us to have a glimpse of who you are. God has truly blessed you, impacted you, and quite obviously created you in His image! We look so forward to meeting you and your beautiful wife one day real soon. Blessings,

Mike & Jodie Lindell

PS We made sure we had our 7 yr. old son Caleb listen to your testimony as well, telling him that you would be having a major impact on his life one day…. He was really blessed by many things you spoke about. Thank you again for your willingness and obediace to share your life and heart w/ this body. You are valuable.

Jeremiah and AmyNovember 23, 2009 - 3:34 pm

Happy Belated Birthday! I am glad you had a good time. Fun to hear you saw Sandi, do you hang out a lot?? Say hi from us! I sure hope we can meet all of you again in the future! That would be so great!

LisaNovember 23, 2009 - 6:15 pm

i think i’m gonna order the dvd. i really want to hear your story from your mouth (I heard bits and pieces from my family, but yeah, I wanna hear).

jim bakerNovember 24, 2009 - 4:44 am

@ jeff – thanks so much man, your words are an encouragement to me, its been my privilege to walk through life with you and see you run hard after jesus, God is going to use you mightily for His kingdom

@ chachi – i actually started it out by saying something about my birthday and a suit… and letting everyone know that it wasn’t my birthday suit

@ grandma – hope you enjoy blindside it was great, the sermon is online on the website now.

@ Mike and Jodie – man, you guys are awesome I’m excited to meet you all soon too, thanks for having Caleb watch it will be a good day when he’s hanging out with us on monday nights :)

@ jeremiah and Amy – thanks for the b-day wishes, yeah Sandi and jess are actually hanging out right now, we all live in the same town now (crazy huh?)

@ lisa – no need to buy the dvd you can check it out on the churches website

LisaNovember 24, 2009 - 12:39 pm

i’ve tried to do it with some of the sermon’s i miss, and the videos won’t load and the if i pause the audio, i have to keep searching to find where i was, but I’ll try. :-) And I wish worship was online instead of just the sermon. I miss worship too.