My #valentine @jessk42 shooting in Syrian refugee camps in Tyre, Lebanon.
Where Teddy was strong as a father, he was very strong. He passionately loved his sons. What is more, he let them know that he loved them...constantly. He spoke to them with both manly resolve and fatherly tenderness.He longed not only to be their leader, but their playmate and their friend. He regularly set aside his presidential duties to stop and read them the Bible, and he engaged them in the kinds of glorious discussions and debates that fathers should have with their maturing sons to help them hone their critical thinking skills. -Letters and Lessons of Teddy Roosevelt for his sons
Being foreigners, we had police minders the whole time we were not in Cairo or Luxor (the touristy areas). I took some time to get to know our officers, mostly through signs since neither of us had language proficiency. Then one of the officers called this man to bring cups of tea for us to share. Just two Muslim Egyptian police officers and and a Christian American drinking tea in front of a church.
Pastor Amir Nafa climbs a staircase to the living quarters of a family in his congregation on Christmas Eve in Sidfa, Egypt. With an average monthly income of $125, and restricted from many jobs because of their faith, Christians in the lower Nile region of Egypt frequently live indoors with their animals. On the Orthodox Christmas Eve this family celebrates in a home containing a donkey, cow and manger.
2019 brought my busiest wedding season, some opportunities to shoot Navy sports @navy.spirit , travel to Prague and Lebanon and my personal favorite... Getting out of the Navy.... And getting engaged @jessk42 Tomorrow I head to Egypt to document the persecuted church for a week, with Honduras on the docket for late summer to document a Catholic orphanage charity. God was incredible in 2019, I can't wait to see what happens in 2020.
Sometimes as a photographer I get to something special for some wonderful people. The Blade family have been neighbors of ours for 3 years and in that time have become like family. In this crazy world, we have keys to each other's houses, Audie will walk next door and hang out with them and more than once they've just asked if we want to eat dinner with them. @lizzy.blade has been our babysitter since she was 16 and is basically his sister at this point. We've laughed, cried, prayed and complained together. Get to know your neighbors, you may just find that family lives next door