Archive for December, 2010

I was originally scheduled to go to El Salvador during the spring time this year, however, because of gang violence local workers with Agros decided to cancel that trip.

This news was devastating for several reason, but mostly because that meant that we wouldn’t have the opportunity to go down there for at least another six months (if not longer).  So when we arrived in the village our church hadn’t been there in over a year.  Along with the “longtime-no-see” hugs, we arrived during a milestone in the villages history.  They were finally going to get a well to water their land.  For years now each villager has been hand watering their plots of land.  The majority of the farmers are currently growing corn and sesame seeds.  To have the opportunity of easier water access will give them the ability to grow niche crops that they wouldn’t otherwise have the been able to cultivate during the dry season.

My role in this trip was actually not to take photographs, but rather film a couple of family life stories.

So stay tuned over the next couple of months for these videos.

el salvador agros international 008 El Salvador Part Dos | Non Profit Photography | Agros International

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Sometimes journeys begin long before you know you’re on one.  We may think that the plane ride is the start of it all, but it’s not.

This sojourn to El Salvador began for me on my first “missions trip” to Mexico in high school, and within that, each Mexico trip I’ve taken since then.  If I hadn’t had those experiences, I wouldn’t have understood what this journey truly meant.

Now I don’t want to discount the work organizations are doing by giving homes to needy families, while getting churches and high schoolers involved in something bigger than themselves.  But the flaw I can’t seem to stop thinking about is the relationship part of it all.  Honestly, every trip I’ve ever been on had been about beating the record for building a home the fastest, high-fiving the family, and never knowing if the work we rushed through actually stood any test of time.

Riverwest Church and Agros International partnered together 7 years ago to build a community in El Salvador for families to break through the poverty line by teaching them how to work the land, and to build for themselves an economically sustainable community through land ownership and farming.  This vision then translated into a relationship between the Church, Agros, and the Villagers.  With each visit from our Church, it’s not just about how fast we can finish a work project (because they really don’t need a bunch of gringos messing things up), but rather, it’s about sharing as a family in their trials, as well as their blessings.

el salvador agros international 001 El Salvador Part Uno | Humanitarian Photography | Agros International

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el salvador agros international 007 El Salvador Part Uno | Humanitarian Photography | Agros International

South of Cannon Beach is great place to learn to surf.  But on this day, it was a great place to take urbertastic photos.

Oregon Beach Engagement 001 Sean+Molly | Oregon Beach Engagement | Portland Wedding Photography

Oregon Beach Engagement 002 Sean+Molly | Oregon Beach Engagement | Portland Wedding Photography

Oregon Beach Engagement 003 Sean+Molly | Oregon Beach Engagement | Portland Wedding Photography

Oregon Beach Engagement 004 Sean+Molly | Oregon Beach Engagement | Portland Wedding Photography

Oregon Beach Engagement 005 Sean+Molly | Oregon Beach Engagement | Portland Wedding Photography

Oregon Beach Engagement 006 Sean+Molly | Oregon Beach Engagement | Portland Wedding Photography

Like sharks with freakin’ lasers attached to their heads, Ann & Josephine are just that awesome!

pittock mansion portraits 001 Ann & Josephine Pinnock Mansion Portraits Portland Photography

pittock mansion portraits 002 Ann & Josephine Pinnock Mansion Portraits Portland Photography

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I love the Kim family. They make my heart smile each year I photograph them. This year they wanted to shoot a little at Pittock Mansion (which I’ve never been too). It was a great session!

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