Category Archives: foto//friday

friday faces . papua

I have so many portrait shots from my travels, so I thought that I would put a few of them out on the blog for the next few weeks! These two portraits are from Merauke, Papua, Indonesia. It is hard to believe that this trip was almost three years ago. I had just landed halfway around the world when I found out that Cheyenne’s dad had passed away. I had one day in the country, and then I caught the one flight back out of Merauke heading back to the US. These two portraits were captured during those few hours that I was there. The man on the left was taking a break from his construction work on a large mosque, and the lady was simply taking a break from house work and enjoying a walk in the yard.

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Florence, Italy

I got to spend some time in Florence, Italy today (while I am here photographing a story…) and just thought I would share two images with you. I have been blown away by the beauty of everything around me, and inside of the main Duomo was just stunning! Look at those paintings! I can’t wait to get back here and bring my wife…

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with family or friends, surrounded by the people you love, and your heart filled with thanks. I am missing my family, but we’ll celebrate next week. I do have a lot to be thankful for…

foto//friday . Charles bridge

I love the feeling of walking among history…the feeling of my footsteps are connecting with millions of other footsteps from the centuries! All of my trips give me these opportunities in some way or another. This was a shot taken while I was traveling in the Czech Republic. The Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava River in Prague, and was completed in the early 15th century. This is a statue of King Charles IV on the right, and a tower from one side of the bridge on the Old Town side.


foto//friday . rancho el camino

I cannot wait until I get to take my family back to Rancho El Camino near La Paz, Mexico! Peter and Cher Gatto, along with their family (5 kids!), live on the ranch and use it for numerous ministry opportunities. They have a discipleship program they oversee,  pouring into the lives of young people from the area. They also use the horses for therapeutic riding, and they host events at this little oasis in the desert. The Gattos are great people, so enjoy this foto//friday post from Mexico.

foto//friday . Black Dress People

It was a tourist village…and I was upset. I didn’t want to be in a tourist village because that wasn’t real life. I had a pretty bad attitude until I started letting down my guard and trying to converse with the people. You can’t be angry and try to converse across two different languages. Arms waving in the air. My English comes out really slowly as if speaking slower will translate what I am saying into their language. I was even invited into some of their homes, greeted at the door with a shot of their corn liquor that crossed my eyes and burned down to my toes, and a traditional song sung while they stared right into my eyes! I did enjoy learning quite a bit about the Black Dress people. There will be an article in the next issue of TEAMHorizons (which is just about complete)! These two ladies were sitting off to the side and so we “chatted” for a bit, and then the camera comes out…