Category Archives: Photography

The Barlar Girls

I am really playing “catch up” with all of these shoots from 2010. I still have a few to show, and then also some Christmas card designs to share with everyone…but take a mix of both photo session and card design and you get the Barlar girls! These girls are always lookin’ so cute, and were going to be the feature of the family Christmas card, so we got the camera out, waited for the “golden hour” and photographed away. What fun we had. We laughed, we made faces at each other, we talked about American Girl dolls (because I do have a daughter and my knowledge of these things runs deep!), and most importantly…we got some great shots!

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Steve - February 21, 2011 - 3:20 pm

#4 is beautiful! love the little bit of orange glow at the top of the frame! great work.

foto//friday . hands

These two images each a focus on the hands of Nepali people, but both have a very different story. On the right, these hands, in a giving pose, have been withered from leprosy. Yet through the pain they have faithfully and tirelessly worked around the local hospital for over 40 years. The other hands are in the traditional “Namaste” pose, a respectful greeting. After the shot this lady smiled and continued walking up the mountain path that we met on.

Love Never Fails Giveaway

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

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What’s your story of love that has never failed? Has your love overcome sickness or tragedy? Has it triumphed over statistical odds? Is your upcoming wedding the ultimate celebration of all that you have been through to be standing face to face, holding your true love’s hand and saying your marriage vows?

If so, I want to hear your story!

Photographing stories is what I love to do. It might be for an international non-profit organization, my son sitting at home refusing to eat his vegetables, or a couple on their wedding day saying “I do”.

But this giveaway is about your love story!

To enter simply tell me your story. Write out your journey and submit it for a chance to win a 2011 wedding photography package and photo album from rojo foto//design (valued at over $1950). Travel to a destination within 200 miles of Aurora, Illinois will be included. Should you choose to enter this giveaway and you are outside of the 200 mile radius, rojo foto//design would ask that you simply provide for the travel expenses if you win.

Entries will be accepted through midnight February 28th. All of the stories will be read and the winner will be announced on March 11th.

Love is powerful! I look forward to hearing your story, and ultimately telling that story through photographs.

HOW TO ENTER:
  • Visit RoJo Foto Design on Facebook
  • “Like” the page
  • Visit the “Giveaway” link (under the RoJo Foto Design profile picture)
  • Fill out the form and submit your story!

By entering this giveaway, you agree that (if chosen) you are giving rojo foto//design permission to publish your story. You also understand that this giveaway is for one 2011 wedding photography package and album (a value of over $1950) and travel up to 200 miles. If you are entering outside of the 200 mile radius, you understand that in the event of you winning the giveaway, you would be responsible for all travel expenses. The winner will also be willing to sign rojo foto//design’s wedding contract and a model release. Sorry but this giveaway does not apply to current clients.

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foto//friday . Arequipa Cathedral

It has been over two years since I traveled to Peru for an article for TEAMHorizons, but I was going back through some photos and I came across this one. The Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa was complete in 1656 and through the years has stood through many earthquakes and even a couple fires. What an amazing structure on the main square of Arequipa!

This image was originally published in color as a two-page opening spread.

Maggie Fortson - February 11, 2011 - 3:31 pm

This image is gorgeous! I am so jealous of all the traveling you have experienced!

I think my favorite part about this image is the bird flying over on the left hand side. perfection.

Soup Night

Every Tuesday, during the months of January and February, we have a neighborhood soup night. This past Tuesday we hosted it at the Johnson house! Soup night has become a highlight of our week during these cold and gray days, just getting together and chatting with the neighbors, eating some good soup, and enjoying each other’s company.

Cheyenne made an amazing chicken and sausage gumbo, and our humble home was packed with neighborhood guests. I think we had about 27 here. Our family is sad that there are only two more soup night’s in this “season”…but that doesn’t mean I am ready for another winter.

Maggie Fortson - February 10, 2011 - 11:09 am

I love these images. Can’t wait to have a photographers soup night soon! :)

Kelly - February 10, 2011 - 12:35 pm

I LOVE this idea, Robert! How wonderful to have neighbors to fellowship with. Nothing says cozy like a great neighborhood and yummy soup!!!

Kamala - February 10, 2011 - 4:25 pm

How does it work? Word of mouth? Do you send out invites to everyone on your street? This is a neat idea!

rojo - February 11, 2011 - 8:43 am

@kamala – the “founder” of soup night sends out an invitation to the regulars and the hosts. then each host can invite whomever they wish to invite. but it isn’t at all exclusive…if one of our guests would like to continue coming to soup night, they are more than welcome! i would say start with those around you…and watch it grow from there!