I cannot say enough about my (very short and yet incredibly impactful) time in Cambodia last week. I'm still trying to process all the things we saw, people we met, the villages, the city life, the food, the HEAT....the list goes on.
I guess I should tell you a little bit about the Why. Some of you have been emailing me (I got an amazing number of wedding requests for 2017 while I was gone last week) and seeing my sneak peeks (and tarantula eating) on social media.
Well, way back in high school, I dreamed about doing photography for missions. I have a clear memory of reading a National Geographic article on photographers donating time and resources for Non Profits. A new Christian at the time, I remember thinking, "that's what our missionaries at church need." Fast forward a few decades...and I'm on a small, intentional media team in Cambodia.
Now, I know what some of you are thinking...you've been spending time on Pinterest seeing all these photographers with their amazing photos from destinations weddings and European adventures. Cambodia was a whole lot different. We didn't do beaches or Ankor Wat. The most beautiful part of this trip, for me, were the Cambodian people.
The adventure started months ago, with some heavy planning for how we would accomplish a very, very long list of media needs in 4 days. We worked with a small Non Profit organization that needed photography and video to help tell the stories of their multifaceted ministry. And now that we're back in the States, we are working on the editing and production of a collection that will fully equip this hardworking and humble team.
It's just a simple and easy plan for helping these small organizations that give so much. That's what my trip last November, to India, was all about. I have SO many stories and pictures to share. This is just a start, I'll let the images do the talking and share more soon.
A great BIG thanks to all the family and friends who made this trip possible for me--buying plane tickets, taking time off of work, helping Joe, and especially, those who prayed. It wouldn't have been possible without "my village". I love each one of you, you know who you are.