Thursday, October 29, 2009
...on a beautiful wedding! Your whole day was relaxed, fun, a tribute to you, and honoring to each of your guests. It was a privilege to be able to photograph your wedding! Thank you for trusting me with such a special day in your lives. May God richly bless and keep you as you continue to love each other more every day.
View full resolution images at: http://nicoleandaaron.rowangillson.com
I woke up this morning, hopped in the shower, wandered back to my room and had a new text message from Carl:
"Hold. Bad news today. Tyo [sic] more weeks"
And we talked... It sounds like the paper work just can't happen quite fast enough for the Embassy Date of November 5 that we were hoping for.
Hard, hard, hard... 48 hours from H-Hour and we're on hold again. In some ways I think this delay is the hardest one yet for Carl and Angel. Please pray for them! They're changing tickets, babysitter, life, so that we can leave on the 14th of November.
The good news is, I won't have to shoot a wedding right after we get back, thus I can spend the entire time with them.
Check out Angel's thoughts at: http://lovedbeyondallmeasure.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I found out on Monday that I'm headed to Ethiopia. On Saturday. This week. The 31st. Yes. I'm so excited! This trip has been in the works for a while, but the planning has been rather complicated.
My friends Carl (@telemg on twitter) and Angel (Loved Beyond All Measure here on blogger) have been working towards adopting two boys for quite some time. This summer they contacted me about going with them as a photographer/friend when they went to pick up Titus and Silas. Their Ethiopian court date was set for October 15th with our tickets on hold for October 31, but things did not go smoothly. Titus passed. Silas did not.
More court dates were scheduled, but our tickets couldn't be held any longer. Last Saturday I got a tweet from Carl saying they had bought the tickets by faith. (He's crazy.) After much prayer and another court date, they got the full go ahead for both Titus and Silas on Monday.
This is going to be a fast trip! I leave Saturday morning, flying from COS to DEN to IAD where I meet up with Carl and Angel. Then we're off to Rome for a 45 minute layover (how lame!) and on to Addis Abbaba, arriving late Sunday. Monday through Wednesday will be packed with new kids, sights, sounds, smells, ethnicity, foods, cultures, and friends. Thursday I'm back on a plane headed home. I should get back about 5:30 pm on Friday, in time to photograph Gabi's wedding on Saturday afternoon! :-) Yup... first trip to Africa is for 3 days! Only God could squeeze such cool things into a crazy life!
I'm pretty excited about this trip and would love your prayers. I'm going to shoot my heart out, but I want to create the right images. I want to see Africa as God does, not as a photographer looking for starving children. I want to support Carl and Angel and document their trip in an amazing way. Carl is a FABULOUS video producer, so the quality pressure is on! I want to see new aspects of humanity, and thus the God that created it as well. A new culture offers a whole new opportunity to catch a glimpse of the character and nature of God that transcends all culture and civilization.
Africa here I come!
More on Ethiopia: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/et.html
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I was planning to spend most of my day editing wedding pictures as I fly from San Diego to Washington DC and on to Atlanta. That's not going to happen today...
Last night I was staying with my friends Jeff and Gabrielle in San Diego. Jeff had a bad headache and headed to bed early; Gab and I chatted until about 11 when I headed outside to make a phone call and she went to bed. I like to walk and talk, so I wandered around the neighborhood for a while. When I walked back into their small house I immediately noticed my computer was gone off the table. I think my first thought was 'Oh God, please no...' I looked around for a bit and noticed that Jeff's laptop was also missing, but that my wallet was still there!
I woke up Jeff and Gab to see if hope against hope they had somehow moved our computers. Nope. So, we called the police to report a burglary, they sent two officers who took statements and info, etc, etc... It was a late night... Oh, and they took my iPod and digicam too.
I feel bad for Jeff and Gab. They lost all the pics from their recent trip to Italy. Not cool! They also have had the rather violating experience of having their house entered, while they were sleeping, and their stuff stolen! I can't really imagine! May God grant them peace and the ability to stay safe in their own home again!
Its a weird and unsettling feeling to lose a computer and no easier the second time. My mind races through all the stuff on it. Software is easy to replace: I could have a new system identical to my own in an hour at home. Data is a bit harder to replace... The worst is the personal info that's everywhere. I wonder if someone is going to find my credit card number or my address or if they are going through my email even as I write this. Oh, here's the best part though: I shot a wedding on Friday, and I still have all the pictures! I had literally just backed up my E drive not 30 minutes before! In fact, the thief disconnected my hard drive and left it sitting on the table for me!! I am so grateful to God for that! Oh, and my camera gear? Untouched.
Most of my work and ministry is conducted via computer, thus its loss creates a minor identity crisis. It is good to be reminded that I am more than a Facebook profile, an email address or an online photo gallery. Today I get to be human again.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Congratulations to Katie and Chris on their recent marriage! Katie worked for me in Chicago several years ago as a photographer and art editor, so I counted this a double privilege to be able to photograph her wedding.
I played around with some new Lightroom presets to go a little artsier on my post processing... let me know what you think!
Photo by Kelsey Schweickert. Thanks for doing a great job as second shooter!!
View the rest of Katie and Chris' images at http://katieandchris.rowangillson.com.
Check out other stuff I've shot at http://rowangillson.com.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Congratulations to Derek and Rachel Tiemann! You guys had a beautiful wedding, and it was an honor to photograph it for you. I pray your marriage is always as beautiful as the day you began it.
Check out these images in a gallery at: http://derekandrachel.rowangillson.com