Monday, May 13, 2013

Choosing Life

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, I had the privilege of photographing a number of clients of the Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center at their annual Mother's Day Luncheon. It was pretty run-and-gun as these type of shoots usually are, but I considered it an honor to shoot these portraits. Due to the fast-paced nature of the shoot, I did not have time to hear these families’ stories, but I know that at least some of the women I photographed, when faced with a crisis pregnancy, considered ending their child’s life before he or she was born but decided instead to carry the pregnancy to term and give their child life. It was both a sobering and joyous experience to see these kids, many of them younger than my own daughter, and realize that, but for the movement of God in these women’s hearts and the courageous decisions they made as a result, their children would most likely have never laughed, cried, pooped, giggled, dreamed, discovered or done any of the other things that make children so amazing. Praise God for his work in these women’s lives. May he bless their families.

DIY Background

When the Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center asked me to shoot portraits of their clients at their Mother's Day Luncheon, I was inspired (partly by these portraits I recently ran across), to create a unique background on which to shoot them. My roll of 9-ft. white seamless was on it's last leg, so I just decided to paint it and see what happened. I was pretty happy with the way it came out. It maybe looks a little bit 1990's school portrait, but if I am able to throw it out of focus enough, I think it works. Adam Sims was kind enough to help me test in the day before in my garage.

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