Posted on September 22, 2016
When I was in college, I made the crazy decision to get two degrees that seemed completely unrelated: Digital Media (Digital Cinema) and Intercultural Studies. To a lot of people it seemed crazy, but to me it made sense in a place deep in my heart (even in the middle of all-nighters and 21 hour semesters).
It made sense so that projects like this could come in to my life.
Restore Humanity is doing things right. They’re not an orphanage, they are a home. Their focus is keeping kids who have experienced extreme trauma in their own cultures and give them a family and sense of stable belonging. What more could you ask for for children?
They’re not focused on big numbers that look impressive on infographics or Instagram posts. There isn’t one hint of a “savior complex” in their bones. They limit their number of children to ensure the care is about quality over quantity. They only hire people from that village who speak the heart language of the children needing hope and a home. They’re deeply invested in this village–they are continuously branching out to invest in the community in everything from education to healthcare. There is just so much love and respect all throughout this organization, and I am so honored that I got to show up with my camera and interview the person who started this organization, her husband, and one of their first university scholars.
I could go on and on about this organization, the people, and how much I love working with non-profits. Or I can show you the video now, which I know you’d prefer. So, here is the legacy (so far) of Restore Humanity:
(Kenya video curtesy of Cole Fennel Photography, photos curtesy of the Restore Humanity team)
Thank you, Sara, for the privilege to help tell your story. I can’t wait to watch you and your kids change the world!
Posted on September 7, 2016
Megan and Noel have been together for 9 years, and it shows. There’s a lot of assumptions about love and romance petering off as the years go, but what I love is that our couples who have been together for a long time before the wedding never show that.
What shows instead? This deep, intimate companionship that is the solid undertone for the love that’s shown on a wedding day.
In 9 years (and most of their relationship being long distance), you learn to be an individual as well as a part of a team. You learn an unconditional love and a secure trust that can only be taught through years and the experiences they bring.
You collect so many moments and memories–of all kinds–and it just makes your story that much better.
So, Megan + Noel, thank you so much for bringing us along to witness the beginning of the next chapter of your love story.
Things we loved about this wedding:
Megan + Noel Wedding Video | Truebadours Wedding Videography
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Posted on August 2, 2016
Back with another wedding for you guys!
Megan and Austin were married at Pratt Place this summer and it was such a beautiful day! Megan and her girls were cracking me up the entire time (their dreams of pizza were very real), and they went with a Beyonce theme for the morning–which I was totally okay with.
As we went through the day, there was such a smooth rhythm of fun, loving moments and it was such a pleasure to be able to get all of that in to their wedding video.
So, here’s the teaser for you to see everything for yourself! (don’t forget you can watch the full highlight here!)
Things I loved about this wedding:
• It was my first time working with Lela + Lyla as the photographers, they were SO much fun (and seriously so talented)
• The Beyonce undertones of the morning was a great way to start
•Megan looked so beautiful. And Bo did an incredible job bringing out her natural beauty while still making sure she looked bridal.
• Catering by Tacos 4 Life?! Yes. Please.
• That dance party, though. I love it when everyone’s out on the dance floor. You don’t have to be a great dancer to still have a good party, you just have to be willing to get out there.
Megan and Austin, than you so much for having me along to capture and create your wedding video! We hope you loved reliving all of the sweet and joyful moments.
Posted on July 21, 2016
Jill and Caleb’s Little Rock wedding was so cute. Jill was all smiles and so sweet all day, and their wedding party was full of good humor and fun. Throw in a trolley ride, a gorgeous cathedral, and people willing to dance and you’ve got a great wedding!
See their wedding for yourself (and catch the full highlight here if you want more):
Jill and Caleb, thank you for inviting us down to Little Rock to film your wedding video! We hope you’re loving life as newlyweds 🙂
Posted on July 13, 2016
James and I were on vacation for two. whole. weeks. We went to Florida to spend time with (and for me to meet) James’ family from England and Australia and then took a week at home to rest and get some housework done. It’s been a year and a half since our last official vacation, and let me tell you, it was much needed.
James and I work a lot. Between Truebadours and day jobs also in the video and live production world, we don’t have regular or normal hours. Most of the time, our schedules are opposite each other and at times it feels like we barely see each other even though we live in the same house. It’s not that we had grown apart, it’s that we hadn’t been able to have time to appreciate how close we are.
So, we hit the road, intentionally leaving behind the computers, only using our phones to listen to podcasts. We drove through the southeastern part of the US, taking in how each place felt so different than the last. The car is a place for peace, quiet, conversation, and reflection.
Then we played. And we played hard. We did Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Blizzard Beach (a Disney water park), and Universal Studios. We rode all the rides, let loose, walked a lot, and felt the tension in our muscles release.
We connected with family, learned about life around the world, and let our cups be filled up. After a few days, we hit the road again. Time to go home.
When we got home, we worked and rested…and the work was to bring rest. You see, we’ve been working on installing new laminate flooring in our house (well, James has). Because we’re doing it on our own and we’re doing the whole house, it’s taken about 6 months. The last room to tackle was the kitchen, and it’s been such a stress point/burden to have our kitchen in the state it’s been in for the last few months. Drive thru’s start to sound like the worst idea, eating out budget gets thrown off, and the house is always too messy for guests. So? We took vacation time to work in order to bring rest to our home.
We ended our time rested and ready to ease back in to the “real world”. We’ve got new goals, fresh eyes, rested minds and spirits, and we’re ready to jump back in–but with some new priorities. We want to be wildly productive and living the dream, but we also want a house that is open to friends, time to spend with those friends and family, and more moments of peace ushered in. We’re adjusting moment by moment until we feel like we can find that balance.
If you’re feeling burnt out, you can’t get your mood up, or you feel disconnected from the day to day life you live, I encourage you to take time away. It’s not selfish, it’s necessary. You don’t even have to leave your house, just put your phone away, keep the tv and computer turned off, and spend your days catching up with people, books, and maybe a lingering project that would bring peace. Play, connect, rest. That’s all you need.
So, now that we’re back, who’s ready to see some weddings? We wrapped two weddings just before we left that I’m excited to show you, and plenty more coming through the season.