Friday, February 29, 2008

Face lift

I've been working hard...that is, my logo designer beth@bethcorbin.com has been working hard, on figuring out my new logo. So, as you can see above...there's been a bit of a facelift. What are your thoughts? I'm super excited about it...love the natural look with the leaves in the circle and the simplicity, yet boldness of my name. The word "photography" stands out...cause that's what I do! ;) Thanks Beth for your talent and putting up with all the alterations. Love it!

This is one step closer to getting my website to go live. Can't wait!!! Doing a little dance right now!

I'll put up some fun photos from John's bday bowling extravaganza tomorrow. Good times.
TGIF!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

Tonight was the last lunar eclipse that will occur for 2 years...so I decided to grab a few photos of it. (Without my tripod...too lazy to run out to the car to get it)
This first pic is as the moon is being covered up...only a sliver left. Next is a full lunar eclipse. It was left a cool shade of brown.
The remainder of the eclipse happened so quick and this was all that was left...as if Cookie Monster took a bite out of it. MMmmmm...me love cookies! Hope you got a chance to see it too!
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Monday, February 18, 2008

Sun-filled Day


When the sun comes out in Seattle... every person in the city is out enjoying the beauty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I'm no different! I live for the sun and the outdoors...so on "sun"day, John and I took a walk in Discovery Park. I was obsessed with shadows and reflections. I ONLY took 180 pictures...I mean seriously, most people I know don't take that many in a year and I take that in one sunny day ;). LOVE IT!


I love the contrast of the grass with the ocean blue.


This little boy was having fun in the beach fort. Even the dogs in town came out in their 'sun'day best.

We spent the other part of our day at the SAM Olympic Sculpture Park along the downtown waterfront. People watching was at it's prime. This art work was called 'Clouds' (I think) and in the reflection looks like a cloudy day. Not this day though!
Another view of "Clouds" with John's shadow.
Reflection of a kiss... and our shadow holding hands.

This is 15ft tall rusted Metal art and the geometric shadows it creates.
A different view of the Space Needle... a picture I'm sure no one has EVER taken before ;).
After I took this photo...I really enjoyed the composition, the contrast bright blue of the sky and white water...and of course, a nice toosh!

I rarely get in a photo that isn't posed...but John took this and was very excited about it...so I thought I'd throw it in. Nice job!

Today is another gorgeous day...so I'm headed out for a run and to spend some time with family before I jump on a plane for work. Enjoy your President's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

My trip to Honduras

I wanted to share with you some highlights of the medical mission trip to Honduras. Without a doubt, it was the most spiritual, emotional and meaningful trips I’ve ever taken. What a week in another world can do for one’s outlook on life and how it can put things in perspective. I am so blessed to have what I have!

Honduras is an incredibly poor country, with little to no garbage system, water is full of parasites and the people live in shacks with very little else.

Might I also add that God perfected DIRT and DUST there! However, the people are beautiful, full of joy, so loving and accepting and are proud of their country. They always carry their heads up high, say ‘hola’ and have the best smiles on their faces (despite the lack of teeth). The country side is incredibly gorgeous and has lots of Buena vistas. Some of the places we visited were just breathtaking. I’m sure the Hondurans were laughing…’we may be poor, but look at the view we get to see everyday’. I joined 53 others from NY, DC, OH, and WA with 6 of us being in our late 20s early 30s. We were the youngest by 20 years, but I’ll tell ya, those folks were a blast. I have an extended family now that’s just amazing….and FUN. We stayed at Nuevo Paraiso… a compound/orphanage 1 ½ hours NE of Tegucigalpa. My roommates were my bff, Lila, and 3 of her friends. The rooms had cots, a bathroom with running water (mind you if you ingested it or got it in your eyes, you’d ‘die’…so they warned us) and electricity that would periodically shut off b/c of generator malfunction. We awoke every morning to roosters and the sun beaming in. One of the roosters sounded like he was a chain smoker…and had a cough every other crow. LOL. The food was served cafeteria style and was always quite yummy. The coffee was by far the best I’ve ever had! I brought home quite a bit too.

The first two days were spent getting all of our supplies organized (medicines, clothes, eye glasses, toiletries, toys, school supplies, etc.). We had to sort and label EVERYTHING for our 4 brigades. We were up til the wee night hours getting it all done. The facility that we stayed at was next to an orphanage….11-12 kids per house (shack) with 1-2 Tias (aunts) that took care of them. When there was free time, we’d go over and play with them. They just wanted so much love, hugs, being carried around and took us by the hands, wouldn’t let go, as if we were theirs! Most of the children had sponsors (Madrinas---godmother) which help fund their food, clothing and housing. I ended up sponsoring a little girl, Maryuri, who is 7, sweet and just so adorable. There were two other orphanages that we visited that were in connection to each other, Flor Azul (all boys) and Padro Atalas. All of the children had such sad stories, but the fact that they were in these facilities, they now had a chance at a good life. We spent two days being able to visit the children, give them toys, clothes and play games with them. One day we even got to go to a little town to do some shopping, drink a beer and watch the local teenagers perform dances in the town square. I was quite the treat. The remainder of the days were spent on the brigades.
After a 2 hour journey of being crammed together on two buses, driving over extremely uneven dirt roads up the sides of mountains, we would arrive to these ‘towns’ (a couple shacks in a row) in the middle of nowhere. Getting there was a journey, being there was a blessing. When we arrived, 100s (500+) of people would be waiting in line…some of them traveling on foot for hours while carrying their children. It was such the site to see. Overwhelmed, we set up the triage area, got the pharmacy put together and the doctors started seeing people right away. I was blessed that one lady on our brigade brought two printers and instead of having to pull medications, I got to do what I love most…take pictures. I took a picture of almost every kid there and when they were handed their photos, the smiles on their faces was priceless. Most of the kids have never seen a photo of themselves…hard to believe. After a full day of photography, I also helped distribute clothes and toys as well as assisting with a craft table for the kids. It was hard to leave after the day was over, but very rewarding.

I could go on and on about the stories with the kids and their enthusiasm, the elder’s smiles and appreciation, and the tears and thoughts that were shared amongst all of us on the brigade. We all felt blessed and long to go back. If you want to check out more you can go to http://www.hopeforhonduranchildren.org/


You can also check out all my photos at:

http://picasaweb.google.com/jennifermacniven/Honduras1

http://picasaweb.google.com/jennifermacniven/Honduras2

http://picasaweb.google.com/jennifermacniven/Honduras3

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I'm behind in my blogging


After a month of travels for work, play (or for charity 'Hope for Honduran Children) and dealing with injuries and illnesses...I'm finally getting back to writing on my blog. I'm so excited to share some of the photos that I took while I was in Honduras on a medical mission brigade. It was the most powerful and meaningful experience ever. 2111 pictures had to be sorted through and edited, so I'm almost there. I'll include a link to my whole album and share my favorites on another blog.
My logo is almost created (again, who knew this stuff took so long) and my website should go live by the end of the month.

Weddings and other portrait sessions are being booked, so if you or someone you know needs a photographer...let me know.
I'll be back...soon!