Destination Wedding Photography Visit my wedding photography website: http://www.lovesimplyhappens.com I photograph from Oregon across the USA to your wedding destination anywhere on the globe. India Weddings are infused with oranges, reds lots of amazing food and they last a very long time. Their wedding began the night before informally and lasted for a good 24 hours. This may explain why the couple does not smile a lot as well as that this is only the second time that they have met. (I hope hope that they are good for each other). The woman's parents pay the grooms parents at least a year ahead for the prospective marriage. The woman will move into the man's family home until they someday get a home of their own. This wedding in Chennai India was lovely even under florescent lights. A nightmare for color correcting but I can deal. After seeing Slumdog Millionaire tonight I got that extra breathe to at least put up a few pictures from the beautiful wedding in India. Incredible colors. Not exactly a destination wedding as they obvious live there. The food is amazing. The people incredible and capable of staying awake extremely long hours.
I took these pictures of Barack Obama right after he handed me my sound recorder which a friend had dropped. When I was in the Congo a man said to me, "I just realized that Barack Obama is the president of America". I gave away my Barack Obama cap to dear Cheriff in the Congo who very much deserved it. He now has the only Barack Obama hat in the E. Congo as far as I know. Can I explain to you how proud he is of that cap. The cap came to me as a going away gift from Amy Marash. When I met Barack that day, the day he returned my recorder to me his eyes spoke-"kindness". I was a child when President Kennedy was shot and our hope was dismissed. This is like a second chance. Today I received a quite big donation check in the mail from a precious friend urging me to do something honorable with it. I learned in Iraq to say a prayer over any money that comes into my palms. So today I held it up to God and asked a blessing and the best use for it. All good things come from above (and sometimes through the hands of amazing people). Life is Preciously Amazing! My favorite saying is "An enemy is only one's whose story I have not heard".
Here is the opening page from Professional Photographer's Magazine who interviewed me for their January 2009 Professional Photographer's opening year issue. The boy in the picture is fighting over buckets. An aid group, Samaritan's Purse, had brought buckets to show how to purify water. No one cared about the water. The people made swords out of sticks. We watched it get pretty violent. One of the Aid workers pulled me out. I didn't feel anyone would attack me but then you never really know when individuals begin a mob. Please remember the people in the Eastern Congo and what they are going through. If anyone decides to donate talk to me about to who and how. God's peace Sherrlyn http://www.lovesimplyhappens.com
. . . the engagement of Sarah & Julian A few facts about Julian and Sarah: They love old movies, Disneyland and Cappuccino. Nothing will ever be boring in their married life. Wedding Date: December 31,2009
"Everything that hurts will be whole again.... and love will be the last thing standing we can't stop, can't stop the seasons don't stop, don't stop believin" - Robbie Seay Band
life is hard, but it's worth breathing. each day is a day to make it right. start over. a new sunrise. waiting for me. i wake up, breathless. lord, breath it into me. here come better days. i must go. i must take flight soon. Robbie Seay Band
I shot my first weddings last year and I had once said I would never shoot weddings. I love love love photographing weddings now. I get to be around couples in love. Infectious love that fills me at each wedding ceremony. I had been seeking for a path a way to balance out the war and violence that I cover as a photojournalist and now I get to spend days with people in love. The hardest thing this last year was that my cat I had carried back from Iraq was run over by a car. I will forever miss "Sapper".
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I won the photo competition and the ShootQ grant set up by Rachel Lacour her husband Andrew Niessen and judged by Dawn Davis, Joe Bussinick,Jasmine Star and more. This gave me the passage to Eastern Congo where I met nine-year-old Belice, her family and her village. It was if Belice and her village were waiting for me to arrive. I had made plans before I went but they each fell apart one-by-one. Meeting Belice was random nothing but serendipity. Not really. I know before I could have imagined it, it was a setup, the planning had already taken place. And so perfectly.
Ron Dawson of F Stop Beyond interviews Rachel Lacour and myself about the Congo and ShootQ. (The interview picks up as it continues and especially when Rachel Lacour gets on!)Ron interviews lots of interesting photographers from Jasmine Star and Dana Sanders It's worth a listen to his interviews! http://www.livebooks.com/community/podcasts/ep053.php
I found the Congolese people to be fun, resilient and very fun. These children at a refugee camp in the Eastern Congo taught me a song. Their contagious laughter is amazing when you know what they have experienced. Many of the girls have been raped, the boys bullied and threatened yet laughter presides!
Eastern Congo:I wasn't going to post this photo since it is not a fav. Today it occurred to me how many mothers and children I have photographed who have buried their fathers and brothers. So I am sharing this one to begin to diffuse their pain and (mine too).
Post a note, a poem, a newsbit whatever you please. Thanks to a very cool out of the box kinda guy,Gary Kleinwho made it all happen!!!!! Yeah Gary Also Dr. V. Bose my surface hippy friend in Chennai, India many many thanks.