Monday, February 27, 2012

Samaritan's Purse PResents Three Hearts...DVD

Three Hearts

A World Away, Three Children Need A Miracle


Samaritan's Purse

Thomas Nelson Publishers

Imagine your son or daughter was born with a heart defect and you can't afford or get the medical help to save their life. You would do anything possible to help your child. In Mongolia, there are no medical services that provide heart surgery, and these three children need it. In America, Cissie Graham Lynch, interns at Samaritan's Purse Heart Project to help these three children. A family from Texas joins Cissie in the journey to help these three children, two host families open their homes to them as well, and a team of doctors volunteer their services. This DVD is their story.
The DVD presents a compelling story that draws the viewer in emotionally to experience the struggle that these various families, doctors, and workers face. They don't solely focus on the surgery itself, but on the interaction of the families, the fears, the triumphs and the gospel. For not only do they receive life saving surgery, they hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The scenes at the hospital are poignant, involving, and sometimes a little bit graphic. I impatiently waited to find out how each patient fared. Prior to the surgeries they shared a story about a child that was lost, and it shared how not all children make it through. It emphasized the great risk that these families face.

Now technically, they show started off visually confusing at points. Some shots used unnecessary zooming in and out. I suppose to give it more of a reality show look, but I found this distracting and at times more confusing than necessary. The events around Cissie not being able to travel to Mongolia were confusing to me, and I didn't see any good transitions from idea to idea in the editing. Yet, as the story progressed, editing was more stable and the story flowed well.
Overall, this is a must see video. As a mother of a child who has faced a kidney transplant, I can understand the struggle that the families faced in the possible loss of a child, and facing a huge surgery. I believe that this video will fulfill its purpose to educate people and bring in support for a great cause that not only provides physical life for these children, but an introduction to the one who gives eternal life.

This video was provided through, and the opinions are my own.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fooling around in photoshop

I spent most of my day playing on Photoshop. I most often use the program for photos...but I wanted to improve my other skills that would be beneficial in Adobe Premier and After Effects.  These two graphics were based on some tutorials I found online....and although they didn't turn out perfectly like the tutorials... I was happy with what I learned... I hope to incorporate more of this work in to video and even into my photography.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos

My Imaginary Jesus

Matt Mikalatos

Tyndale Publishing

Matt Mikalatos has a good friend.... his name is Jesus. Jesus goes with him everywhere, interacts with him, and they have a lot in common. But an encounter with a man named Pete opens Matt's eyes to the fact that his Jesus is an imaginary Jesus. An imaginary Jesus? Yes, a Jesus of Matt's own creation. This discovery plunges Matt into a search for the real Jesus. Along the way he travels to another location and time, meets a talking donkey, and rides with the Motorcycle man....

Matt Mikalatos writes a entertaining story about his search for the real Jesus amongst a throng of imaginary Jesus'... from Magic 8 Ball Jesus, to Baptist Jesus, through Legalistic Jesus. He runs through a list of the various types of imaginary Jesus' that he has created or others have created. Matt addresses the issue of how we tend to create Jesus in our own image or to fit our own needs and neglect to follow the true Jesus of scripture.

One poignant scene shows Matt in ancient Israel seeing Jesus speak in the synagogue, and this Jesus didn't look like the images that society has created of Him. Where we picture a beautiful handsome Jesus, Matt shows us a physically unattractive Jesus but a compelling strong Jesus. This is a well done scene.

In the book, Matt not only uses himself as the main character, but he gives us a peek into his own life and it's struggles. Examples such as a miscarriage and a healing. I think people can identify with Matt, which is a strength of this book.

I did have one problem with the story, and that was the introduction of a prayer labyrinth. I have a problem with using a new age technique, adapting it to the Christian faith and using it to find Jesus or any other truth. Prayer labyrinths, while growing in popularity, are not Christian in nature and their new age roots ought to cause anyone to pause. Jesus gave us examples of prayer... I think if they were sufficient for Him, the creator of the universe, they should be sufficient for us. I hope that we are not creating a new imaginary Jesus with this.
Overall, Matt does a good job introducing us to our imaginary Jesus'... for humans create many of them. We need to examine if the Jesus that we follow lines up with scripture.... this is a relevant topic for any generation, but I'm disappointed by the inclusion or use of the labyrinth and the seeking of experiences as a way of determining whether we have met the true Jesus or have just created another very convincing imaginary Jesus.

This Book was provided throught the Tyndale Bloggers program.  The reivew was not requicred to be positive and is my own opinion.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Here is my latest newborn session... Kyler was 2 weeks old and as sweet as can be!

Those beautiful newborn portraits are such a special time, but in order to capture them they need to be taken prior to two weeks cince birth.  The older they get, the more awake they are and more reactive to being handled.  Most sessions take 2-3 hours in order to get into a good sleep.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Couple of Odd Collages

I was outside when I notices the neat texture of the old paint on the house .  I love the look of the black and white with the look of a swing tilt lens.....  The second set  was inspired by the dirt on my least it is good for something!  Again I played with color and swing tilt....I think they'l make some interesting photo textures and overlays.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Beauty For Ashes by Dorothy Love

Beauty For Ashes

Dorothy Love

Thomas Nelson Publishers

History, romance, and faith are rolled up into this romance set in post Civil War Tennessee. Carrie is a widow who lives with her brother. When her brother marries a disagreeable woman, she moves from the farm to town to make it on her own. In the midst of all of this, she is undecided on the obvious marriage choice or the stranger who comes to town. This handsome stranger saves her from a runaway buggy, and the romance sprouts. Griff, the stranger, doesn't plan on staying, but between a horse race and his growing interest in Carrie, his plans are delayed.

This book is the second in a series, but as with many books of this genre, it stands on its own. Ms. Love weaves an interesting tale that follows the familiar romance format, and was a joy to read. I read it quite quickly.

Ms. Love creates characters that you can like and dislike. Carrie's sister in law was especially disagreeable. Some characters were fairly typical, but have their purpose in the scope of the story/series.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it for all of you romance addicts or newbies out there....:)

I received this book from Thomas' Nelson's bloggers program. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Little WInter in Nebraska

This Nebraska winter has been light on the snow.. and this is the nicest one that we have had this season.  I thought I would go out and take a few photos to record the beauty of the season.....

Last But Not Least...2012 Senior

I had the privdelege to photograph this young man this past week.  He was a great model...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Video Number 2....


A Quick Wedding Video....

A year ago I tried Animoto... but I'm going to try a short one again here... I prefer to create my own videos.. but since I don't have the ability to license certain songs....  I thought I'd give it a shot so here it is....

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