Posted on July 12, 2013
Hola, amigos, from San Juan la Laguna! We have successfully completed our first week here in Guatemala, and the time is just flying by!!!
We are absolutely loving working alongside IMPACTO Ministries staff, serving the people of the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala. Today we said goodbye to two teams (one from North Carolina and one from Tennessee), and we welcome two more teams later this afternoon. We have already captured so many wonderful images and video footage of teams building homes, loving on the children of Happy Tummies, and dancing with the “Abuelitos”. It’s going to be difficult to pick only 3-5 minutes worth of footage to use in the video we’re making!
The staff members here at IMPACTO have absolutely blown us away with their care and concern for us, always checking to make sure we are doing ok and that we have everything we need. As was expected, we’ve already decided that it’s going to be difficult to go home, as Guatemala has once again stolen our hearts! We are thrilled to be here, and we already have seen God move in HUGE ways in the hearts of so many!
Please pray for the staff this week, as this will be a very busy week for them with all of the various activities they will be involved in with the teams. Pray for rest and strength for them all as they work effortlessly to meet the needs of all those they serve. Thank you for your prayers! We can absolutely feel them here in Guatemala, and we will keep you posted as we are able to do so!
Chris & Steph
Posted on June 30, 2013
One week from today my wife Stephanie and I will be in Guatemala!! A huge thank you goes out to everyone who helped make this trip a possibility! We are beyond excited to see how the Lord will work through this trip. Here is a little preview of one of the ministries we will have the pleasure of working with, Happy Tummies!
Posted on April 22, 2013
Recently Paired Inc. approached me do put together a post for their Tools of the Trade campaign. The topic of the post is essentially, what tools do you use on a daily basis in your business? This is a crazy open-ended question.. Each shoot requires a very specific set of tools that I tailor to the particular project (Look at these 2 specific posts on projects Traveling with Photo Gear and Weekend Survival Kit). Other factors that determine what I bring and use on a shoot include weather, location, personality of business, timeframe of the shoot, and many more. But if you boil every shoot down to the bare essentials there is a list of items that I typically always bring along no matter what the subject of the shoot is.
Posted on April 11, 2013
Posted on April 8, 2013
Steph and I are blown away by all of your kindness! We are over 50% covered for our time in Guatemala this July! (News to you? Read about it here!) We still have just under $800 each to raise for our trip. We have no doubt that the Lord wants us to spend part of our summer serving Impacto in the villages around Lake Atitlan, so raising enough money isn’t a worry. However, the more we raise the more impact we can make!! Impacto has several full time positions that need our donations to keep their salary. Positions like managing Happy Tummies, a ministry that helps feed and tutor children in need!
One way we are trying to dual purpose some donations is through our friend Carolina and her hand made bracelets! (Pictured below with her daughter) For a donation of $10 or more (through PayPal) we order a custom bracelet from Carolina and bring it back for you! Get your name, nickname, favorite phrase, whatever! (nothing vulgar please..) Choose your favorite colors and any simple designs you would like to see and we will get it made up for you! Although I would trust Carolina with the designs, she is awesome! Average bracelets are about 6 inches of beads and about 3 inches of cord on either end. If you need one longer (like the dog collar Carolina is holding below :) let us know in your notes on name/design/colors. Contact Chris to get your bracelet ordered! Thanks again for your support!
Posted on April 8, 2013
Ladies and Gentlemen. I have found a new love, well its an old love that just got rekindled!
Photography + Helicopters = Pure Bliss
Posted on April 6, 2013
After reading my cousin Scott Troyer’s guest post on David Santistevan’s blog ‘The Ultimate Guide to Overcoming Musical Gear Ignorance‘, I decided to make up a similar post on overcoming photo ignorance.
There is a three tiered scale when it comes to photography. Where you fall on this scale determines your ability. You are forced to balance your technical ability, people personality, and artistic flare. There is no right or wrong way to shoot. It’s all based on your personality. However, regardless of how you approach your day-to-day shooting, at some point in the day you are forced to think or act technically. (There will be other posts about shooting emotionally and working with clients in the future!) So many of us aren’t even aware of the science going on behind the lens. Being able to answer the following questions at the drop of a hat will force you to memorize some technical facts, and by doing so will give you a better understanding of the limitations of your gear. The more you study, the more the information will be stored in your subconscious. All of this subconscious thought will surface on a shoot without you even thinking twice about what you are doing or why you are doing it, giving you more time to think about interacting with your talent or focus on your artistic side.
There are no particular order to the questions because we really need to know it all. So what if you are an all natural light shooter? The exact same principals of strobed light apply to the sun coming in the window you are using.
This will be an ever growing list so if you have a good question send it in! I would love to expand the list to cover as much as we can.
I love thinking about all of this data!! Its amazing how it is all connected. Like combining questions 5, 9, and 13 to shoot ambient light one shot and flash the next to produce 2 drastically different looks! Remember, I’m not saying you HAVE to know all of this. I am saying that when something unexpected happens to your gear/setup/art direction (and it will!), if you have a great grasp on these topics, you will have the technical knowledge to figure out what is happening, why it is happening, and how to solve the problem without freaking out in front of your client.
Posted on February 20, 2013
Guess what, folks? We are going to Guatemala once again (shocking, I know)! This year, we are blessed to be able to spend 3 weeks in this beautiful country with some beautiful people! Even though the trip is not until July, we are already preparing to go! Whether it be brainstorming fundraiser ideas, collecting shoes and toys, or coming up with kid-friendly crafts, everyone who has committed to go this year is busy prepping! WhonPhoto’s primary task this year is to produce a promotional video for IMPACTO Ministries. Once the video is completed, viewers will see a glimpse of the various ministries that IMPACTO staff and mission teams are involved with as a means of helping to better the lives of our brothers and sisters in Guatemala.
As mentioned previously, once again this year we will be working with IMPACTO Ministries, which is a ministry organization operating primarily in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala. Over the years, we have been a part of several different ministries including Happy Feet, Happy Tummies, Help Portrait, construction projects, vacation Bible schools, and a basketball camp, and this year’s activities are panning out to include a lot of the same. But no matter what we are doing, of course, there will be plenty of photo ops!
Thanks to Epson, we have been able to take a portable printer (Epson Picturemate) with us for the past 3 years and actually print portraits on location for the Guatemalans that we interact with while serving in various villages. Sometimes it’s a family portrait and sometimes it’s just a plain ol’ individual portrait. Last year we were able to take portraits of participants in the basketball camp and give each person a 4×6 photo of themselves holding a basketball! This doesn’t seem like anything special to us here in the United States, but to the Guatemalans, just a simple photo of themselves is a precious gift. It’s incredible to be able to witness the beautiful smiles of the folks we provide with portraits, especially because most of them have never seen a photo of themselves, let alone owned one!
Epson’s gracious donation of a Picturemate Printer two years ago has been a huge help, as we have been able to double the amount of photos we’ve printed while in Guatemala. And, it’s been great to have a “back-up” in case one of the printers malfunctions or gets damaged (which did happen during our most recent trip). We always are in need of donations, whether it be printer paper for the photography ministry (Help Portrait), shoes for Happy Feet, stickers for the VBS, or simply money for one of the many other ministries we do while in Guatemala. If you are interested in donating or in finding out more information about the various ways you can get involved in this year’s Guatemala trip, please visit our Give page to find more info on our trips and how you can help make a difference!! We are all super excited, and we can’t wait to share more with you in weeks to come!
Chris W ‘WhonPhoto’
Posted on January 16, 2013
Posted on October 30, 2012
Heading to South Dakota to photograph and video several interviews for Wesleyan Life magazine. Exciting but fast paced opportunity. More about this when the issue comes out!
So what am I taking?? Below I’ve listed my gear list for the 5 day trip, and a short explanation on why I’m bringing it. But first some tips for traveling with your camera gear (*These tips are my personal opinion, its how I travel. Take with a grain of salt and apply your personal travel preferences and beliefs to you own trip).
(*Note some of my gear is outdated, so I linked to the upgraded product)
It seems like a lot, and I admit, it is. I have the ‘Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it’ mentality.. Its a blessing and a curse. Rarely am I in need for gear in the field, but I do have to lug it around everywhere we go.. Fortunately we will have our truck close by at all times and I can use as my closet. I am also planning on doing photo as well as video, which means one camera will always be set up and ready to shoot images, and the other will always be set up and ready to record some video. If you know much of anything about DSLR video (Its a work in progress for me), you will know its not super easy to switch from one to another on the fly. Especially if you care about good audio and a stable shot.
I’ll do a follow up post and focus on the gear that I did not need on my trip and make some notes on things I will do differently next time. Until then, keep traveling and Keep Shooting!