Haiti Help Portrait Mission Trip

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you know that I'm in Haiti with Frazer UMC on a Help Portrait Mission Trip. I'm with a great team of people and two other very talented photographers, Nick Drollette and Lori Mercer. We are here creating portraits of families and individuals who live in an exclusively all deaf community. It has been amazing! We have photographed over 60 portraits in two days and plan to capture 70 more on Saturday. The families are so appreciative and happy to have their photos taken. The families currently live in a community in Port-au-Prince next to the most dangerous slum in the world Cité Soleil. The residents will have an opportunity to move to a new community soon in Leveque, Haiti about 25 minutes away. At the new location, the families will be able to own the houses and property in only three years of paying rent/morgage. The new location will have better access to heathcare, education and spiritual support. That is where we come in. We are taking the portraits and will be bringing them home to be processed and framed. In December another team will be traveling back to Haiti to give the families the portraits for Christmas to take to their new homes when they are completed. In most cases, if not all, this will be the first photo they have ever owned. For me this has been an amazing experience and I pray I can be involved again. Here are a few shots from the first two days

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