1807, 2015

Shooting A Sunset Over The Grand Canyon

By |July 18th, 2015|Photography, Story Behind The Photograph, USA, Videos|0 Comments

I had the amazing opportunity to take a family vacation to Arizona and was able to spend the day at the Grand Canyon. After spending time with my family there this afternoon, my wife arranged for me to go back on my own to shoot the sunset. It was a breathtaking experience. I’ve travelled all over the world, but can’t think of any place that wowed me as much as the Grand Canyon.

The skies were […]

1604, 2014

An Inexpensive Light to Photograph Titai the Maasai Mother

By |April 16th, 2014|Humanitarian, Kenya, Microenterprise, Operation Blessing, Photography, Story Behind The Photograph, Tips & Techniques, Travel, Videos|0 Comments

I arrived in Kimana, Kenya without any lights and had to improvise to be able to shoot video and photos in their homes.  Watch this video to see the cheap and easy solution I found for this photo and for the videos I created to tell their stories.

1002, 2014

The Power of Personal Connection with a Photograph

By |February 10th, 2014|India, Photography, Story Behind The Photograph, Tips & Techniques, Travel, Uncategorized, Videos|0 Comments

We all react and interpret photographs in different ways.  The photographer sees a scene and interprets one way as he makes the image, but our personal connection to an image can change our understanding or influence us as a viewer.  It isn’t a bad thing, in fact, that is what makes art so beautiful and hard to critique – even critics disagree.

There are basic rules that can be applied to separate the bad from the […]

3007, 2013

Story Behind The Photograph: Creating Superhero Kids

By |July 30th, 2013|Creativity, Photography, Story Behind The Photograph, USA, Videos|0 Comments

708, 2012

The Story Behind The Photograph: Hadiara’s Goat

By |August 7th, 2012|Featured, Humanitarian, Microenterprise, Niger, Operation Blessing, Story Behind The Photograph, Videos|0 Comments

The fifth video of this series features a photo of four-year-old Hadiara and one of her family’s goats. Operation Blessing gave her dad 3 goats to provide their with milk and start a small business breeding and selling goats. This extra money along with the money he makes building souvenirs allows him to send his children to school. Hadiara’s older brothers and sister are already in school and she will be […]

2706, 2012

Story Behind The Photograph: Angelic Saley In Niger

By |June 27th, 2012|Featured, Humanitarian, Hunger Relief, Niger, Operation Blessing, Photography, Story Behind The Photograph, Tips & Techniques, Travel, Videos|3 Comments

The fourth video of this series features a story of Saley, a woman I met in Niger while capturing stories about Operation Blessing food security projects.  See why Saley is able to stand proud in a field of fresh vegetables when the country has been facing a drought.

The Photograph:

Woman farming in NIger

1106, 2012

The Story Behind The Photograph: Reflections Of A Heart Weathered By Tornadoes.

By |June 11th, 2012|Disaster Relief, Featured, Humanitarian, Operation Blessing, Photography, Story Behind The Photograph, Tips & Techniques, Travel, USA, Videos|0 Comments

See Charles’ full story at the Operation Blessing blog: Reflections Of A Heart Weathered By Tornadoes

The Photo:
Charles Alabama Tornado Emotion In The Mirror

1005, 2012

The Story Behind The Photograph: Esther In Kenya

By |May 10th, 2012|Clean Water, Featured, Gear, Humanitarian, Kenya, Operation Blessing, Photography, Story Behind The Photograph, Tips & Techniques, Travel, Videos|0 Comments

The Photo:

Esther carries water from a clean water well dug in Kimana, Kenya at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro

(Canon 5D MkII, 16-36mm f2.8 @ 1/2000 sec, 25mm, f2.8, ISO 100, Flash Fired)

405, 2012

The Story Behind The Photograph: Jao In Niger

By |May 4th, 2012|Creativity, Featured, Gear, Humanitarian, Niger, Operation Blessing, Personal, Photography, Story Behind The Photograph, Tips & Techniques, Travel|0 Comments

The Photo:

Jao watches as the other Woodabe men prepare for their tribal courting dance.

(Canon 5D MkII, 50mm f1.2 @ 1/200 sec, f2.2, ISO 100)