PORTRAITS: Barbara and Ernest

Sometimes it takes a lot of convincing for me to change my mind. Ernest is one such person who can convince me. He seriously lives up to his name. In fact, 4 and 1/2 years ago,  Ernest convinced me that I was capable of photographing his wedding with my (then) shiny new Canon 20d. He told me that I could do it, and that he’d still be my friend afterwards. I tried to tell him no several times, and he countered each of my attempts to avoid the wedding. Like I said – he’s an earnest guy!   Fast forward …

WEDDINGS: Jodi and Jordan

Let’s just put it this way – Jordan and I go waaay back. Growing up together as cousins, I often found myself spending hours at his parents farm in rural Lancaster county. We ziplined into the pond, terrorized barn cats, made hay forts, and swung from trees. Occasionally, we actually sat down to eat something. Jordan’s house is where I first learned that jalapeño peppers are one of the few foods you can still taste when you have a cold. Playing on a farm as a child was freedom for those few hours. I learned a lot about Jordan, too. …

PORTRAITS: The Hauptman Family

Did you ever meet someone and know within 5 minutes they’d be one of your best friends? I first met Abbie and James when they came to our church. Abbie and James felt called to leave comfortable, secure jobs and traveled far from their home near Boston, Massachusetts. They came to Hillside without a promise of a job – just knowing that God had called them to make a tiny town called Millersburg their home. James I became good friends – chatting about everything from the latest in music to a very recent conversation on the meaning of the Bible’s …