"Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness." -Søren Kierkegaard

Portrait #16—The Mother

Posted in 50 Portraits Project (2013), Family, Photography, Portraits by matt on Saturday, April 27, 2013

A photo of The Mother posing on a pier in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Mother showing off her bump. Istanbul, Turkey

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A year of 50 posed portraits with only one light; a project designed to improve my camera work while blessing the people I encounter. You can see older portraits here, read the rules of the project here, or leave a comment below with your feedback.

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Portrait #14—The Overcomer

Posted in 50 Portraits Project (2013), Friends, Photography, Portraits by matt on Saturday, April 6, 2013

A portrait of my friend in Istanbul, Turkey.

A woman who is overcoming pain and living with joy. A pier outside Istanbul, Turkey

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A year of 50 posed portraits with only one light; a project designed to improve my camera work while blessing the people I encounter. You can see older portraits here, read the rules of the project here, or leave a comment below with your feedback.

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Portrait #13—The Sweetheart

Posted in 50 Portraits Project (2013), Friends, Photography, Portraits by matt on Saturday, March 30, 2013

A photo of The Sweetheart, an adorable little girl I met in Antalya, Turkey.

The sweetest, smiliest little girl alive. Antalya coast, Turkey

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A year of 50 posed portraits with only one light; a project designed to improve my camera work while blessing the people I encounter. You can see older portraits here, read the rules of the project here, or leave a comment below with your feedback.

VIDEO: Big Baby News!

Posted in Day-To-Day, Time-Lapse, Travel, Videos, Videos By Me by matt on Thursday, March 28, 2013

On our holiday to Antalya, Turkey, the wife and I thought it’d be fun to announce the sex of our baby via a 40 second time-lapse in the sand! Hope ya like!

If the video isn’t loading for you, watch it on my Vimeo stream here.

Photogenic Favorites of Mine

Posted in Friends, Photography, Portraits by matt on Friday, April 6, 2012

Photography fun with friends on the beach in Antalya, Turkey

You know those friends who pretty much always look good in photos? These are mine. I just point the camera nonchalantly at them and *poof*—nice-looking photo.

Photography fun with friends in al-Najaf in southern Iraq

I’ve learned quite a bit about taking portraits thanks to them. They’re usually open to my lens in their faces since photos are so useful for us. Living abroad puts a strain on far-flung relationships, but photos definitely ease that. And, of course, I get to practice taking portraits, so it’s a win-win for all of us!

Another shot of the couple at Sobat Restaurant in al-Najaf.