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Meet Tiffany | Weekly Portrait Project

I've known Tiffany for a long time. We met when I was born--she's my cousin on my Dad's side! :) If I stood next to her you'd see the resemblance, especially if she had her hair curly. 

If I needed some cheering up or if I was really depressed, this woman would be the one I'd go to. She exudes joy. Her laugh compels me to laugh. She's thoughtful and caring. Since being back in the state's, I've really had fun seeing her more often and I treasure every moment.

You know, even though Tiffany is my family, there are still things I don't know about her. One of those things I just learned when I asked her to participate in my weekly portrait project. She has been working as a nurse in the Dialysis scene for some time now and has vision for something really awesome in the future that she's praying about. Hear it in her own words:

This is something I've been thinking about in the back in my mind for a long time now. When I started working with Dialysis patients, they said the main cause of kidney failure is uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension. Our patient population in the U.S. for these issues are expected to double by 2020. 

So my passion is for the church to be healthy. I know God wants the church to be healthy and obesity is taking over us.

What I'm praying about is doing a non-profit in churches that does health screenings. It would help people become educated in their numbers--what their blood pressure is, etc. In my latest job I heard horror stories of people not knowing they had high blood pressure, they crashed in the ICU setting and then ended up on Dialysis because they didn't know.

So my passion is for the church to be healthy. I know God wants the church to be healthy and obesity is taking over us. I think knowledge is power--knowing your numbers are power. I've seen a lot of people who didn't know they had high blood pressure and then their kidney's failed. 

Going into church settings and doing health screenings would help--and even taking it a step further than that, educating people how to use a glucometer or a blood pressure machine, teaching them what's normal, giving them one and empowering them to check their numbers at home. Or when they come in to be screened and their blood pressure is too high, we could immediately send them to the ER. The goal is to catch them before they have kidney failure and are forced to be on Dialysis. 

God didn't make me a nurse for no reason. When I heard that our patient population would double by 2020, my first thought was how can we stop that? I don't think there are enough people or enough programs to help and I feel like this is something God has put on my heart.


I am really excited to see how God develops this in Tiffany. If you have the same passion about healthcare, maybe God wants to use you in this way too. Feel free to contact me and I can put you in contact with Tiffany. 

If you want your picture taken and your story told on my blog, facebook message me, email me (ashley@transparentlifephotos.com) or leave a comment below!

-Ashley

Peeking Church

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/3.5, ISO 320, 1/3200

Canon 5D Mark II; 50mm f/1.4 - f/3.5, ISO 320, 1/3200

In Istanbul, when we were walking down a side street I happened to see this church peeking between two buildings. I would have missed it easily if I hadn't looked as I was walking by. I like catching things like that. :) 

The next two weeks I will be traveling, so I will do my best to keep up my photo of the day. I hope to take many photos while I'm traveling around. One special thing that is happening tomorrow is Joshua and my 9th Anniversary married! Exciting! :) Can't believe we've been together that long. We're going to be hanging out with some amazing people, so it'll be a fun day.

I will be posting some fun pictures this week, so be on the lookout! 

-Ashley

Change your Perspective

To get this shot, guess what position I was in:

If you guessed laying on the ground, you are correct!

If you have ever had a shoot with me, you will know that I often try to change my perspective by laying on the ground or I will try other strange angles. You just never know what you can get by getting in different positions!

I encourage you, photographer who is reading (or really anyone in their respective craft), to change up your routine and point of view. Try something very different, even if people look at your funny. You never know how changing the position might completely change your work and point of view! It will inspire you - promise!

-Ashley

10th Century Church

I've mentioned the free tour that I went on in Sofia, Bulgaria several times, so it must be good, right? :) (I'm not getting paid by them to say this--in all honesty, it was a great tour! See other pictures from our time in Sofia here)

On our tour we went to see St. Nedelya Church. It's architectural style is Byzantine and was originally built in the 10th century (you can read all about it on Wikipedia here). The name of the church is also called, "Holy Sunday Church". I don't remember all the history (hence the reason I had to look up Wikipedia to remember the information above!), but I enjoyed looking at it. I thought it was quite beautiful.

-Ashley

Meadowcrest Church

This was a fun shoot for me. I have known the pastor of this church for a while (since 05) and have adored him, his wife and children. What a great family.

When we were in the area, I was able to take some pictures of their service. It was a sweet time for me. I really enjoyed documenting everything.

I hope you enjoy - thanks for reading!

I not only took pictures of Hank speaking and the service, but I took pictures of the children in the different classes. They were so adorable!

In the forum area of the church, they have a little coffee area for people to come and enjoy coffee/tea with each other.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy your weekend!