Last week I had the opportunity to do something I have wanted to do for a number of years — take part in the Pictures with Purpose Workshop. It proved to be different than I first expected but it was an experience I will remember the rest of my life.
I spent a week with David LaBelle, the instructor, and Yolanda Li, a fellow student, working on compassionate story-telling (watch for the result in the coming weeks). But photography was probably the smallest portion of what I learned.
David demonstrated a love and interest in people, who he easily puts at ease, a robust passion for photography and story telling and a genuine faith in Christ that is demonstrated every day. He also has a contagious sense of humour.
I also learned from Yolanda what a servant's heart is all about as she demonstrated her faith, love and humility by seeing people's needs and helping meet them.
My biggest reward for a week filled with learning in a humbling and at times emotionally draining workshop was the friends I made from those met during my week in Forest Grove, Oregon, and especially the friendship with Dave and Yolanda.
Here are some photos from my time there (outside of the main project) as mentioned earlier a collaborative photo/story package will be up in several weeks and I will keep you posted as to where you can find it.