Child Hope – Haiti

    I was given an opportunity to travel to Port-au-Prince Haiti and work with an organization called Child Hope.  Child Hope has taken on the daunting task of rescuing orphans from the streets of Haiti. In 2010 they estimated there were 780,000 orphans living in Haiti.  These numbers blew me away.  I had no idea there was such a great need in that country.  Except for a few months after the 2010 earthquake, most people never thought of Haiti, and neither did I.

    My friend DeAnna (professional photographer) made her first trek to Haiti 3 years ago and fell in love with all the kids and the mission of Child Hope.

     

    DeeAnna Gallardo

     

    She has since committed to adopting a young boy from Haiti.  After each of her trips to visit Haiti she would come home saying how amazing it was and how I HAD to come with her next time.   I am so glad I did!

    I hate to say that it was fun or that I had a blast, especially when you think about the poverty that the people of Haiti are living ing.  But it was an amazing adventure and life enriching.  I fell in love with the kids at the orphanage after seeing how much joy they had in the worst situations.

    Haiti 1

    While I was in Haiti I began to sponsor 2 children, Keso and Daphne.  I have never donated to or sponsored children before because I was cynical of what actually happens to with my money and it was hard to believe that my donation would make a difference.  But when you get to look in the eyes of the kids I sponsor and see how my small contribution can make such a huge  impact in these kids lives.

    Keso/Daphne

    Keso/Daphne

    I can’t wait to go back to Haiti next year.  To hug Keso and Daphne and to see how they have grown.  I am hoping to take my wife (Jada) and possibly my daughter (Micah) someday.  I want them to experience what I did and share with me the love that I have for Haiti.

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    the perfect day

    I am in love with my daughter Micah!  She means everything to me.  Her laugh is infectious and her smile melts me.  I can’t imagine my life without her.

    Micah is about to have a little sister since we are nearing the end of the adoption process and prepping to bring home another little girl that i’m sure will take alot of my attention, especially at the beginning.  So we have been trying to soak in the last few times we will have Micah all to ourselves, or probably more accurate, she has us to herself.  So we took another trip to Santa Cruz this summer because we all love the beach, the boardwalk and the sound of the ocean as we fall asleep.  We had so much fun at the boardwalk especially since Micah is now tall enough to ride most of the rides.  The look on her face is pure joy as she twirls around or plunges down the hill on the roller coaster.  Funnel Cakes, Corn Dogs, Deep Fried Oreos – not a place to start a diet.

    We tried something new this year.  We rented paddle boards and took a cruise around the Santa Cruz Harbor.  It was great being out on the water for a change.  We even were visited by a sea otter.  Jada will brag that she was an expert from the start,  But it’s easy to be a pro when you don’t weigh anything.  My board was a little wobbly, But still fun.

    Santa Cruz will always be a special place for me, especially when I watch the videos and look at all the pictures.  I love all the memories we made with Micah.  I hope she will never forget our perfect day.

     

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    lori soto

    Lori Soto is an amazing woman and my wife and I are honored to be her friends.  We are actually friends with her husband Chris and kids Veronica and Christian as well and love spending time with the whole family.  My daughter Micah loves Veronica and wishes she could be her full time babysitter.

    Lori recently earned her license thru the Assembly of God and began speaking to women’s groups  all over Northern California.  She is a great speaker and women can really connect with her and learn from her experiences.  I know my wife has definitely  benefited from her influence.

    Lori was working on some brochures and marketing pieces and needed some photos so we had a little photo shoot at my studio and came away with some awesome images.

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    kellie & travis

    As I am getting ready for another busy year of photo shoots, short films, commercials, and of course weddings.  I began looking back over the past yearI and realized that I had filmed so many amazing weddings.  There were so many venues that would take your breath away, but pale in comparison to the brides  Almost every wedding I was involved with made me wonder if any wedding could possibly be better.

    Of course I have my favorites weddings, days that just seemed to go so perfectly and  I would wish every wedding would go exactly like that.

    One of those weddings was Kellie and Travis’ wedding at the V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, CA.  Kellie and Travis live in Georgia and came to California wine country to create their dream wedding at a Napa Valley Winery.  Kellie, with the help of Suzy Berberian,  created an amazing atmosphere with flowers by Jessica Switala of Fleurs de France and decor that were perfectly melded with the rustic background of the winery.  Live music for the ceremony by Eloquence String Quartet and The Brian Cline Band rocked it at the reception.  Kellie was absolutley gorgeous from shoes to hair.  Everything was perfect.

    To help me capture that day, Cory Montgomory and Gordon DeWitt are amazing shooters that are so much fun to work with.  I could not have done it without them.

     

     

     

     

     

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    dr. ramos

    I had an amazing opportunity to work with Dr. Wilfredo Ramos of Sacramento. Dr. Ramos, an OB/GYN and robotic surgeon, is an incredible doctor who is passionate about patient care. Dr. Ramos was working with a marketing expert, Ramona Russell, who orchestrated a total makeover of his Web site. Ramona also worked extensively to expand Dr. Ramos’s visibility in the community as a physician who genuinely has his patients’ best interest in mind and sincerely cares. Whatever she did worked; Dr. Ramos began receiving new patients immediately with rave reviews after his site went live. A great testimony to the genius marketing and the effectiveness of video to humanize someone through the World Wide Web.

    Here is the video interview we created and the photos I took for his Web site www.sacobgyn.com

     

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