here are my favorite pictures from two-thousand eleven. all were taken by me…except one! se7en | leaf_cantorjye, czech sometimes the sun casts its perfect light at the perfect place in such a way that any editing would just take away from the natural beauty. six | brian’s emotion_malenovice, czech i have never really been good at photographing people, but i managed to capture the extreme emotion of the moment with this one. one of our co-workers, brian, shares about the miracle of his twins’ birth. diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, in which one twin steals all the nutrients from the other, often resulting in the death of both twins, his wife was rushed to belgium for an emergency surgery to try to correct the problem. the surgery was successful and both boys are miraculously healthy. brian responds with tears of gratitude that i’m sure i will soon enough understand in an even deeper way. five | noah scott ellenwood_ostrava, czech so, yeah, my friend, noah, is pretty big time now! after appearing on the czech-slovak version of american idol, noah has travelled around doing a couple of concerts. it was my privilege to be the photographer at his first concert. i love photographing concerts, but am never able to bring anything better than my iPhone into venues, so this was super fun. i’m sure i have lots to learn, but i loved capturing noah as he croons away! four | hannah?_karvina, czech this red wall was at the venue of one of noah’s concerts. there were many great pictures, but this is my favorite. three | my girl_berlin, germany berlin? yep, that’s in tiergarten in the center of berlin. em and i biked through this park on our one-day date to berlin. i love the contrast of color and of course em’s natural beauty! two | the beauty_stanislavice, czech em and i got up early one morning to take some pictures in what was left of autumn in czech. the lighting was perfect and the colors managed to hang on for one more day. and this cute girl carrying our child looked perfect! one | maternity shoot_phoenix, arizona this is the one picture i didn’t take, but i just love what erin did with our entire shoot. she was so great to work with and nailed every shot with exactly what we wanted. it was effortless and avoided all the cheese that is normally spread throughout maternity shoots. thanks erin for capturing this special time for us! bonus! | hayley and the technicolor dream hallway how could i have pics of noah and hannah and not include a picture of hayley! the ellenwood siblings are some of the most photogenic people i know. the variety of color in this shot is stunning and all natural. i love hayley’s classic beauty and style. so cute!
When Noah first made it to Superstar I told him, “Whenever you get voted off, I’ll let you shave my head.” Little did I know that Noah would be off so soon…I thought I had at least one more month with my beautiful locks…
reinactment of Noah’s departure starring: Noah as Himself & Rob as Leos
noah’s sadness turns to joy when he realizes what this means!
trying out different looks!
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. Nope, its a star!
My “fake-son”, Noah Scott Ellenwood, has made the top 100 of Cesko-Slovensko Superstar (the American Idol of Czech and Slovakia)!
I’ve known Noah for almost 10 years now and it has been awesome to watch him grow into a young man who has integrity, loves Jesus, and treats others with respect and dignity. I’m super excited to hear how people are impacted by his service and love as he competes on Superstar.
The other interesting thing is that even when Emily and I were in America two weeks ago there was a buzz about Noah and his audition for Superstar. I ran into multiple people who were asking me about it and wondering “Did he make it through to the top 100?”
Well fans, the answer is YES!!! Stay tuned next weekend (if you live in Czech or Slovakia) to see if he made the Top 24!
Click here to see Noah’s Audition!