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Summer Missions Trip Photography

This January the Lord graciously opened the doors to a six month overseas opportunity. I was asked to photograph hospital work and everyday life over in Kenya, Africa at Tenwek Hospital. It was an incredible learning experience as I had never done this type of work before! I saw God use my camera in ways I never could of expected. I was able to meet people and share a little of my story with complete strangers just because I was carrying a camera and they were curious.

Summer Missions Trip Photography

I was so encouraged to capture surgeries for the missionary surgeons to bring back for support raising and use to tell people how the Lord is working! The Lord used this to open my eyes to the great need of these people and created a spark in my heart to serve Kenya and wherever I am with my camera. What a thought! I can use what the Lord has gifted me in to serve and make connections with people who I have a language barrier with. I am so excited to use this new vision and my camera to spread the word to the nations.

Summer Missions Trip Photography
Rebecca Wesson
IPS Photojournalism Student

Summer Missions Trip Photography

Summer Missions Trip Photography

Check out the other posts in this series:

5 Reasons to Go on a Short Term Missions Trip

A Vision for Missions Photography

5 Lessons on Missions Photography from a Pro

Photography from a Missionary’s Perspective

What I Learned on My Summer Missions Trip

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Pictures of the Week | May 5, 2014

Giraffe by Patricia Burk

Giraffe – Photo by IPS Student Patricia Burk for Digital Photography 1. This is an amazing photo! I love so many thing about it: the sharp focus, the great compression from zooming in, the other giraffe in the background, and the contrast between the giraffe’s face and the dark background.
#giraffe #dp1 #zoo #animals #zoom #nature #closeup #safari #filltheframe #amazing #beautiful #nikon #d5200

Bracelet Clasp by Jeri Beth Hardy

Bracelet Clasp Macro – photo by IPS student Jeri Beth Hardy [@southernbess] for Digital Photography 1. This shot is full of amazing detail. The way @southernbess turned the clasp so that it was flat to the camera gave her wonderful sharpness even though the depth of field is tiny in a macro image. Nice job of lens flipping!
#macro #lensflip #lensflipping #closeup #bracelet #gold #detail #intricate #nikon #d90

Baking Cookies by Meghan Murphy

Baking Cookies – Photo Essay by Meghan Murphy [@megbmurphy] for Digital Photojournalism. This 5 shot essay has beautiful lighting, consistent colors and theme, and shows the process of baking cookies from start to finish. Great job!
#photoessay #essay #baking #cookies #housework #photojournalism #storytelling #canon #5dmk2 #5dmkii

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Pictures of the Week | April 28, 2014

Couple Portrait

Couple Portrait – photo by IPS Student Susan Stoltzfus for Digital Photography 2. I love the way her bright red sweater is set off from the muted tones of the background. Their posing is great too!

Couple Portrait

Couple Portrait – photo by IPS Student Susan Stoltzfus for Digital Photography 2. Killer pose, perfect execution! I’m going to steal this one for my next couple shoot!


Head and Shoulders with Flash – photo by IPS Student Brooke Harrison for Digital Photography 2. This assignment requires on-camera, TTL flash to balance the light between the face and the background. Great job!

Juice Bar

Juice Bar – photo by IPS Student Meghan Murphy for Digital Photojournalism. I love the light tones in this as he reaches toward the light with the epic sign in the shadows behind.

Yellow Flower

Yellow Flower – photo by IPS student Patricia Burk for Digital Photography 1. Nice example of the Rule of Thirds and how even a simple flower shot benefits from this composition.

Rise up – photo by IPS Student Jeri Beth Hardy for Digital Photography 1.

Rise up – photo by IPS Student Jeri Beth Hardy for Digital Photography 1. I love how everything in this photo reaches up toward the sky. There’s a nice anchor of ground right on the bottom edge of the frame and then long, black branches drawing us upward.

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    Thursday // Alumni Feature – Hailey Huggins

    Hailey Huggins



    I love the hands on training at IPS. The instructors are always close by and ready to answer questions. The assignments and “tests” were so helpful.  They really push you to practice the things you’ve learned. I loved the days where we would go out on a shoot to see “the pros” work their magic.

    One of the best experiences was having a family shoot at the end of a week where we learned lighting. I was on my own and had to practice the skills and tools that I had learned that week. Using the instructions outside of the classroom takes it to a whole new level.



    Most of all, my favorite part of IPS is the friendships that I’ve made there. I’ ve met some of my best photographer buddies there, and the friendships don’t end with photography!

    I photograph people. They’re my favorite. Meeting them, learning about them, and becoming friends with them. When I go into a shoot, whether it be a wedding or portrait session, I keep 3 things in mind: make it be fun, get real and natural photographs, and keep it stylish.

    During a wedding, it’s all about the story of the day. It’s about two people in love coming together to be married. It’s about the bride and groom being surrounded by their favorite people to celebrate their commitment to each other.

    During a family session, it’s about who they are as a family and what they do for fun. For some that’s playing in the their back yard or reading their favorite books in their playroom. For others it’s playing football at the park or enjoying a picnic.



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    Thursday // Alumni Feature – Eli Watkins

    Eli Watkins


    When I was 10 years old my parents gave me a Christmas gift called The Ancient Art of Wire Jewelry Making.  I was very disappointed.  Little did I know that they knew me better than I knew myself.  I have been making jewelry ever since.









    I invested in a camera when I was sixteen an discovered another passion, photography.  A friend told me about IPS and I signed up to take Prizewinning photography 1 & 2. Through a Landscape course and Graphic Design course, I was helped to further my understanding in photography.  I have since toured with IPS to several countries and have enjoyed exploring new places and learning about different cultures.


    I decided to combined two of my favorite things Jewelry and Photography.  It has been a satisfying learning process and an exciting journey for me.  In 2012, with the help of a childhood friend, I launched my jewelry website, Especially Eli.

    My passion is making unique, one-of-a kind pieces of jewelry for every occasion. All jewelry is handmade with love as I put my own creative touch and time into every piece.

    Jocelyn Gillson from is doing a give-away of Especially Eli products December 9-11! She will be doing a give-away of one of those awesome cuffs, specifically the red one on the right.

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