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Church Location Portraits

Church Location Portraits

Church location portraits

Church location portraits

It has been about 11 months since I last updated this site. I hope to catch everyone up soon as to what’s been going on. For now, my church asked me to add some more officers and staff location portraits to our site at Grace Community Church (PCA). No problem, except it has been about a year since I last shot there, and I still wanted the images to look as though they all belonged together.

I normally shoot location portraits with 5 lights (key, fill, background, hair, and rim). I shot these images with only a 46″ Photek Softlighter II as a key, and a 60″ Photek Softlighter II as a fill and spill onto the background, both with nylon diffusers.

I think I came pretty close to matching the previous images here.

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Church Web Images

Church Web Images

Church Web Images

Church Web Images

My wife and I are new members of Grace Community Church ( in Charlottesville, VA. GCC is a PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) church, located 4 miles north of the Charlottesville airport and just off of 29 North. Coming from Charlottesville, just look for the Psychic on the right (not kidding!), then make the next left onto Dickerson and follow the signs.

We were drawn to the sound, winsome, honest, and transparent teaching of Don Ward and Tag Tuck. I am honored to be part of a team that has been working on Grace Community Church‘s new website. These are some images for the site, which rolled out today.

I want the images to honor God, be interesting, and communicate who we are. More images are certainly needed, but I am pleased with the first batch.

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Resurrection Sunday or Chavez? Google Chooses

Google doodle:  César Chávez

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Resurrection Sunday or Chavez? Google Chooses

I woke up early this Resurrection Sunday, not surprised, but disappointed to discover that Google had again slighted Christianity by selecting César Chávez to doodle-honor.

Around the world Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ daily, but especially on this day:  Easter Sunday. It is a “holy”day that even the secularist recognizes as “different”. Many even show deference to their Christian mothers or spouses by attending church with them on Easter. (Maybe even on Christmas, too!).

Certainly, Google is a secular company. California, Texas, and Colorado already celebrate Caesar on March 31. So why my concern?

Per The Daly Caller,”President Barack Obama released a statement in 2011 proclaiming March 31 “Cesar Chavez Day,” declaring, “I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate service, community, and educational programs to honor Cesar Chavez’s enduring legacy.”

Really? Enduring legacy?! How about the 2,000 years that the Lord Jesus Christ has been bringing spiritually dead sinners into new life? What about the countless hopeless lives He has transformed and turned into useful vessels, through whom He sheds His light to others? One-third of the earth’s people acknowledges Him as their personal Savior and their only true path to a relationship with God. This is an enduring legacy!

“If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB)

Continuing the article, “Google CEO Eric Schmidt was an informal adviser to both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns, a member of the Obama White House transition team in 2009, and a onetime prospect for an Obama Cabinet post during the president’s second term.”

OK, I get it. Schmidt is tight with our President who is tight with labor unions. But is it necessary to politicize every issue? Can’t they give it a rest, even on Easter?

Apparently not. (The last time Google recognized Easter was 2000!)

Bing:  Easter eggs.

Bing: Easter eggs.

Google can run any doodle they choose, but I suppose that millions of other Americans were also offended by their poor choice. I am only one person, but I chose to move away from all things Google. There are other good options available. For now, I choose Bing, which featured Easter eggs (heathen, yes, I know!). Ixquick looks like another good option. Any others that you would recommend?

Happy Easter, from a former Googler.