I have a lengthy list of people who inspire me in regards to photography. There are those in real life who've captured my family in ways that I would love to emulate. There are those in the blogging world whose work gets my creative juices flowing.
There's only one person, though, who I can credit with actually teaching me how to use my camera so that I can take the kinds of pictures I see in my mind.
I first met Sarah Newman through my introductory photography class with Indy Photo Coach. She was a fabulous teacher, easy to understand but challenging us in our work. It's been over a year since I first took her class, but she continues to inspire me with the beautiful pictures she takes with LinneaLiz Photography.
Sarah is traveling to Malawi, Africa with Circle of Hope this January as part of a missions trip. Her job while she's there is to photograph the Malawian people, to capture their needs and the needs of the orphans waiting to be sponsored. If anyone has the heart and talent to capture a moment and tell a story with a photograph, it's Sarah.
Tell me this picture doesn't capture everything that is precious about my own child:
Photo by none other than Sarah Newman, of course!
Today I Gave: a donation to go towards Sarah's plane ticket to Malawi. I can't wait to see her photographs, and to learn what else I can do to help. If you'd like to help out as well, you can learn more on her Send Sarah to Africa facebook page.
Today I Received: the gift of solitude. I'm so thankful for those few hours each week when both kids are in school. I'm at my best when I have a healthy mix of family time and me time. It was a hectic weekend, and my soul needed some quiet time in my home this morning to tackle the mountain of laundry and to gather my thoughts.