Monthly Archives: February 2016

They say it takes a village to raise a child. As a single dad I can completely identify with this statement. Children need multiple positive influences. My parents, sister and brother in law all live with in blocks of my home and I rely on them so much to help me with my son.

It’s always so inspiring to watch the Filipino’s and see how much they all assist and love each other. The youth so respect their elders and it’s obvious to see how they all thrive living in community.

Today, as I was photographing an very old man, these two children were intently watching me in this exact pose and with such a tender attitude.

I quietly turned to my assistant and translator Robert and asked him to tell them not to move. I turn my camera on them and was so lucky that they continued this meaningful embrace.

Today we delivered 165 solar lights to three different Mangyans villages. Several of the recipients including this women, walked a great distance to reach our @wattsoflove distribution center. Many of the recipients made the long journey in the baking sun, barefoot and several women were carrying babies.

Mangyans, means “true”, “pure” or “genuine,” a term that they use to stress the fact that they are strict in the sense of ancestral preservation of tradition and practices.

I have come to understand that to capture an authentic portrait, you need to learn how to let go of any sense of judgement or preconceptions you might have when you are interacting with that person. You need to remain open, present, neutral, none judge mental and most importantly, collaborative yet in controll.

As I studied this women’s eyes, I couldn’t help and think “does she know how hard her life is or is that just my preconceived perception of her life?” She was hauntingly beautiful, frail, strong, exposed, yet some how in complete controll.

It gives me great joy to think that her hut is currently being illuminated by her new @wattsoflove light tonight.

Talk about some serious hang-time! Our entire team jumped for joy the moment we hit the island of Mindoro. Four hours late arriving but we made it.

So what does one do after waking up at 2:45 am, still jet lagged to get to the airport to catch a 5:00 am flight and that flight gets delayed for at least two hours? What else but eat donuts shaped like our @wattsoflove logo. I believe Homer Simpson said it best “I never met a donut I didn’t like. Mmmmmmm donuts!!!

You know you’re off to a good start delivering solar lights when you’re cheered “good luck” by the entire Indianapolis Colts cheerleading team while going through security in O’Hare airport! Not my typical post for @instsgram but it was too funny not to post!

Our entire @wattsoflove team is off to the Phillipines to distribute 1000 solar lights and 500 headlamps. What a great way to begin our journey!