We are Michael & Laura, a husband and wife photography team based in Richmond, Virginia (though we LOVE to travel!). We hope you enjoy browsing some of our most recent work, reading our tips and tricks for brides, and taking a little peek into our life.
Wow! 9 months went by way too quickly! We had gotten to know these kids, spending every day with them, feeding & looking after them, waking up to their crying, and riding our bikes to teach and coach them. We got the opportunity to be a part of some amazing local organizations outside of the […]
Wow, almost a year has gone by, and we realized we still haven’t finished our AMAZING 9 months in Kenya Series… To jog your memory, we just finished our time at Juja, hosting several pool parties before moving back to the Happy Life Nairobi location for the last month. We spent that last month updating […]
After coming back from our little vacation with Laura’s family, we jumped right back into teaching and coaching every day. Thankfully, the owners of the house had their pool repaired just before the family came, and we thought that it would be a fun idea to invite some of the kids over for a little American pool party. We bought hot dogs, buns, mustard, and Ketchup, and grilled them for the kids to snack on, several cases of soda, and some biscuits (cookies). We made sure we had boiled plenty of water for them to drink too, as they normally get only one cup for their whole afternoon. We were really excited for our pool party, especially because none of the kids, or even most of the teachers had ever been in a pool before, and they definitely never had a classic American hot dog.
We had been at Juja for a few months. We absolutely loved going every day to the school, teaching and helping out in any way we could. But, living in the middle of nowhere, spending everyday riding a bike through dirt and mud 15 minutes each way, and surrounded by kids fighting for your attention, and trying to teach them takes it out of you. So we were very excited when Laura’s family came over to visit for a week. Laura had also been in touch with her old school and a few friends stateside about a month before, and planned a supply donation for Happy Life Christian School, bringing needed and highly overpriced supplies you could buy in Kenya, but the school just didn’t have the funds to buy them. We had an AMAZING turnout of support for this, and Laura’s parents brought 4 50lb suitcases full of colored markers, crayons, chalk, reading and education books, sharpeners, erasers, personal whiteboards and markers for the kids, and a whole heck of a lot more.