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Women’s Care Center: “A Day In the Life” {Niles, Michigan Photographer}

“We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah.”

 lyrics from “Better than a Hallelujah”

by Amy Grant

 

 

Sometimes we are in a stage of our life where things may not always lined up perfectly like we had hope for.  

Sometimes our situation just gets more difficult.

Sometimes we do not know how to deal with the unexpected.

Sometimes we have no one to turn to.

In these moments ….

We just want to be heard.

We just want to be loved.

We just want guidance. 

We just want someone to hear the honest cry of our breaking hearts. 

God truly works in miraculous way providing love for those who desires Him.  In our darkest moments, God hears us. As we pour out our miseries, God just hears melody. 

I love that we don’t have to be perfect for Him to love us. 

He loves us and provides for us and all we have to do is have the desire for Him.  He just wants us to seek Him and the rest He will provide.

  

This couldn’t be more true what my heart feels for all the Women’s Care Centers that I have visited.  

As you recall,  I visited the Elkhart location back in August, and visited Notre Dame Ave last month to capture “A Day in the Life” at each of these centers.

As I drove up to a cute blue house situated downtown, Niles, Michigan, I felt an instant warm and inviting  feeling the moment I walked in.

What a beautiful organization Women’s Care Center represents for those who come there to get help. 

A kind place that takes you my your hand and gently guides you through a difficult situation. 

I saw the beauty of Life.

I experienced true Joy that resides in these centers.

I heard  melody.

 

I feel blessed to be part of this project capturing “A Day in the Life” at these centers. 

 

 

To the silent angels who have contributed financially, to the volunteers and staff for their unconditional love and time, to the talents of individuals who have created a vision for this center… I hope this video and all the videos I have created for the Women’s Care Centers help you truly see the life you have blessed, and the joy that you bring to these individuals.  Please continue to support this wonderful organization.  Your giving continue to spread in so many ways that you will never realized.  Life.Joy.These exist there everyday.

Click below to view video: Please make sure your sound is on.

 Women’s Care Center {Niles, Michigan}.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WCC-Notre Dame Ave: “A Day in the Life”{South Bend Family Photographer}

“I’m here for you whatever this life brings
So let my love give you roots
And help you find your wings.” 

Mark Harris—Lyrics from “Find Your Wings”

 

The quote above couldn’t be a more fitting quote of what Women’s Care Center represents.  This Winter, I am honored to be collaborating  with the Women’s Care Center to visit 3 more of  their centers and to capture “A Day in the Life” at each of these centers.  If you recall, last August,  I blogged about my experience at the Elkhart center. The pictures I captured at that center were then used in a video at a Benchmark Fundraising event to raise awareness of the center.  Together with the leadership from a group of amazing women, the help of volunteers, financial contributions from donors, and talents from local artists—– using their  time, treasure, and talent  the evening  generated close to $300,000 and in  the last 6 years brought close to $2,000,000. 

When I was  approached with capturing “A Day in the Life”  for 3 more locations , I asked them to share with me their vision as to why capturing “A Day in the Life” was important.  With this response, I felt a leap in my heart and knew right away that this was a project that I want to collaborate.  

 “The purpose of the images are to tell our story, to show the joy that often exists at our centers and to encourage people to make contributions.”

Alot of the clients who come to “the Women’s Care Center have lives that are messy.  They are typically single and without resources.  They don’t see a way for a baby to fit in. Sometimes the counselors don’t even know what to say as they listen to women whose problems seem insurmountable….they listen and love unconditionally.  And in the process, somehow, young women fall in lofe with their unborn babies.  When women fall in love with their  babies, their babies are saved from abortion.  In the process, the mothers are saved as well.”  A. Manion, President.

This video is a glimpse of what my eyes saw that day at the Women’s Care Cemter, Notre Dame Ave location. I hope that all those who have contributed to this organization realize what a huge impact you have made and that you truly have been their angels. I look forward to visiting 2 more of their locations and blogging about them in the upcoming months. 

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WCC: A Day in the Life.

These are some of my favorite images from that day to let you see the true beauty and joy of life.

 

 

 

 

FROM THIS MOMENT…|elkhart family photographer

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a LIFE by what we GIVE.”

 —-Winston Churchill

 

The 3 elements of Time, Talent and Treasure all weaved together beautifully Thursday night at the Women’s Care Center Benchmarks annual Auction held at Elcona Country Club.  

From the artists who created so many beautiful art pieces, to the volunteers who put in so much time behind the scene, to the guests who came and generously donated their money—–there was so much giving and selfless acts that evening.   

A few weeks ago, I was asked by a dear friend of mine to capture “A Day in the Life” at the Women’s Care Center to be used during the evening of the Auction and to exactly show what happened at the Center on a daily basis.

My husband and I always supported the Center, but to be honest with you, I have never been to the Center to fully understand all that went on behind it.  

It was truly a great experience for me and I learned so much  in the 2 days that I spent there.

I had the pleasure of meeting the incredible volunteers who work there.  Because they do this truly from their heart, I felt a great sense of love the moment  I walked into the Center.

I also had the privilege of meeting the clients who came to the Center to use the services.    Did you know that 1 out of 4 women in Elkhart County use the Women’s Care Center?

At the beginning, I wasn’t so sure how the clients would receive me being there photographing them.  I wanted to be very respectful of their privacy so I made sure that they knew what I was doing and was okay with the idea. 

I was  pleasantly surprised by the warm embrace I received. They allowed me to follow them through the process and allowed me to capture their most private and precious moments. 

One of the most touching moments was being in the same room capturing the preciousness of Life.  It was priceless to capture that very moment of the mom seeing her baby for the first time on  the ultrasounds screen. I saw so much love and joy that very moment. It left me speechless. 

I also had the privilege of following one mom into a counseling session as she shared her story to a counselor. I witnessed a counselor who listened and cared for this client.

I also met clients who took the Parenting classes to clients who use the incentive-based BABE store to redeem their coupons for diapers, clothes and baby foods.  

I met and  played with little children as they sat in the waiting room.  I was able to capture these beautiful children and saw the beauty of life from all different aspects. 

This was truly was one of highlights of my photography journey.  I feel truly blessed to be apart of this wonderful experience and to have this opportunity to capture all aspects of life. 

The theme of the Benchmarks Auction  was: LIFE, HOPE, LOVE, AND FAITH.

WCC represents all of these. 

Make sure you have your sound turned up and on and click below to view  video that I would like to share with you:

The Women’s Care Center.

Below are some of my favorite pictures.

 

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PINK.LI.CIOUS BABY S|elkhart baby photographer

This is Baby S.  She was the bundle of joy!! She was so easy-going and warmed up to me instantly during her 4 month photo session.  My heart just melted with joy! I photographed her when she was a newborn at 1 month old.  Here she is 4 months already!! All I can say is she is so pink.li.cious!! Is there such a word? It is now!

A baby has a special way of adding joy in every single day.—Author Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DREAMY, DARLING BABY D|elkhart baby photographer

This is Baby D . Isn’t he so Delightful?!! He’s only 6 days old….and almost 10lbs already! I took these picture about 3 weeks ago.  

Can you feel the love in his mommy’s eyes she has for him?  He brings that to everyone in the room. I had to resist myself from grabbing those chubby cheeks!

I wanted to show the beauty in the little things that his parents may forget. Look at his feet and toes, so precious. His head is so small that his mommy can totally nest it in the palm of her hands.  Look at that head of hair and the swirl created on his crown. He was so Dreamy and Darling to photograph!

 Thank you so much to Baby D’s grandmother, his mommy and daddy! Thank you for your patience with me! Congrats to your new Darling!

 

With a JoyfulHeart,

-U

 

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EYE CATCHING, BABY S|elkhart baby photographer

  ” A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.”
— Anonymous

This is baby S.  Look at her beauty.li.cious eyes. I’ve never seen anything so mesmerizing. She is such a doll.  Everything about her is just ‘licous! I am so thankful she is the first baby I get to practice my photography skills. She’s a baby of a good friend of my sister in law.

When I did this photo practice that day, I wanted to capture the beauty of her blue eyes.  I don’t think these pictures do them justice!

  

 

 

 These are just some of my favorite images from that session. She was about 5 weeks old when I took this about 1 1/2 month ago. I learned so much from this first session.

What a delightful family! You can feel the presence of their love for her.  Thanks for allowing me to take pictures of your beautiful daughter. Thanks for making my first experience such a fun one.

 

With a JoyfulHeart,

-U

 

 

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HELLO WORLD…

Life.Moves.Fast.

I am out of focus.

Last Fall, I brought my camera along to capture a day with my daughter.  I wanted to capture her true beauty.

 

Life.Holds.Still.

I am in focus.

That day, I paused. Something I don’t do often. 

I noticed the radiant beauty of the autumn leaves.

I noticed the radiant beauty of being a child.

I noticed His radiant beauty.

I am immersed in it.

I began to crave this feeling.

Night after night, I stayed up late to read and learn everything I could about photography. 

The more I learned, the more I craved and desired to take meaningful photos.

Recently, I came across a workshop giveaway from Amy Wenzel on i heart faces:

 

It asked these questions that made me reflect.  What is my story? What am I hoping to inspire in this photography journey? And am I courageous enough share?

It seems appropriate to start a blog and share my story here.

I am a wife. I am married to a man who leads me by His side. Our lives now shared

one  journey.

I am a mother.  I have been blessed with 4 children: 3 sons (2 are identical twins) and a daughter.  Submersed in pure joyful noise, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Learning to balance being a wife, a-stay-at-home mom, and become the person He designs me to be is

my journey.

I am a daughter. Growing up, my Dad left us. Speaking very little English, my Mom raised us by herself. The world doesn’t understand her. Her mind doesn’t understand the world. She battles with bipolar disorder. This is  

her daily journey.

I am His child. My faith was tested. My Dad came back. We reunited. He introduced me to the world of photography. He encouraged me to look at life from a different perspective. Shortly, we discovered he had liver cancer. He was given 6 weeks,

he lost that journey.

I am a sister. I have 2 siblings. 35 years ago, our family escaped from communism. I was 7. We came as refugees. My parents risked and left everything behind so that we could experience freedom. They gave us that gift. Something I won’t ever take for granted,

we won that journey.

 

We all have our own journey. Sometimes our journey is dark and other times we see the light.  No matter where we are on this journey, we need to pause and remember that joy is scattered around us. We just need to stop and realize it.   

        Joy is everywhere!  

  

 Capture it!

 

It’s the child’s innocent eyes, their tears, their quirky laughs, their toothless grin, their favorite toys, their soft feet.

I love to capture the unscripted moments, capture things the way life truly is : natural, raw, and just imperfect!

 

 

I love it  when a photo warms my heart and tugs my soul. 

I hope to learn, grow, and become the photographer who sees the little things. I hope to capture the overlooked moments. It’s these little moments that make life big.

What a sweet moment that will be when I can bring joy to someone’s heart in the form of a photograph. You will actually see me jump up and down and shout to the tune of my kid’s favorite song:

 “I’ve got the joy,…down in my heart. Where? ….in my heart to stay!”

            

 

Joy is everywhere! Capture it!

This is my inspiration and what I hope to inspire.

Learning to embrace light and  dark,

My  journey is in His hands.

With a Joyful Heart,

Uyen 

 

 

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