Visual Storytelling {Haiti} - Manda Weaver Photography

January 23, 2015

Visual Storytelling {Haiti}

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Visual Storytelling in any culture is important… it has been as long as mankind has existed. The medium has evolved … the art has become digital as well as tactile. The tools for creation have become many. But the core value of imagery as a vehicle for storytelling is the same.

When I was asked to do the visual storytelling for the Wedding of my friends Junior & Dominique…

SalisburyMD Wedding Photography_0017my husband, Ryan, and I started dreaming of ways that we could maximize our trip, and give away what we know about storytelling photography and discipleship. We began working with Pastor St Cyr and his son Junior to plan a few seminars that would help us do just that.

A few of my photography students…

A few of my photography students…

The dream came to fruition this week. I had the pleasure of teaching 17 students the basics of photography, and began brainstorming with them about how they can use visual storytelling to help support their families. I hope to plan further seminars with these students, and create a network of local and  Stateside photographers who will mentor these Haitian storytellers  as they carve out a business for themselves. This will be an ongoing process, and I am thrilled to be a part of such a challenging task. It will be worth it!

Ketia.. student and unplanned model for the composition portion of the seminar

Ketia.. student and unplanned model for the composition portion of the seminar

Haiti has an 80% unemployment rate. Therefor, job creation is crucial to helping our friends in Haiti. It is one if the keys to eliminating child trafficking and bringing dignity to this resilient people. If photographers like myself will give themselves to teaching and training other photographers, I believe we can have a wonderful impact on future generations of Haitians.

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We brought our sons Ryland (8) & Rance (5) on this trip with us… Ryan is telling them about the JP1, tent city, that used to exist on the land behind the church where we taught.

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Ryland & Rance attended a Haitian school… being taught in french by Madame Sabrina.

 

I’m off to the Wedding rehearsal now to enjoy the company of my friends and do a bit of research on the what this Haitian Wedding will be like tomorrow. Eek… I am excited!

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I met Manda when she photographed a wedding I was maid of honor in. I got to know her throughout the wedding planning process and spent lots of time with her on the day of that wedding. Her demeanor, positive energy, and absolutely stunning shots made her a natural choice for me to select when I got engaged. She was an absolute joy to be around when she photographed my wedding. 
                                                                      Courtney & Mike

WOW all I can say is WOW!!! Hiring Manda as my wedding photographer was the absolute best decision I made for my wedding!!!

If you are looking for a photographer who will instantly make you (and your not photo-loving fiancé) feel completely at ease, who has the kindest heart and who will make your wedding look like an absolute dream you want Manda!
                                                                       Svetlana & Tyler

Manda was an absolute dream to work with! Capturing natural images of the joy and emotion on our wedding day was very important to us...
Manda excels at just that. 

 After looking at Manda's work and hearing story after story from others about how talented she is, we knew we had to have her capture our wedding. . She has the incredible ability to capture loving faces at just the right time and at just the right angle. She is thoughtful, courteous, and appreciates the value of a couple's wedding day. 
                                                Will & Kate

She is incredibly creative and it shows through her work. We highly (highly) recommend Manda!!!!

We LOVED having Manda as our photographer. Her calm, encouraging, and sweet disposition helped us feel at ease in front of the camera. Moreover, she is incredibly talented and catches the most beautiful moments. She is incredibly creative and it shows through her work. We highly (highly) recommend Manda!!!!

                                                                       -Janna + Sam