Visalia Rescue Mission – Run for Hope

During this past weekend, I was asked to photograph the first annual Visalia Rescue Mission run for hope. A run who’s proceeds were to benefit the Visalia Rescue Mission and their efforts to impact the Visalia community and it’s poor and in need.

On a daily basis the Visalia rescue serves hundreds of meals to those who otherwise wouldn’t receive a meal at all.

In addition to their standard, help the poor, mission it is also the Visalia Rescue Missions goal to share Christ with the people that they come in contact with and provide subsance abuse counsiling.

Photographs from the event from and Photo Booth photographs by Third Element Studios can be purchased at the following link with all proceeds being donated to the Visalia Rescue Mission

Link to Photographs

Varsity Lady Cavaliers vs. Mission Oaks

With the nice warm spring sun at their backs it was a wonderful day to be outside, and living in California’s Central Valley, and a great day for a softball game. Though the CVC Lady Cavalier Varsity Softball team had a hard time getting the runs necessary to beat Mission Oaks High both fans and athletes would have been hard pressed to find a better day to be on the softball diamond. Photographs taken at the game can be found here.

Afternoon and spring sports have a certain advantage over other sports, for one there is usually more light, this makes the job as a photographer much more easy with concern for lighting the scene and getting the athlete in correct focus.



Things may never be as we remember them being, but we can always celebrate the consistency of the things that we have taken part in. Every year for as long as I can remember and as long as my wife’s parents can remember, Fresno Pacific University has been host to the MCC sale. The MCC sale is put on to help the Mennonite Central Committee in their efforts to see Christs’ work throughout the world.

Though a reasonable day trip away from Visalia as a child I remember visiting the MCC sale, helping with the booth that Neighborhood Mennonite Brethren Church would sponsor wrapping burgers. Things were very different then, much more busy and many more crafts as I can remember. One thing strange for me to think of now is the fact that my wife was also in attendance of this event and it is possible that I met her long before I started dating her.

There are things for all ages, Face Panting and an area for children to play, food from many cultures and the big event being an auction. The auction is primarily of quilted items, once an attraction for all now seems relegated to the few that can appreciate the work that goes into the quilts.