One of my favorite things about photography is that I have the honor of capturing images that tell a story… and Maya Schopmeyer and I have a good one to tell!
Maya and I knew one another in high school, but didn’t really get to know one another until we began working for the same law firm in our early 20’s. While we both had grown up in church, neither of us was walking with Jesus at the time… but little did we know this would be a friendship that would change us both for all eternity!
In January of 2004 Maya and I were roommates and best friends, and we both began to hunger for something that we couldn’t quite figure out. This hunger led us to Pinelake Church where we both truly encountered Jesus and His life changing power! We were both baptized in the early months of that year and began the journey of a lifetime… following Jesus!
Here it is 14 years later (where does the time go!!)… Maya is a pastor’s wife, I am a missionary… we have prayed and supported one another through so many trials and celebrations that that it would take a book to write it all!! (Hum… maybe we should pray into writing that…) But please ask us! We both love sharing and giving Jesus all the Glory for what He has done in our lives!
When I look at these images, I not only see a beautiful mom and her three amazing children, I see the best friend a girl could ever ask for. I see Katelyn & Ava, beautiful twin girls, and I remember a quick meeting in a parking lot in 2013 just a couple of days before we both left to visit different parts of the world… a quick meeting so Maya could tell me she was expecting! I remember a couple of months later, on a rare day that I was able to check my email in Mozambique, Africa, reading an update about her pregnancy, seeing the word BABIES and being overwhelmed by tears of JOY!! I remember the countless times I laid hands on Maya’s belly and prayed protection over these babies as Maya spent the last three months of this pregnancy on bedrest. And see that beautiful baby boy? Jesus is so amazing that He allowed my best friend and I to experience pregnancy at the same time! Little Joshua and my Pippa were born just a few months apart!
As I edited these images, the Lord spoke to me about the beauty of redemption, of the blessings of a strong spiritual heritage, and the legacy that Chris & Maya Schopmeyer are building through these mighty warriors for the Kingdom.
What an honor to capture the images that tell your story.