2017: A Year in Review!

2017
 A year in Review!! 


This year was one of major transitions for me in a lot of ways! From finishing up videos from 2016 to presenting at churches, to serving on our pastor search committee, to my first project in a closed country, to going full time with Mission to the World, God has brought me through many doors and taken me to unexpected places. You have been a huge part of this year especially in these specific transitions. Your prayers, support, and encouragement have made another year possible. I'm thankful for the ways God uses you each year to remind me that we were not meant to do things alone, big or small. Celebrate with me another wonderful year of God's faithfulness in this ministry. 

6 months at home Much of the beginning of the year was spent finishing up films from a very busy 2016! I got to spend almost 6 months in the US in early 2017 and I spent much of that time playing catch up not just on films but on rest as well! God used that time to allow me to finish films before starting new projects, establish new friendships, serve in a sustained way on our pastor search committee for South Baton Rouge Pres. in our first few months of getting the committee going, and go on restful trips with friends! It was time that I didn't know I needed and I learned a lot from it. 

6 months at home

Much of the beginning of the year was spent finishing up films from a very busy 2016! I got to spend almost 6 months in the US in early 2017 and I spent much of that time playing catch up not just on films but on rest as well! God used that time to allow me to finish films before starting new projects, establish new friendships, serve in a sustained way on our pastor search committee for South Baton Rouge Pres. in our first few months of getting the committee going, and go on restful trips with friends! It was time that I didn't know I needed and I learned a lot from it. 

  byFaith Magazine In the spring of this year ByFaith Magazine did an article on MTW and the PCA's response to the global refugee crisis. They used photos from my time on the docks of Greece in Athens in March 2016 as refugees from Syria and neighboring countries arrived on the shores of Greece fleeing war and persecution. This was another way that God used the photographs and videos of the refugees we've worked with in the last 2 years to bring more understanding and awareness of the ways God is making His name known amongst the nations. 

 

byFaith Magazine

In the spring of this year ByFaith Magazine did an article on MTW and the PCA's response to the global refugee crisis. They used photos from my time on the docks of Greece in Athens in March 2016 as refugees from Syria and neighboring countries arrived on the shores of Greece fleeing war and persecution. This was another way that God used the photographs and videos of the refugees we've worked with in the last 2 years to bring more understanding and awareness of the ways God is making His name known amongst the nations. 

Refugee Film at General Assembly

The film on the refugee crisis that I made from time in Greece and Germany in order to educate and call the church to support our missionaries involved in planting churches amongst refugees was shown at this year's General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church in America. We received a lot of encouraging feedback from those who saw the film and continue to pray that God uses them to encourage others to pray, give, and go to serve amongst refugees around the world.

Sharing at Churches and other Changes We expanded this ministry to also entail my sharing at more churches throughout the year about what God is doing in other places. We saw multiple missionaries gain financial support, prayer partners, and encouragement from stories shared at churches in the last two years. Now my job with MTW is also to be a kind of advocate for our missionaries abroad and to seek new ways and places to get these stories in front of the American church. Please pray for more opportunities and places to speak in the coming months and years. 

Sharing at Churches and other Changes


We expanded this ministry to also entail my sharing at more churches throughout the year about what God is doing in other places. We saw multiple missionaries gain financial support, prayer partners, and encouragement from stories shared at churches in the last two years. Now my job with MTW is also to be a kind of advocate for our missionaries abroad and to seek new ways and places to get these stories in front of the American church. Please pray for more opportunities and places to speak in the coming months and years. 

Full Time with MTW! I went full time with MTW! We increased my responsibilities with MTW and the amount of videos we'll produce each year as well as added some responsibilities with our marketing department and increased the Communications Arts Initiative budget for future years.Thanks to the support of many individuals and churches God provided a way to go full time with MTW which is a dream come true. I am still raising support and have about 10% left to raise to be fully funded for 2018. Please pray that God would provide the final funds needed to do this work full time! 

Full Time with MTW!

I went full time with MTW! We increased my responsibilities with MTW and the amount of videos we'll produce each year as well as added some responsibilities with our marketing department and increased the Communications Arts Initiative budget for future years.Thanks to the support of many individuals and churches God provided a way to go full time with MTW which is a dream come true. I am still raising support and have about 10% left to raise to be fully funded for 2018. Please pray that God would provide the final funds needed to do this work full time! 

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Trip to Middle East and closed country.
 

In August, I got to work with some of our workers in the Middle East for the first time in a closed country. Since I started documenting stories of Syrian refugees hearing of Christ and getting involved in church plants in Greece & Germany after fleeing their home countries, I have longed to be able to get even closer to the crisis and learn even more about the suffering, culture, traditions, and beliefs of those God is bringing out of the Middle East and into countries where they can hear the gospel for the first time. I got to do that in an unexpected way this year and the trip changed me in many ways. I learned about missionaries all over the world living under threat of deportation or worse all for the sake of the gospel. I also learned more about the war in Syria, why people had to flee, and their beliefs which have helped me understand those we've served and will serve for years to come. Stay tuned for more stories from the Middle East and videos from my time there and please pray for the production of these videos over the next few weeks.

Past projects reunited at GMC I got to experience an unexpected reunion at the PCA's Global Missions Conference this year! I ran into friends I served with in Greece, Washington State, Canada, the Middle East, and Germany among other places. It was a little taste of heaven to reunite with brothers and sisters serving around the world and to hear from them how God has used the videos we made from our time with them and their ministries over the years. This photo is of me with Tim and Alex who have planted a church in an anarchist neighborhood in Athens, Greece. They are also doing refugee outreach and made a point to tell me at the conference how God has used the videos we made of their ministry in Greece to increase their work and support. It was a special time of remembering all God has done and an encouragement to press on!

Past projects reunited at GMC

I got to experience an unexpected reunion at the PCA's Global Missions Conference this year! I ran into friends I served with in Greece, Washington State, Canada, the Middle East, and Germany among other places. It was a little taste of heaven to reunite with brothers and sisters serving around the world and to hear from them how God has used the videos we made from our time with them and their ministries over the years. This photo is of me with Tim and Alex who have planted a church in an anarchist neighborhood in Athens, Greece. They are also doing refugee outreach and made a point to tell me at the conference how God has used the videos we made of their ministry in Greece to increase their work and support. It was a special time of remembering all God has done and an encouragement to press on!

PCA Global Missions Conference

In September, I traveled to Ukraine in order to document stories of community transformation amongst Ukrainians after the Soviet Union collapsed. The story of Masha and her mother, Olena, coming to Christ through English classes led by MTW missionaries was shown at the GMC conference in Dallas in November this year. Thousands of people got to hear of God's work through workers in Ukraine and other places and hear the call to support and pray for missionaries around the world through this conference. It was an honor and encouragement to see God use these films in that way.

3 years with MTW!  This season marks 3 years working with MTW as photographer and videographer for the Communications Arts Initiative and marketing department. There are many days where I have to pinch myself from unbelief at what God has done in providing this ministry and calling me to be a part of it. In the fall of 2014, the marketing department created this position in order to provide these stories of what God is doing all over the world and I am continually encouraged by the places He's taken us since then. This photo is from my first project and trip with MTW to Cambodia in January 2015. This ministry is made possible by you and the work, prayers, support, gifts, time, questions, letters, phone calls, texts, coffee dates, and friendship He's provided in this team. I am so grateful. Here's to a wonderful 2017 and exciting days ahead in 2018. Thank you! 

3 years with MTW! 

This season marks 3 years working with MTW as photographer and videographer for the Communications Arts Initiative and marketing department. There are many days where I have to pinch myself from unbelief at what God has done in providing this ministry and calling me to be a part of it. In the fall of 2014, the marketing department created this position in order to provide these stories of what God is doing all over the world and I am continually encouraged by the places He's taken us since then. This photo is from my first project and trip with MTW to Cambodia in January 2015. This ministry is made possible by you and the work, prayers, support, gifts, time, questions, letters, phone calls, texts, coffee dates, and friendship He's provided in this team. I am so grateful.
Here's to a wonderful 2017 and exciting days ahead in 2018.

Thank you! 

 Please consider this ministry for your year end giving and please join me in praying for opportunities to tell these stories wherever God would have us go in the years to come! If you're interested in partnering with me, you can give online by clicking the blue button below or you can mail a check to the following address: Mission to the World PO BOX 744165 Atlanta, GA 30374-4165 #96229 Claire Hutchinson

 Please consider this ministry for your year end giving and please join me in praying for opportunities to tell these stories wherever God would have us go in the years to come! If you're interested in partnering with me, you can give online by clicking the blue button below or you can mail a check to the following address:
Mission to the World
PO BOX 744165
Atlanta, GA 30374-4165
#96229 Claire Hutchinson

JP & Lindsey, New Orleans Engagements.

Lindsey and JP met me at City Park the week we thought a hurricane might be coming for New Orleans. The day before a potential hurricane turned out to be some solid photoshoot weather and even provided a little wind effect I didn't hate. 

JP and Lindsey will be getting married in March and will have folks coming from all over to see New Orleans for the first time! I had a blast finally meeting these two. What a pair!

Congrats you guys. 

Tanner & Stephanie Wedding...Baton Rouge Wedding Photography

I've known Stephanie since college and was so thrilled to be a part of Tanner and Stephanie's wedding! Their wedding was a joy and the dance floor was entertaining the whole night! 

You might remember Tanner and Stephanie's engagement session from earlier this year! You can view those photos here

There are some couples that I get sad about when all the wedding shoots are over! This is one of them. So thankful to be a part of this and congratulations you two! 

Hair Artist: Lindsey Pellette

Makeup:  JKL Salon

The Dress: Bridal Boutique

Cake Artist: Gambino's

Florist: Peggy Carrol

Ceremony: University Presbyterian Church

DJ: Premier Sound

Reception: De La Ronde Hall

John & Jennifer...Audubon Park New Orleans Engagements

I love it when the forecast looks grim only to surprise with the most glorious of days! 

John and Jennifer's engagement session was set for Audubon Park months in advance...and on a  day that the two could make it since they are long distance right now. John lives in DC while Jennifer is in Nola. The threat of rain is never fun for a steamy Louisiana day...especially when it hadn't stopped raining for weeks! 

But...the rain held off...literally until the last minute when we all got in our cars to leave and the bottom fell out. So thankful for that timing and for such a wonderful morning getting to know these two. 

Jennifer and John, I can't wait for the wedding day! You two are too cute. Thanks friends. 

Photos Featured in ByFaith Magazine

Over a year later and I’ve only been able to talk about certain aspects of this day. This was one of the most challenging days and things I’ve ever experienced as a photographer. Never have I been so burdened by the suffering I saw and at the same time convinced there is a God who meets us in our suffering. Many thanks to ByFaith Magazine for showcasing these photos of people who were hurting, who are likely still living in a camp somewhere, and the stories of those who have answered the call to walk alongside the hurting. I’m continually thankful for the work of the missionaries of Mission to the World and those who are teaching us to "love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners”Deut.10:19

 

Brian & Chelsea...New Orleans Terrell House Wedding

Have I said before that the Terrell House is my fave venue in New Orleans? Because it is! 

Brian and Chelsea were married there on April 22nd! They wanted to spend some good time around the New Orleans Garden District taking pictures along the route of a tour of the area they went on together. I always love it when couples want to set aside some time to get some great photos together!  It was a magical day! 

Congratulations to Brian and Chelsea! 

Ceremony & Reception: The Terrell House

Wedding coordinator: Linda Terrell

Florist: The Terrell House

Cake Artist: Cake Artist

Hair and Makeup: The Parlour Salon & Blush and Bashful

The Dress: Calvet Couture Bridal by Nicole Miller

Rental: Ooh La La Music Company

Tanner & Stephanie - Baton Rouge Engagements

Tanner and Stephanie are getting married in July and thankfully we got to sneak in some engagements before the Louisiana heat began it's annual overnight set-in! 

We took these out at Tanner's family land in Slaughter, LA. If even for an afternoon, it's good for the soul to get out of the city and head out into the country. 

Congrats to Stephanie and Tanner! Can't wait for the wedding day:)

Mark & Lisa's New Years Wedding! -- Baton Rouge

Lisa is one of the first people I met in college. She lived right down the hall in our dorm and became a fast friend to everyone she met. Her joy, love for adventure, and heart for others makes her hard not to love! When she told me about her New Years Eve wedding, her hopes for her wedding day being more than just a day to celebrate her and her guy but also the people around them, and about her guy who sounded just as awesome as she is, my reply was a resounding:

I'M IN!

I've been telling people that Mark and Lisa's wedding was done the right way. If you're going to do New Years, this is what you should do. Complete with confetti, family bands, surprise performances, gold & glitz, a choir, midnight kisses, a limbo stick and even gluten free desserts! What is there not to love?

Congrats you two. It was an honor and a joy. May the rest of your life be as fun, full and beautiful as this night was! 

Ceremony & Reception: The Motor Exchange, Baton Rouge

The cake: Brew Ha Ha

Hair and Makeup: friend, Rachel Hutchinson: Sugar and Bronze Salon

Florist: The bride!

Catering: Mis Padres

The dress: Hautelook. Designer: Terani Couture

Band: Beaucoup Boogie

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And in keeping with one of my favorite parts of December (receiving all the wonderful holiday cards from friends and family) here is a year in review of all the families we got to serve! I don't get to do as many family photos as I used to anymore since I'm out of the country a lot, but I really love seeing the kids dressed in their best! 

 I'm thankful you've stopped by to see the latest and follow along my adventures this year. 

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May your next year be merry and bright!

Reid & Camille....New Orleans French Quarter Wedding

You might remember Reid and Camille from earlier this year! We had a fun day of photos in the French Quarter and Cafe du Monde when we did their engagements. 

Round two was a blast. Reid & Camille's wedding was at Latrobe's on Royal in the French Quarter in early December. It was a rainy day but the rain didn't threat an incredible second line all through the French Quarter to end a spectacular celebration!

Congrats you two! Wishing you all the best in marriage and your careers in sunny California!

 

 

Ceremony & Reception: Latrobe's on Royal

Coordinator: Christie Chopin

Videographer: Chad Dyle - Dyle Films

Florist:  Kim Starr Wise

Cake Artist: Bittersweet Confectionary

Band: Luther Kent

Hair Arist: Buff Beauty

The Dress: Monique Lhuillier

 Ceremony MusicianHarry Hardin

 

 

         

Cohen Canal...Baton Rouge Newborn Photos!

I've known Allison and John-Cody for many many years. These two are high school sweethearts. I remember Allison telling me about a crush on John-Cody in high school. I remember when they got together, when they became our high school's prom king and queen and I even got to be at their wedding! 

I haven't been in someone's home to do their family photos in a little while. This was a sweet morning just getting to see new life and new routines with these friends! 

And now they have a little man! Cohen is precious and it was an honor to do these photos for sweet friends I've known for more than half my life.

Congratulations you two! He's beautiful and I can't wait to watch your family grow! 

 

 

Kyle & Amanda's Baton Rouge Wedding - Old State Capitol

I love the Old State Capitol as a wedding and event venue. 

You got your one-of-a-kind stairs, your beautiful architecture, your great location for out-of-towners, your history, and your all-in-one convenience. It's a winner for sure. 

I first met Kyle and Amanda at that amazing Halloween themed wedding I did a few years ago! We had a blast being a part of Kyle and Amanda's Baton Rouge wedding. It was beautiful! 

Congrats you two! 

 

Thanks for stopping by! 

*Claire

Reid & Camille...New Orleans French Quarter Engagements

What do you get when you mix

1. a super fun couple willing to be silly, fun, and up for anything

2. a wedding venue that goes above and beyond for their clients

and

3. A city unlike any other with traditions, treats, and streets that are picturesque at every turn

???

Engagements and fun times like these. 

Reid, Camille, and I had other plans for this shoot that fell through last minute. 

We are so glad they did! Adventuring around the French Quarter never disappoints a photographer. And when it's spent with good company and amazing folks like the girls at Latrobe's on Royal...it's just a wonderful combination. 

Congrats to Reid & Camille. They'll be getting married at Latrobe's (the balcony pictured here) in December! Can't wait. 

Miles & Nicole...Covington Wedding

Congratulations to Miles & Nicole! 

These two were married in Mandeville/Covington, Louisiana and their friends and family know how to celebrate a wedding! 

Wishing you guys the best on your mini-moon and every day after!! 

 

 

Ceremony: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

Reception: Tchefuncta Country Club 

Makeup Artist: Brittany McGowan

The Dress: Yvonne Lafleur

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bustles and Bows

Tuxes: John's Tuxedo's

Hair Artist: Karlie Lacoste

Flowers: Keeth Buckley

Cake Artist: Cocoa Bean

 Live Wedding Painting: Alex Harvie  

Chairs: Gold Chiavari  Uplighting: Mandeville Party Company - Transportation:  Southern Hospitality - Limousines: Royal Coach

Band: The Mixed Nuts

Videography: High Rise Productions

 

 

Thanks for stopping by! 

*Claire

Mrs. Miles Mick...Baton Rouge Bridals

Congratulations to Miles & Nicole married July 9, 2016!! 

We did Nicole's bridals at the Old Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge on a rainy day much like today. But that didn't stop us from snapping some good pics. 

More from Miles and Nicole's Wedding coming soon! 

 

Tray & Emma..St. Francisville Wedding

 

I told someone the other day "man, I just love a Benton wedding!"

I've known Emma, her siblings, and her nieces and nephews for several years. I had the privilege of photographing Cary, Emma's sister, and Paul's wedding a couple of years ago. Some of the kiddos pictured here I got to babysit for several years right after college and the Benton family and their extended folks as well have continually been a huge encouragement in my pursuit to start and continue this business. I am thankful for the Bentons! 

Tray and Emma's wedding was a beautiful southern summer evening wedding in one of the most beautiful areas of Louisiana, the one and only St. Francisville. 

I'm honored to have been a part of it and wish you two so so many years of bliss! Congrats:)

 

Ceremony: Grace Church, St. Francisville

Hair & Makeup:  Lisa Horn | Trends Salon & Boutique

Flowers: Family & Friends

The Dress: Yvonne Lafleur

Cake Artist: Kim Morgan

Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung

Flower Girls Dresses: Haase's 

Tuxes: Squires Formalwear

Band: Something Blue Band

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by! 

*Claire

Featured! Southern Bride Magazine

I'm honored to say we've been featured in Southern Bride Magazine

You might remember we did a styled shoot a little while back in honor of the women at Umucyo Sewing Cooperative in Kigali, Rwanda. After seeing my blog post about our work with the ladies in Kigali, Stephanie Ringler of Roses and Lace, a wedding coordinator in Baton Rouge was inspired to do a styled shoot that reflected some of the style of the shoot we did for Umucyo. 

I'm honored to have been a part of it and thankful Southern Weddings featured us in their June print magazine! You can find it at any Barnes and Noble or Target and turn to page 100!:)

Also check out this blog post of all the images that inspired this styled shoot!