Arrival in Greece

Hey friends,

Here is what’s important to know:

Geographically Lesvos is the closest large land mass from Turkey.

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Greece & Turkey do not always get along, and the reality is that Greece does not have the resources to be receiving this many refugees in a camp that is already double its capacity.

 

The country is not doing well economically, tourism is low and that leaves a lot of businesses without customers. In the last few days I’ve had fun photographing how spectacular this place really is, in hopes that maybe this specific island becomes a travel destination for people.

 

I tell myself I am trying Greek sweets & coffees.. for the sake of helping economy, right? ;)

 

Rule of thumb when in Greece, plumbing sucks. Don’t flush the paper.

 

This is not Canada. Pedestrians don’t have the right of way. Drivers and scooters are so confident in their hectic driving way... crossing the street scares me more than being in camp.

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•I’m all seriousness, small boats are overpacked after contacting a smuggler in hope of a better life and then they make that dangerous open water journey.


•People from many countries no longer have a home.

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(We are talking 40 different nations!)


•We are volunteering under Euroreleif /

•YWAM LESVOS who is about a year old, their base is on the “next wave” which is where we are currently living.



•The crisis is STILL ongoing

The very morning we toured camp there was a handful of boats that arrived!


some of the tasks we do: Security, gate guarding, admin, doctors, plumbers, teachers etc. 



Every life jacket has a story.

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We had the chance to see the “life jacket graveyard”. Thousands have been dumped, along with boat remains and small floaty tubes. Kassie looked over at me and reminded me that each jacket had a story and the little girl I was holding hands with at camp wore one of these - if she was lucky. My heart broke at the truth in her observation. You can visually see the large number of people Moria camp has had to host.


WE ARE TOLD:

Everyday will be different, that is the life of most volunteers... and the refugees.

How are we & what you can pray for:


Don’t worry. So far so good :) our entire team made it after a full day of travel on Easter.


Incase you didn’t know I am on this trip with my Village school or ministry class. I’ve had the privilege of spending the last eight months with some amazing people learning about the bible & what it would be like to pursue ministry, but that’s a story in itself.

It is a whole new adventure to be living 6 girls out of suitcases in one small room did I mention.. on a boat.

The “next wave” is bigger than what I had imagined. Theres a kitchen, bathrooms and a cozy library we’ve already gotten to dive into.  Feels homey and I some how still get lost on this small ship)

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 The marina is beautiful to look at, the Greek stars are something I am excited to stare at. I picture what life at sea must be like, but the thought makes me a little sea sick so I’ll stop.


PRAY FOR CONFIDENCE

Some of us have been feeling anxious about the unknown of what the days will look like, or what tasks we will be asked to do. Pray that we feel adequacy and courage.


We were reminded that it is easier to be a light in a dark place. Moria camp is a dark place.


It was fitting to leave for our trip on Easter, when our church reminded us to RISK EVERYTHING.


We can’t ignore this situation, we need to come in knowing that we were given a crazy opportunity and we need to make the most out of it. We are not the only ones who risked it all. These people risked safety, being caught or arrested in the waters, the lives of their children and families, risk going into a country with no legal documents this is THE REAL DEAL.

I GOT TO SEE MADI & JOSH!!!

I GOT TO SEE MADI & JOSH!!!

We already miss home and our families.

We have the advantage of coming into this already a family, but many on our team are leaving North America for the first time and traveling an entire day to end up half way around the world into the unknown CAN BE (I take that back..) IT IS a scary thing. We know our families miss us, but trust me it goes both ways.

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Well. That’s all for now. We got asked what our first impression of Moria was (because you only get one first Impression). I think the documentaries made me think the journey to camp was the hardest part for them, but I realized once they get to camp the frustration and shock levels for them are high, and they don’t expect to be sleeping in these conditions. Maybe I’ll ask the rest of the class what their impressions were, but i thought it was cleaner than what I expected now that the Greeks get hired to pick up some trash. In a matter of seconds during our tour many kids would hold our hands and call us “my friend” or joking call us thieves. It’s kinda very cute in its on way.


Oh, If you donated, spread awareness or prayed for anyone on our team THANK YOU. We seriously came at a very needed time.


One last thing. The other day thanks to jet lag, Sarah and I watched the sunrise. What is life? I watched beautiful colours above Turkey from the comfort of our boat/home ! 

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It had been a few days and lots has changed.

JUST ADDING PHOTOS TO THE NEXT POST SO ILL SEND THAT OUT ASAP SO YOU ARE ALL INTHE LOOP.


Lots of love,

Cece Rahoerason

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JAUNT GOODS & CLOTHING // S U M M E R MERCH

Summer is here and the adventures can begin! Today I'm sharing with you some of Jaunt's new collection & some tips on how you can photograph merchandise or apparel in a natural way.  

Trust me, their stuff is unbelievably soft & comfy. You can pair the tee's & tanks with athletic wear if you're going on a hike or camping or dress it up with some jeans and even a leather jacket for evening wear. 

#JAUNTON {check out their instagram, I get loads of ideas on where to go for photoshoots from them} 

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I would do a poor job on explaining the JAUNT_GC history, so here's a little snippet from their website. 

Companies are starting to stray away from the studio styled shoots and opting for more lifestyle visual content. Since social media presence is so important and your typical ads are usually very obvious I find it fun to try and make product shoots look as organic as possible. Here are a few easy tips to get you started if you're interested in collaborating or featuring products in your posts. 

use your friends 

Free models. Free new profile picture. Everyday people are sometimes the best models, the adventure you take to get some pictures becomes a lot more fun when you are with a group of people you love. 

When I was in LA , I knew maybe one person and I happened to find models through friends of friends and asking around. People are more than willing to step in for a couple of photos. 

 

  feature what you love

It's totally ok not to make income on your first couple of posts. Companies will often reach out simply because you tagged them in a high quality photo. Get your work out there and don't be afraid to support brands you love.

location is key! 

Choose a location that makes sense. I can't stress that enough. It's one thing to look for a creative spot, and another to just go to the same place everyone else goes in the exact same spot. Keep an eye out as you are doing life incase you see potential backdrops and sceneries you can take future pictures at. Think about the product, where it would naturally be used and get creative! 

Feed off their feed

Some brands have very specific themes and traits in what they look for in posts that could potentially be featured. If you get hired on for a collaboration or sponsored post, make sure to ask if you are unclear about anything. Take a look at the colour themes, angles, similarities in their post and branding for inspiration. 

models: SONJA M. & BRAD K

models: SONJA M. & BRAD K

Local adventures // Hawaii edition GIRLS WEEKEND

Hawaii Weekend lifestyle shoot

Grab some friends, a camera, and a car! Thats all it took to share and capture some beautiful memories on the Big Island. After checking out some Pinterest inspiration we chose a couple photogenic destinations to spend our weekend.

Pulled up at Old Airport Beach right in time for the sunset. What a peaceful place to slowly drive to shoot some sick car window shots. 

Pulled up at Old Airport Beach right in time for the sunset. What a peaceful place to slowly drive to shoot some sick car window shots. 

location: Waikoloa Hilton pool bridge

location: Waikoloa Hilton pool bridge

Waikoloa Resorts Big Island, HI

Waikoloa Resorts Big Island, HI

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Old Airport Beach // Big Island, Kona HI

Old Airport Beach // Big Island, Kona HI

little behind the scenes action of what it takes to get the perfect shot. Crawling in the props with your models happens. 

Locations: Waikoloa Hilton & Old Airport Beach

Models: Natalie Schwisow & Sarah Kim

Car rental: Enterprise Kona