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Everyone’s favorite, right?  I understand!   Spotting a family of warthogs and giraffes on the daily was an adventure since every time we needed to go somewhere, it was a 40-minute ride to town.  This was NOT an African Trek through Disney’s animal kingdom.  It was as real and as authentic as you can get!

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you think you have a termite problem?

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we visited the big cats at a local farm….

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and our final cultural stop at MPATAMACHA (say that three times fast!) where it was allllllll about the baby tigers [sigh]

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I had the very rare and exciting opportunity to go on missions to South Africa last month with my daughter.  I guess you could say it all started many years ago.  While my husband was on medical missions to Gabon, Africa, in 2010, my dear friend Jessica told me, “Noelle….I had a dream last night, and in that dream you went to Africa to photograph children in an orphanage.”  I laughed.  ”That’s a good one, because I’d never go there!”  Deep down within me was a lot of fear of the unknown.  I was perfectly content within the “safe” surroundings of NJ.  I had a good, comfortable little bubble going on.  I guess that dream planted a seed in my heart and took root because in January I found myself filling out an application to fly to Johannesburg…with a belligerent daughter begging to go.

 

Our mission?  To run a day camp for the local kids and share God’s love with them.   Weeks before the trip we were told by our group leader that we were going to be visiting…wait for it…an orphanage while we were there.  Really??  I guess my friend was a prophet. Once we arrived at the The Fold, I felt strongly that I was called there to photograph these children.  I had to.  To what capacity, I do not know…but I knew I had to photograph them…..not to capture their destitute but capture their beauty with dignity.  I’m not sure any had ever had their portrait taken but they loved inspecting the back of my camera.  The postal system in south Africa has been on strike for 4 months….but I will be sure these children each get a copy that they can hold in their hands.

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I love it.  I subscribe to Vogue and Vanity Fair and generally salivate on a monthly basis as I pour over the pages of Annie Leibovitz & Mario Testino’s latest work.  So naturally I was quite pleased to put together the picture portfolio for Edgetailoring.com website!!!  Marcus Gilmore and asked me to shoot him in downtown Philadelphia to showcase the first collection of shirts and suits for Edge!

 Edgetailoring is the Cutting Edge of Professional Attire!

 

 

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