For the past 10 days I have been in Guatemala City, Guatemala for the I am Art Workshop.  This was my second trip to Guatemala with Athentikos.  We had the amazing privilege of working with the kids of La Limonada, the largest slum in central america, on a mural just outside of their community. The mural was designed to tell the 10 basic rights of a child: name, nationality, protection, love, education, recreation, food, housing, medical attention and family. They are also learning  that God “has wonderfully made” each of us for a unique purpose! It is exciting to see how art can be used as a spiritual and therapy tool.

A year a half ago, we took 100 of the kids to Art Camp at the coast… you can read about that trip here: http://saradharper.net/?p=3443

We are hoping to do this again.. details coming soon on how you can help make that happen..

A view of La Limonada..

Prayer before starting to prepare the wall for the children to paint!
This little cutie showed up to help us the day before workshop!

The evening before the kids arrived.. outlined and ready for them to paint!
All of the kids and adults who worked on the mural added their handprint!
The finished product!!  Love it!  All of the children walk past it several times a day as they go to school.  So many families and adults stopped by as we were painting and said how much they loved it and hoped it brings change to their community!
My favorite part.. Made by the children of La Limonada!
We had a few other side workshops going on around the church and near by park.  Here they are painting a big plank sculpture that went in all of the schools with the rights on them.
A little water for a hot afternoon in Guatemala.
Sidewalk chalk..
Each day during an afternoon break, we visited a few families in La Limonada..
My friend Amelia visiting the boy her family sponsors through Limonade International.  To learn more about sponsorship.. visit their page.

A few shots from my iPhone..

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Sweet Adelaide was super excited about her photo session!  She was all smiles!

Look at those little teeth shining through!

She loves her dog Martha and Martha loves her!

Waiting for Daddy!

My studio partner Jess Kamm had her sweet beautiful baby girl 2 weeks ago!

You can see her maternity session here!

Welcome to the world sweet girl!  I can’t wait to watch you grow up!

Nola loves to give her new baby sister kisses!!

This precious hat is from etsy!

I’ve been wanting to photograph Quinn on this chair since Jess told me she was pregnant!  I love it!!

 This is sweet baby Cam.  I could take pictures of him all day every day.  Isn’t he the cutest!  I think 6 months may be my favorite age to photograph babies. Don’t get me wrong.. I love the newborns and when they begin taking those first steps… but at 6 months they are SO happy!!!  There may be way too many pictures in the post.. but that’s just fine with me, I just couldn’t not blog these!!  Enjoy!

How cute is his little 1/2 birthday hat!?!  ( from little blue olive )

Sweet baby Briggs slept so perfectly for his session!  His big brother was there to show me around and introduce me!
He was also a perfect little model and loved kissing his new baby!

I love it when I get to use “props” that are in your home and special to you!  I wanted to take this step stool home with me!  It’s perfect!!

In case you haven’t noticed, we got a little “facelift” around here.  I’ve added a few of my favorites from the last few months so be sure and check out the portfolio galleries above!

I drove up to Chattanooga recently for a session with sweet baby Paige and her family!  Their cute puppy even joined us for a few family shots!

Paige’s grandmother was in town so I grabbed a shot of her getting her to sleep!  The last shot is on a quilt that she made for Paige!  Love it!