Photo Session with Jeff Haffner

Jeff Haffner is a boss at his trade! I needed headshots, and he came very highly recommended. Let me tell you, there is a reason for that!

Jeff is a true master, able to easily and effectively communicate exactly what he needs in order to get the shot he wants.

Laid back, professional, with very reasonable rates: Jeff is the guy to go to for anyone seeking quality prints, be that for acting, modeling, or general purpose.

Don’t delay! Call Jeff today.



Throwback Thursday: “Take Your Picture” (Full Score)

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Hey friends,

Before “Into the Word” crossed any mind save that of God, “Take Your Picture” (dedicated to photographer, Robert Alvarado) was born. This is an early version of that reggae tune. What makes me especially giddy about this version is that it was my first go at composing a full score (special thanks to MuseScore for helping make that happen!).

So, please enjoy the raw, joyful cheese that is “Take Your Picture (MIDI)” and feel free to follow along on the score provided above!

Love you,

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Super Selfie Series: Aaron D. Ybarra

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Today, we continue the Gimp Super-Selfie Series with a little self-portait. (See also: Katie Ybarra & Alyse Pierce)

This is me. Aaron D. Ybarra. Enjoy!

Once again, I encourage you to pick up your phone, download the freeware program, and create your own Super Selfie. It’s a ton of fun. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Note: If you dig the look and are in the Asheville NC area, hit me up on the site. I’d love to meet you and work on a project together.

Blessings to you in Christ,


Vulnerability: The 1st Step to Becoming Stronger


Summary: That moment you’re happy with yourself and the one you love….

Photographer Neringa Rekasiute recently put out an a photo series entitled, “We.Women:”

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The series takes a group of women of all different ages and body types and sets them in front of a mirror, giving themselves and their audience an uncompromising, 360-degree view of their subject.

Black and white. One prop. No tricks.

I have to give props to these women. They’re willing to put it all on the line, call spade to spade, and become utterly transparent for the world to see.

I don’t know if you’ve given yourself the same treatment, but it’s a bit unnerving and a bit freeing at the same time. I mean, originally I was going to take a shirtless pic of myself for the Physiques blog, and then I was, like… “nobody needs to see that.”

And that’s exactly my point! Only until we reach the point of being utterly vulnerable can we truly be utterly free. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. When we strip away the safeguards we work so hard to put up, we can finally get to the meat and potatoes of relationship and intimacy.

That said, I do not want this to come across as an anti-Photoshop PSA, either. I think image editing has its place. Ask any boudoir photographer, and you will quickly find out how transformative an experience good lighting and a quick airbrush can be. Even still, like clothing, makeup, cars, money, or any other trappings we humans choose to decorate ourselves with, these images can only amplify what is going on inside.

I love dressing up, putting on a nice suit and hitting the town; but when I am feeling like dirt, it doesn’t matter what I’m wearing, I won’t be very much fun.

So, love yourself, love others, and get out there and kick some major butt!

We’re on this journey together, guys!

Blessings to you in Christ,