I recently photographed Pastor Dr. Bobby Manning and his wife, First Lady LaVera Manning of the First Baptist Church of District Heights, located at 7234 Lansdale Street in District Heights, Maryland. I first met Bobby and LaVera years ago at my own church in Glenarden, Maryland, and remember when the young pastor began leading at FBCDH.
Before our shoot, I asked Dr. Manning about his ministry and marketing goals. “As as church, our primary marketing goal is to continue to expose the surrounding community to the ministries of our church,” he said. “We will expand the scope of our communications to a larger group of people, both online and surrounding our physical location.”
FBCDH’s mission is to “Connect With Communities to Cultivate STRONG Christians.” The Mannings contacted me to take new professional portraits of them to use to creatively go beyond the walls of the church to be a blessing in the community around them, and help people to grow stronger spiritually. They’ve hosted laundromat takeovers, food giveaways, children’s fairs, and other events that help meet the needs of the community in practical ways. I was delighted to photograph inside the church itself and further their mission.
Photographing these two was so fun! LaVera had her own makeup artist, Vanessa, who did a fantastic job! What made this shoot really special were their joyful attitudes and quite honestly, the love they showed for each other. It’s infectious! The First Baptist Church of District Heights has existed for 64 years and with young, energetic leaders like these two, I’d check them out! To learn more, visit their website at http://www.fbcdh.org/.
Until next time,