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For the Love. Smokey Mountains, Tennessee.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matt 11:28 I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived in the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee.  I knew only of the vision God had endowed Ginny Corbett and I with months earlier.  I had my ideas as […]

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  • February 17, 2010 - 11:53 am

    Allison Davis - Erik we can’t say than you enough for your willing heart, your hours of preparation, your energy and your obedience to God in being a part of FTL. We appreciate your candid spirit throughout the week and your encouragement for us to embrace the Lord’s design for our lives. Best wishes on your new home – I hope it’s a sweet place of rest for your family.

  • February 17, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    Lindsay - Hey Eric,
    I’m from Greenville, NC and I am a photographer that was coming up to model for the FTL workshop. My story is almost exact as far as the house goes. Long story short, we’ve been working on buying a home since October and after one failed attempt, we took the control out of our hands and 100% gave it to God. After a very, VERY long story that is too long to share, God showed Himself to us in VERY miraculous ways once the control was given to Him.
    I have an 11 year stepdaughter, 7 year old stepson, and 1 year old daughter. My husband and I are both self employed and we were in a rental that the owners wanted to sell. We were supposed to be out of this house 2 months ago. God kept us from losing the roof over our head and just today, we closed on my very first home…the one we originally were denied! God is SOOO good! Due to the bad weather, I wasn’t able to get up to the mountains. I wanted so badly to have that time of fellowship, worship and photography. A friend was supposed to come with me to model. I found out as we were debating on whether or not to try the drive, that she is pregnant with her 3rd child, and they were going to announce it at their son’s first birthday party which was that Thursday. We wouldn’t have made it home in time if we had gone! God is amazing and is constantly at work. Even though, I didn’t get a chance to go to the FTL workshop, God showed me He is still there with me, no matter where I am!
    Sorry this was so long…but thank you for sharing your experience!

  • February 17, 2010 - 12:17 pm

    Teddy - Thanks for sharing your personal side. Glad to hear that God made ways for you in the mist of setbacks. Maybe one day I will be able to attend a class you are teaching.

  • February 17, 2010 - 1:01 pm

    Kimberly Chau - God definitely worked amazing wonders up on that mountain and continued to in our lives below. It was very encouraging to hear everyone’s testimony and yours for how you came to pick wedding photography. The Lord spoke to each of us in His own way and revealed truths and new direction. Thank you for being open to sharing your story and being so willing to teach us everything you know. =)

  • February 17, 2010 - 1:24 pm

    Kat Braman - thank you for sharing! what a beautiful place to get closer to God and connect around photography. I really hope to make it to the next one.

  • February 17, 2010 - 2:05 pm

    Ginny Corbett - incredible.

  • February 17, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    Judy - Wow! this made my day.

  • February 17, 2010 - 2:19 pm

    krista - wow. just wow. i really wish that i had taken the opportunity to attend this! God has been working so much in me with my business, and i think i’ve only really started to realize it the last month or so. it’s amazing to hear about others’ experiences.

  • February 17, 2010 - 2:58 pm

    Kelly Hornberger - LOVE it Eric…you are awesome…I am so thankful to have crossed paths with you! Thanks for your transparency and being willing to give up some of your “secrets” to help your brothers and sisters around you.

  • February 17, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    Ryan Ray - God is good!

  • February 17, 2010 - 3:39 pm

    alison holcomb - dude. wow…

    thanks for sharing your experience with us. i just want to tell you that i learned SO much from you- thanks for sharing your testimony and all the photography awesomeness with each of us. your passionate spirit made me so willing to learn from you and you grabbed my attention the whole time. you are a truly talented teacher. i have so much more to learn- and so much to work on, but you totally inspired me to find my vu ja dae. my style is totally going to evolve into a style that I am passionate about. thanks for EVERYTHING!

    so glad yall got into the house!! :)

  • February 17, 2010 - 4:54 pm

    Becka @ Studio222 - Sounds like an amazing experience. And seriously, I’m not sure there is anyone who photographs women more beautifully.

  • February 17, 2010 - 6:49 pm

    Chelsea - Awesome. Thank you so much for your openness, I can’t tell you how much I learned from you in TN. I find a lot of my stories start with, “And that one time Erik was telling me…” then fill in the blank with an awesome tip or word from God. You have a gift, I am so grateful that you shared part of it with us.

  • February 17, 2010 - 7:00 pm

    Sharon Chin - Erik, Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us many important lessons! I really enjoyed hearing you speak and seeing the wonderful things God has done/is doing in your life. Your devotion to teaching the workshop had such an awesome impact on me. And even though you talk a lot, I NEVER got tired of it! ;) Love your photos, your insight, and your passion for God & marriage.

  • February 17, 2010 - 7:15 pm

    Clary - You have such passion! It shows with everything you do…thanks for sharing your skills!!

  • February 18, 2010 - 1:13 am

    Glendon... P Tang - aw man… you’re gonna make me cry… *ahem* gotta man up! haha kidding…. but shoot.. you recapped that first night, and through all the times I’ve shared about that past week… that first night is always part of it. The Lord is good, and He pours out so much more than we ever ask or imagine. I have no idea if the next time I see you will be when you’re shooting my wedding or what not, but I do hope it’ll be sooner than that. Peace bro!

    G

  • February 18, 2010 - 1:28 am

    Megan - WOW…Love your side of the story that has brought all of us together! You totally express amazingness when you say “There was an authentic spirit here. An honesty and sincerity that permeated the entire mountain.” SOO TRUE! LOVE IT! God ROCKS the Face off FTL! Praise HIM! P.S Thank you for listening to His calling and teaching us soo much!

  • February 18, 2010 - 4:04 am

    romin - thanks for being so real. i’ve got quite a story to share with you if we’re able to chat at any point at wppi. looks like i’ll be bunking with gary at the mgm, thanks for helping set it up.

  • February 18, 2010 - 7:20 am

    Leslie Harris - I posted my awesome comment on the wrong post;) sorry!

  • February 18, 2010 - 9:05 am

    Ginny Corbett - P-TANG!! I’m stoked that you stuck with it!

  • February 18, 2010 - 9:20 am

    Lauren Clark - It was great reading this! I need to be reminded daily to TRUST in the Lord and not in man, or myself! It was an awesome week!

  • February 18, 2010 - 9:54 am

    Michael - Awesome post!

  • February 18, 2010 - 12:28 pm

    Jenny Beck - your photos captured the amazing time we all shared together!

  • February 18, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Chris Luk - Dude! It was so great to finally meet you, fellowship with you, pray with you, pray for you, learn from you, be spurred on by you, see God in you, see God overflow out of you, and see God’s grace overflow onto you, and so much more!

    Those late-night sessions were super tiring, but I wouldn’t have had those late-night sessions any other way than the way that they happened!

    P Tang and I are still yelling “COME ON! Ha-ha!” every so often ;)
    It brings us so much joy :D

  • February 18, 2010 - 7:44 pm

    Dennis Bullock - Looks like an amazing time!

  • February 19, 2010 - 9:59 am

    Caroline Ghetes - Erik, reading this brought tears to my eyes. Not to sound corny or anything. But it also brings a smile to my face because I know firsthand that it is how God works. Sometimes there is a chain of “unlucky” events that happen and God wants to see how much faith we keep through it all. And in the end He always come through. In HIS own way. And that makes me smile.

  • February 19, 2010 - 10:46 am

    Andrea - That photo collage of Rebekah made me laugh out loud! :) Thank you for being an awesome teacher. We really appreciate the sacrifice you made being away from your family to teach us. Congratulations on the house!

  • February 19, 2010 - 10:04 pm

    katherine - Hello – I came across your website/blog after aimlessly wandering around the abyss known as “The Internet” and Im hooked! Ive had the photo-bugg in me for awhile and Im always keeping my eyes open for “good” stuff. (And believe me there’s a lot of “stuff” out there!) However ALL of your images are like eye candy and completely stunning! Just wanted to share, may God continue to bless you and your family! And keep more coming!

  • February 19, 2010 - 10:53 pm

    Emily Wilson - sounds amazing! thanks for sharing and being so candid about your faith!

  • February 21, 2010 - 12:49 am

    Chris Luk - Before I forget — happy 2 days before your birthday day!
    Hopefully the “big move” will be all completed by then so you can enjoy the day with your family :)

  • February 21, 2010 - 5:55 pm

    helen - Hey Erik! it’s Helen (p-tang’s girlfriend!). I’ve only heard amazing things from the trip and I think it’s taken him a full week to briefly recap his experience at ftl! Thanks for being such an encouragement to glendon and for playing a significant role in his journey. we’re excited to see what God has in store! Blessings to you and your family :) hope to see you sometime soon!

  • February 24, 2010 - 5:33 am

    aneta garbowska - it’s funny… today’s morning I decided to make a little run throught the photografers site’s, coz I’m about to do new one and I need a little inspiration. And what is amaizing, I founded not only graet artists with their great images, that I love to look on, but additionaly i found a true belivers, people who desires for Jesus first and than anything else. I’m encouraged. God bless you in the midst of all you are handling with… greetings from Poland.

  • February 25, 2010 - 5:28 pm

    Stephanie J. - Hello Eric!! I just have to say that I was truly blessed by your blogs. After attending a Dream Series session at my church last night and then reading this post and the one following, I could have ran around the block (if it weren’t for the weather conditions at the moment at least).

    I’m an amateur photographer with hopes of becoming a true professional one day. Seeing folks who are walking in their gift is encouraging. God has blessed you with a talent to reach people in a unique way. I will definitely share this with the folks in my photography ministry at church.

    Thanks for being a blessing and may God continue to shine through you and your work. God bless!

  • February 26, 2010 - 10:04 am

    For The Love – A Christian Photographer’s retreat « Glendon Tang Photography - [...] a hot tub outside on the balcony and tv’s in every room. I’ll borrow a paragraph from Erik’s blog-entry about the week (which I’d encourage you to read as well), because I couldn’t have put [...]

  • March 2, 2010 - 11:44 am

    jeret - Great word man. The Lord is faithful I am reminded of that everyday. Thanks for sharing that. Very cool

  • March 2, 2010 - 4:07 pm

    Natascha - I enjoyed reading your post. The pictures are very good and inspirational. I like your style. Hav a great day.

  • March 4, 2010 - 7:36 am

    shipra - Oh man, it’s sounds like an amazing time. Inspiring on every level. It must have been so enriching to spend time with other people who share in your passions, photography and God.