Portraits in Hope

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Mark and Marilyn Schulz have been married for 40 years and for more than half that time they’ve served behind the scenes in Young Life. This summer “behind the scenes” meant behind a camera, taking pictures of 86 teen moms and their babies. 

The Tustin, California, couple has served in several capacities: area and regional committee members, adult guests/hosts at camp, and babysitters for their area director’s children for 14 years’ worth of club nights! Today they run face-to-face photo ministry, which delivers high-quality pictures for ministries. Their gifts for photography fed their desire to encourage YoungLives moms in a special way. 

“I’ve had this dream of photographing teen moms as soon as I heard about YoungLives, and learned camp was the perfect opportunity to do it,” Mark said. 

The shoot lasted all week, (there were more than 25,000 image views in just three days!) and the couple couldn’t think of a better way to spend their time at Lost Canyon, Young Life’s camp in Arizona. “It gives you a feeling like you’re accomplishing God’s work in the lives of these moms. They will rarely be in a position to go and have somebody sit with them for a while and offer professional portraits. 

The couple gave out about 600 prints to the overjoyed moms. “So many of the moms were grateful and found us on the last day of camp to thank us,” Marilyn said. “A lot of the pictures ended up on their Facebook and social media sites so that was a little bit of proof they were thrilled with having those pictures with their babies.”​