"FOR A PROFESSION, I GET TO PHOTOGRAPH UNIQUE AND INTERESTING PEOPLE UTILIZING LIGHT, EMOTION, FASHION, BEAUTY, AND DRAMA TO WEAVE A STORY THAT I SEE IN FRONT OF MY LENS. WHAT A CRAZY COOL PRIVILEGE THAT IS. "
torytelling. If you asked me what lights me up as a photographer and artist, storytelling is what I would tell you lights me up. Taking light, emotion, fashion, beauty, and drama to weave a story that I see in front of my lens. There are two reasons that I think that I love storytelling through my lens so much: 1. Because of the knowledge and freedom that comes in being part of His story. 2. Simply because it’s how He’s uniquely designed and created me to be. My own personal Jesus story doesn’t have the grit and battle scars like many I’ve met on my journey through life. For the longest time I was almost ashamed that my story was “vanilla” or “boring”. But over the years God has allowed me to see the beauty and strength in owning the story He has given me. And instead of making me content in my “vanilla-boring” story, He has allowed me to have the confidence to live out and see the responsibility to daily lay down my story to be a part of His. The phrase “blessed to be a blessing.” will forever be something I strive to live out. Let me explain… I totally believe that when you say you’re a Christian…or a follower of Christ, you’re saying “not my will but Yours be done.” I am no longer laying claim to my single story on my own, but rather giving my small story to be woven into a much larger story…His story. I’m giving all my hopes, dreams, wants, desires, baggage to Him to be used to give Him glory. Visually, I relate that act of sanctification in my life to the sinful woman who wept at Jesus’ feet in Luke. While I may not have the same record sheet of sin that that woman had, instead I carry my false pride, my judgmental heart, my need to pretend to
something I'm not, my deceit, my hardness of heart and lay them down at His feet and weep. There is no question that He is holy and I am not. And what’s unbelievable, is that He has given me His son, His heritage, His story to claim as my own in spite of the ugliness that resides within me. I know I have been forgiven much. That is the single most humbling, life-altering thing I can lay claim to in my life. I am forgiven much, and am now called to love much. That knowledge has permeated and woven itself into every single part of my life throughout my journey. Especially creatively. My life’s verses are found in Galatians: “make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. don’t be impressed with yourself. don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all…” Creatively, I love storytelling through portraiture. My dad once told me that: “there is at least one good and interesting thing in everyone you meet…find it.” I believe that. For a profession, I get to photograph unique and interesting people utilizing light, emotion, fashion, beauty, and drama to weave a story that I see in front of my lens. What a crazy cool privilege that is.