Over the last decade, photography has become one of my greatest passions – especially travel photography. Few things are as exhilarating for me as exploring a new place with my Nikon in hand.
But honestly, I’ve never had a desire to shoot portraiture. It just always seemed so… well, boring. Yet it’s funny how God gently leads us into these unexpected ventures – at just the perfect time.
I’m currently at a point in life where everything is uncertain, and I have no idea where I’ll even be living 2 months from now. But in the midst of so much insecurity in my life, God has spun my passion into a part-time business. And consistently, weekend after weekend, I have multiple portrait sessions lined up. As challenging as a new business can be at times, it’s truly been one of the greatest blessings of my life.
Instead of having time to think about all the unknowns – my job, where I’ll live, and the future of my relationship – I’ve become fully engaged in how God’s moving in my photography. And it’s good. Real good.
Through photography, I’ve been forced to focus on that which makes life and relationships worth fighting for. I’ve gotten to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Even more so, I’ve discovered that portrait sessions are like a special and unique invitation to share in the lives of the people I’m photographing. And I’ve been blessed with intimate glimpses of the best parts of people’s lives, capturing the love stories of families and couples. Capturing moments of affection, laughter and pure joy — things that make life beautiful.
But best of all, through photography, God is continually expanding my awareness of His goodness. I am learning to stand firm in the truth that God is synonymous with good (James 1:17) – despite any challenges or unknowns that I may be facing. And while we may live in a broken world… there is beauty in and amidst the brokenness. And I can choose to either fixate on the brokenness or zoom in on the beauty. I can choose to see the world through the lens of my… good camera.
“whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” Philippians 4:8