I feel like I’m in a season of searching. It’s exciting and yet scary as all hell at the same time.
I’m beginning to search my soul for answers to the age old question we all ask ourself at some point in our lives, “What’s next?”
As some of you might know, I’m a photographer. When I first made the life changing decision, it literally was life changing, to become a Professional Photographer, I committed to always using it for something greater than myself. In the beginning stages it was about money, so I naturally thought to commit so much money to using to make a positive impact in the lives of others – directly or indirectly. The deeper I got into the business I realized I could actually use my talent behind the lens to raise awareness, help non-profit organizations tell their stories to the world and I had the ability to use photography to connect people to those NPO’s in a way that caused them to act, move, plug in.
This revelation changed the way I did photography. I immediately decided to keep Edit Nouveau (business side – weddings, engagements, portraiture) separate from the work I would do with NPO’s. So I began brainstorming on what to call this humanitarian effort.
For me the name was crucial. It would give people the immediate feel of what I was doing.
ADVOCATE LENS was the victor. I decided for the beauty of typography to design it as +VOCATE LENS, in which the + would take place of the ‘AD’. If you haven’t thought about it yet, “+” is the addition symbol… get it?
Anywho, embarking on this journey has changed me. My time in India, however, has revolutionized the way I do everything. Being in India and allowing myself to fall in love with the people, the culture, and all that goes with being in India has done something dramatic to my spirit. I came back from my first trip from India and I knew I not only needed to be a photographer, but a storyteller. I didn’t want to only tell the stories with my photographs but also with the written word. A big part of this may have been due to the fact that I wrote about 30 pages in my journal the first 5 days we were in India. You could assume I had a few things on my mind. Journal Entry
God was steady working.
Stepping back on American soil has never quite been the same. I was now a changed man. And it wasn’t a temporary change, or a temporary commitment disguised as a spiritual high. The fire burning in the depths of my being was a Divine fire like I’ve never felt. From this point until now, I’ve struggled with more spiritually than I even cared to (and I tend to like pain or discomfort so this was weird. ha). It’s been about a year and a half since that first trip to India and I now find myself with a Divine pull in my spirit.
I feel God pulling me to keep shooting photography (both sides), but the “big pull” is in a direction I wasn’t expecting – to work in the NPO world. For the last week there has been a discontent in my soul. I know what it is. I know where to move… sort of.
So, as of this moment I’m job hunting hardcore. I’m looking for work with any NPO that is doing something miraculous in our world. It can be local or global; it doesn’t matter. I simply want to be part of leading people to serve others.
It’s so crazy because I’ve always been the guy to say, “I’ll volunteer and help out.” I’ve never really had a huge interest in being paid by an organization and leading others.
This is a new chapter in my journey and I need help.
I need help finding a NPO to work for. I need help connecting with men and women who are actively doing this now. I need help from you.
Can you help me get connect?
Today, may your passions for the disconnected rise in your spirit.
May your heart burst with LOVE FOR THE UNLOVED.
May the fire burning deep within your soul not smolder.
There is hope for tomorrow and it starts with you today.
Grace and Peace