Since the time that I started doing photography as my full time job, I've had a little spot in the back of my brain going a million miles an hour trying to think of a way to use photography to bless people. I've thought of seeking out some ministries that serve people who are in need and just asking if they had any photography needs but the thing I really wanted to do was teach a photography class to homeless/needy teenagers. I love hanging out with teenagers...they just bring me to life...and I think there is something wonderful about the art of photography that has the ability to bring ANYONE to life. I quickly determined that though this sounded like an incredible idea there would be no way for me personally to fund the project...mostly because you need cameras to teach photography :) But for some reason this became one of those thoughts that just wouldn't leave my brain so one morning a few weeks ago I started looking around on the great world wide web in an attempt to see if anyone had ever done this kind of thing...and how. It wasn't long before one blog lead to the next and I ended up on the website of a non-profit organization that happens to be in Charlotte and teaches photography classes to homeless teenagers! What?! Only from God. I contacted Silent Images and in all of their wonderfulness they were happy to have another volunteer photographer! Since then I've learned that Silent Images does a lot more than teach photography classes to needy kids. They travel all over the world trying to give a voice to the voiceless through pictures. David Johnson started the ministry with a mission to be an organization that seeks to tell the stories of hope in the midst of persecution, poverty, or oppression through journalistic photography, videography, and writing. And that is exactly what they do all over the world...in an effort to fight against human trafficking, aid in natural disasters, bring clean water to those who don't have it. S.I. also serves locally by gathering photographer's to shoot at events for non-profit organizations. I had the opportunity to join the team for Charlotte's Pregnancy Resource Center's Walk for Life a few weekends ago. The event was celebrating mothers who chose life and I got to meet some of the wonderful little lives that happened because of that choice. It was an honor to photograph them.
I feel so blessed to have found a ministry like this to be involved in...I have a feeling you might see a lot more posts like this in the future!