Empowering individuals and telling stories of hope and perseverance by listening to unfiltered narratives and documenting both the trials and the triumphs.
When I was 13 years old my parents started looking at practical ways that our family could live out James 1:27, which says, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” Through the work of the Lord, my family got involved in orphan ministry both here in the U.S. and overseas. As a result, my parents have adopted 7 children over the past 12 years, and my mom has formed her own non-profit organization, Grace to Ukraine, which ministers to orphans in Ukraine.
Throughout those 12 years, God has done a work in my heart, too. God has continually shown me His heart for the poor, the needy, the refugee, the addict, the fatherless, the widow, the homeless, and those experiencing injustice. And as a Christ follower, my heart should be turned towards those people, too.
When it came time to go to college, I decided to major in Social Entrepreneurship and then pursue a Master’s in Social Work. During my schooling, one word kept being repeated over and over: empowerment. Empowering individuals to act and to make a difference, and giving them the opportunity to flourish from within themselves and within their own community.
Because of my family, my educational background, and the things I have experienced both at home and abroad, I have a massive desire to serve organizations and help tell their story. I am constantly brainstorming ways that I can intertwine photography and social work, and humanitarian photography is where I have landed.
For me there is no higher honor than being entrusted with the details of another person’s life, and given the opportunity to tell that story through a medium that I love: photography.