M Y S T O R Y
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My fees now start at $10,000 for wedding coverage and feel I can provide my clients with imagery that is of the highest quality at any level. It amazes me how God brought me to this profession that fits my skill set like a glove. I feel that I was meant to be a photographer and educator but God had to show this to me through a series of unforeseen events. Financially, the Lord has provided for my family and we have not seen our household income drop one penny even though Stacey decided to quit her job. Even if I do earn less, I still have faith that the Lord will provide. In fact through God's mercy we adopted our second child in 2006. Am I a financially rich man? Not really but I do feel blessed beyond belief. Sometimes the Lord breaks us down over a course of several years just so He can rebuild you and bless you with a life beyond your comprehension.
I was featured in the March 2006 issue of the nationally distributed magazine Studio Photography. A magazine that highlights the work of some of the nations leading photographers and only 12 wedding photographers a year. It is such an honor and a testament to the Lord's awesome power working in my life that I would be chosen out of the thousands of photographers in the country. I still hunger to learn more about my craft as I begin to scratch the surface of what I can do with photography. I hope my work can be a source of encouragement to others.
Becoming a Father and a Family of Three
When the social worker placed our daughter Chloe into Stacey's arms in March 31, 2002, God began to dissolve the horrific pain of disappointment that had plagued our lives for the last decade. Stacey's dream of becoming a mother came true and the literal nightmares of not being able to provide for my family started to disappear as I embarked on a new and promising career that I never would have thought of if I didn't decide to take that leap of faith in believing what God intended me to be. I have an incredible wife that has stuck with me and has been an encouragement in my life for over 20 years and a daughter (now two) that is such a delight and joy- living proof of God's faithfulness in our lives.
Life is still not an easy road for myself or my family but trusting in a sovereign God makes life such a blessing and a privilege. We take joy in trying to serve Him through our lives everyday and buckle our seatbelts, not knowing where God will lead us. The more I trust Him, the more alive I feel.
This one photo means so much to me because at this one moment, it seemed like the Lord erased a decade of sorrow, grief and struggle. It represents the start of our new life as a family and it marks the start of my new life as a photographer. View Chloe's Story and our Journey to China CLICK HERE
I would like to end this story with a couple verses of encouragement:
Your loving-kindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgments are like a great deep. O LORD, You preserve man and beast. How precious is Your loving-kindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.
Becoming a Professional Photographer
In 2000, I had 6 friends getting married. I went to those weddings with the best camera equipment I could afford, some of it was film based and some digital.I wasn't the paid photographer but went around as if I was, taking photos which would eventually serve as my portfolio for subsequent bookings. At the end of 2000, I felt I was ready to take on a wedding as a paid photographer. I mentioned this to a friend who immediately referred me to a friend that was getting married in 3 months.
This brave couple decided to take a chance on me and hired me for $1,100. I couldn't believe it, getting paid to take pictures, I was euphoric and terrified at the same time. I enlisted the help of two other close friends who also loved photography to assist me just for backup. We were all using the Olympus E10 digital SLR camera at the time. I remember using every bit of memory we had, which was very expensive at the time and at one point I was using a32mb and 16mb memory cards while transferring my other 256mb cards to a laptop. Pretty hilarious considering I now use 8gb cards. We did end up taking some pretty darn good photos.
Well, as the wedding business goes, one friend tells another friend and my business had begun. It got to the point where I could not handle two full time jobs at the same time and my partners in my previous business graciously let me leave as a silent partner. There are no ill feelings between parties and we are still very close friends today.
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