One other way I have found my voice as a Christian portrait photographer is through my involvement in Vacation Bible School. For many years I've volunteered to capture photos and video and then put together artful presentations summing up the fun week of Christian fellowship and outreach. As a kid, VBS was always for me a highlight and a total joy. That has not changed — getting to produce videos for VBS is my joy every year! It's the culmination of what I consider to be God's purpose for me. We lived in Connecticut for seven years and now in Minnesota for five, so some of the samples will be from Messiah Lutheran Church in South Windsor Connecticut and some are from Peace Lutheran Church in North Mankato, MN.
For this next VBS post, we added a custom background, and each of the kids created a box within the painting. It was a collaborative effort and was a really great way to have the kids involved in a the video.
When asked to write this article, I was concerned about one thing. Does my work really share God's light in a way that changes lives ... only God can know ... I guess I just wish I would have actual examples of this happening.
What it does do is this: moves people to tears, highlights God's beautiful creation in humanity and relationships, and places emphasis on his grace and love through friendship and family. I believe this photography journey is God's plan for me, to share his message and love through mvcomposingportraits.com as well as Vacation Bible School. It's been an honor and absolute blessing to have been given this gift.
THESE ARE VERSES that speak to me when I may feel timid about sharing my faith through my business.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
So I will spit you out of my mouth, because you are only warm and not hot or cold.
1 Timothy 4:12
Do not let anyone despise you because you are a young man. Show those who believe how they should live. Show them by the way you talk. Show them by the way you live. Show them by the way you love. Show them how to believe by the way you believe. Show them how to live a clean life by the way you live a clean life.
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