I have to start off by saying, I feel so incredibly blessed to have been running my business FULL TIME for 2 YEARS as of today!! I never would have thought this is what I’d be doing with my life, but I am so thankful that the Lord has bigger and better plans than my own.
When I first decided that I wanted to someday run my business full-time, I had this dream of reaching a point where my business was successful enough for me to not fill my calendar completely with weddings, engagements and seniors so that I would have margin and time to use my skills for missions and non-profit organizations. I have had the opportunity to do this in a few different capacities over the last few years and am looking forward to more opportunities in the future. While I LOVE shooting weddings, seniors and engagements, I also have a passion for using this gift of photography in ways that make an impact in the lives of others, bring God glory and help share the mission and stories of people doing His work around the world.
[Enter The Archibald Project.]
The Archibald Project
“The Archibald Project is an orphan care advocacy organization that uses media to tell stories. These stories advocate for orphans, educate on orphan care, build community and inspire people to action. Because the Archibald Project exists, fewer children are called orphan.”
Telling these stories through photography and videography has the power to change lives and HAS changed lives. Through the work of T.AP., more people are hearing the stories about orphans, foster care, adoption, the orphan crisis around the world and how they can help. What I’ve learned from this organization is just how much of a need there is for EVERYONE to participate in caring for orphans, and that there are SO MANY ways to do that, adoption isn’t the only solution.
I first heard about The Archibald Project back in the spring when I met the founder, Whitney at a local networking luncheon. I started following along with T.A.P. on social media and a few months later learned about their Weddings that Change the World program. The Archibald Project tells stories, and wedding photographers tell stories. Their Weddings that Change the World program was created to partner with wedding photographers to help further their mission and goal to end the orphan care crisis.
HOW THIS CONNECTS WITH MY BUSINESS
The day I learned about this program, I immediately started reading up on all of T.A.P.’s blog posts and binge-listening to their podcast. After hearing and reading the stories of so many lives changed through this organization, I am so excited to share that starting with weddings in 2018, each wedding I shoot will contribute to their mission!! Orphan care, foster and adoption are causes that I have been wanting to support in some way for years, and I now have the opportunity to do so by contributing financially through my business to The Archibald Project. There are so many things I never would have expected to be able to do though owning my own business, and this one is among the top on the list. So here’s to reaching another goal with this little business of mine, the blessing of being able to impact others on this journey, and the excitement of what is ahead for Year 3!! ????
“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.” – James 1:27
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