What the heck are you really doing with your photography?

That's a question I ask myself almost daily as I navigate through life, trying to find some deeper "meaning". It's an elusive goal, for me anyway, and I am increasingly drawn to finding ways to make the world a little better via the gifts that I do have. I think I'm fairly skilled at photography and therefore it's a perfect tool for me to share. I've realized that I get frustrated by a feeling of helplessness when I allow myself to really ingest and attempt to comprehend all the NEED in this world. My only consolation is to remind myself that we can't single-handedly change the world, but we can contribute to change.

There are so many great organizations and charities out there committed to positive change in the world and they almost all need great photography to help them get the message out. I recently went to Cambodia, with World Relief, to help them gather media on some of the great, community based programs they have implemented there. We also covered a heavier subject - that of human trafficking. We heard some incredible stories - many difficult to comprehend, or even stomach. We also met some incredible people who have committed their lives to helping the young girls trapped in the world of trafficking and prostitution. 

We setup a reproduction of a scene using descriptions and testimony from victims. An actress was used for these images to protect the identity of the actual victim.We setup a reproduction of a scene using descriptions and testimony from victims. An actress was used for these images to protect the identity of the actual victim.

If you have a desire to see, hear, feel, and understand what Justice is really all about. If you have the slightest desire to contribute to the cause of promoting justice, then you might really benefit from attending the Justice Conference in Bend, OR on February 11 & 12. 

Since we are also in Bend, I am hosting a dinner gathering for creative professionals so we can all find more and better ways we can use our creative talents to better our lives and the lives of those around us. My good friend, Benjamin Edwards, and I will be sharing images and experiences from our past projects and will open the table to great, creative discussion. I hope you'll attend the Justice Conference, and our intimate gathering. Please watch the brief video e-vite below!