Oh my goodness gracious, look at this beautiful little girl. Check out those rolls–if only they were as cute on us grown up folk. ::sigh::
I’m a giver. I love to give. But I also love to be able to pay my bills and buy gas to get where I need to go. My husband and I are provided for, but don’t have excess. Many months, we scrape by. As frustrating as that may be, it’s also a blessing. God provides for us exactly what we need. For that, I am thankful.
But being in this situation makes me feel like I have nothing left to give. I want to help, I want to do something that matters. But it seems like all of that requires money. I wish I could win the lottery, then open up an orphanage. I really do. But I’d be silly to sit back and wait for something of that nature to happen before deciding to give. The question is; what do I have to give?
I truly believe we are all blessed in our own way. If every single one of was financially blessed, who would be there to give of their time? Who would be there to give of their talents? We’d be left with a bank account filled with money, but no one to do the work.
So again I ask, what do I have to give? I can’t save lives like a doctor. I can’t go to foreign countries and bring the Word of God to the people. But I do believe that God has blessed me with a talent. I have the ability to photograph people in a way that shows who they are, not just how they look. It’s not much, but it’s something. Even now, writing this, I feel a bit silly. A blog dedicated to giving, and all I have is photography. But I was struck with something just this morning. I want to do something for the Lord, be a witness to those around me, so why can’t I use my God given talent to do just that? I think this was a question God put in my heart, just so I could come to this conclusion and write this blog post.
If you are a family in need–perhaps you have a member of your family who is suffering from a terminal illness, or you’ve lost your job. Maybe you have just had a rough go of things and you just can’t seem to get ahead. Whatever your story may be, send it to me and I will select 1 family to photograph free of charge, plus provide them with professional prints up to $150 value. I’m calling it an Agape Session.
Please keep in mind that this is not a competition. It is not something I will publicize and ask for “votes” on who deserves to be a recipient. I’m not doing this as a ploy to gain more customers, or get more “likes” on facebook. I’m doing this because I want to give, to show a small part of God’s love to a family in need. The selection process will be private and prayerful.
There is no defined timeline, as I hope to continue this ministry as I am able. I will say a prayer and send a note of encouragement to each and every entry I receive. This does not mean you have or have not been selected for an Agape Session. Those selected will be notified, and the remainder of the entries will continue to be prayerfully considered each time I am able to do one of these shoots.
Please fill out the form below to enter yourself or someone you know for an Agape Session.
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I don’t want the world to know my story, but I want to enter.
You (or the person you nominated) are the rightful owner of your story, and the stories of the recipients of an Agape Session will only be shared along with their photos if permission is given to me to do so.
I don’t know if my story is “worthy” of this entry. I don’t want to look silly by entering it.
Enter anyway. I am not here to judge, and not here to weigh the “worthiness” of your situation. I’m just praying for God’s leading as I decide. Sometimes, it’s not actual physical or situational circumstances that are most strenuous, but the mental tolls that only you and God can understand.
What’s in it for you?
Blessings! And the joy I receive from helping someone in need is blessing enough. Matthew 6:3-4 – But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
I’ve been a bad blogger. I haven’t blogged regularly in so long. I haven’t been keeping up. I…I… ::sigh::
I’m going to try to be better. I really am. It seems that when I get busy, the one thing I let go is my blog. Well, that, and my house. And based on how long it’s been since I’ve blogged regularly…no visitors, please. At least not drop by. Give me at least a 30 minute warning so I can stuff everything into closets and unused cabinets. Come on, we all do it from time to time.
If you are (or were, until you realized I wasn’t updating often enough to keep your interest) a regular visitor to my blog, be sure to check out my facebook page also. I’m all the time posting random pictures here and there. www.facebook.com/RMPhotography
And I’ll do better. I will. I’ll post more. Just not today. I have too much going on today…maybe tomorrow.
I had a really great time photographing this great couple!
Up until the point where we moved to the barn location and the owners drove up and yelled at us and accused us of stealing…we must have looked real shady!The real story is I’d tried several times to get permission to use the barn, but no one was ever home. And because the barn sits right off the road, isn’t fenced in, and didn’t have any “no tresspassing” signs, I thought for sure we’d be okay as long as we stayed on the road side of the barn. I respect people’s property, and definitely don’t want to upset anyone. But oooh no, was I ever wrong. We were “shooed” away with an actual “scat! Getouttahere!” Luckily, Tiffany and Justie weren’t phased by it. I, of course, was mortified.
I guess things are a little different up here in the big city. Where I come from in Western Oklahoma, the land owners are so friendly and accommodating! I’ve had them not only give me permission, but take me around and show me other cool areas to use.
Lesson learned. Thanks to Tiffany and Justie for being so understanding!
Side note: If anyone has a great barn location in the OKC area that they’d be willing to let me use for future shoots, let me know!
I had the privilege of going to Paso Robles, CA to shoot Jodi and Tim’s wedding at the Calcareous Vineyard last Saturday. This was an absolutely amazing location! I had to edit just a few photos to share with the world right away! Keep an eye out for another post with a more extensive preview.