A New Adventure: Photojournalist for Children's Relief

Hey friends!

Did you know the Gospel writer Luke was essentially a journalist? It blew my mind when I learned this. Luke wrote both the Gospel of Luke and the book of the Acts of the Apostles by shadowing the disciples, documenting their work, and interviewing them to get their eyewitness accounts of the life of Christ. His journalistic efforts and accounts in his Gospel and in Acts have changed countless lives over the centuries. I know they have certainly changed mine. But not only that they have inspired me on my journey as a journalist and storyteller.

I want to tell you about this journey and how God burdened me to do something similar to Luke – to be an agent for change by documenting the work of God around the world.

Let me step back a few years. By the end of college, I knew without a doubt that the Lord called me to pursue photojournalism for missions. With this conviction, I enrolled at Dallas Theological Seminary in the Media Arts and Worship program. While I worked on my Masters, I sharpened my skills as a visual storyteller and developed a strong biblical and theological foundation.

A few months after graduation, I met Children’s Relief International, through a good friend who interned with them. I immediately fell in love with their vision, to take the light of Christ to the poor of our time. Their determination to accomplish this invigorated me, as well as their strong conviction that the poor deserve to have their stories told with excellence and with dignity. Our hearts for the Gospel and for the poor were aligned perfectly.

After a few weeks of prayer and consulting friends and mentors, I picked up the phone and made the call. I accepted the job. Now, I serve as their Photojournalist & Missionary for CRI.

What does this look like?

Before I explain my role, let me throw this bit of information in. One of my favorite things about Children’s Relief is that we work with national/local church leaders. In other words, we don’t just go in as foreigners to start our own programs, but we partner with national leaders and churches overseas to help them reach their community with the Gospel. This is where I come in – throughout the year I will travel to our different projects around the world to meet with our international staff. I get to sit down, listen, and document the stories of the Lord’s work – just like Luke.

To do this I need your help.

I can’t do this on my own and I don’t want to. One thing I love about support raising is the community that rallies around you. So I want to invite you to join my financial support team. I am 70% of the way there and would love to have you come alongside me in this. By partnering with me, we will create a ripple effect as we accomplish God’s work – like dropping a pebble in a pond. Like Luke, if we faithfully share our stories of God at work in the lives of the poor, than we too, in our own small way, can change dozens and dozens of lives for eternity. With photojournalism, we won’t just document stories, but we will document stories to change lives. All this to say- I am stoked and I would be honored to have you partner with me.

What can you do next?

1.     To join my support team, click here. You will find my name listed under "Missionaries". 

2.     To join my prayer team and receive a newsletter every two months, sign up here

3.     Have a question? Ask away. Email me at Ashley@childrensrelief.org

Senior Portraits with Miss Krysta

My one word for this girl: vibrant. She's bold and I would not say she is without fear.  But she is with courage, and no matter what scary things comes her way, she faces them with full of hope, energy, and strength. Love knowing this girl and all her sass that comes with it. We had a blast out on our shoot and I am thrilled to say I have found my new favorite spot in the DFW area. Spent hours out there exploring before and after our shoot. I think it will be a future writing location for upcoming projects! 

DTS Creativity Cafe

This was my first art exhibit to ever be a part of. It was an honor and a humbling experience. Nothing can quite describe getting to not only have your work displayed in an exhibit but getting to watch people interact with your pieces and share your stories with them. Such an inspirational night getting to know other artists and listen to their artistic journeys. Listed below are the pieces on display.

"Mugumu Men". Mugumu, Tanzania, 2012. 

"Serengeti Sunrise". Mugumu, Tanzania, 2012. 

"Serengeti Hunt". Mugumu, Tanzania, 2012. 

"End of a Day's Work". Lilongwe, Malawi, 2012. 

The Future Mr. & Mrs. Bowman

What all created this beautiful shoot? A THIRD snow day for the week, Cotey serenading Brittany with "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" and two cups of hot coffee from the coffeeshop where they first met. So excited for this couple and their beautiful engagement! We decided to go for a spontaneous shoot in the snow to counteract their beautiful summertime wedding. Had a blast goofing off, brushing snow off our bags, and watching the kids play in the snow behind us. 

JC + Kendall Campodonico Wedding

Here are a few of my favorite moments from the wedding. One of the greatest things about being a photographer is being invited in to some beautiful intimate moments. What an incredible couple and wonderful friends and family they have to support them!