January's debut of the new give back line, #passthesass, where I sell limited edition pieces to go towards a cause, was so great! you guys helped raise $150 towards rylie's mission trip to Haiti! I hope you've been following along with her on instagram while she's over there, because her photos have been incredible. i really cannot wait to hear her stories. so excited.
the next person i want to introduce you guys to is my friend dustin. he's one of those people who i feel has his hands in literally everything awesome. he has a non profit called lightwriters.. here's the story from him:
The Lightwriters story started with me praying about ways to mentor fatherless young men.
I grew up in a broken home with an addicted mother. She began dating an amazing photographer and, because he saw me as free labor, he made me his photo assistant. I carried his bags, hung his slides, swept the studio, basically whatever he wanted me to. I had no interest photography or cameras but I was interested in the fatherly attention I received from this man. Later he gave me my first camera, taught me how to use it and gave me my first assignment.
I truly believe that before Jesus saved my soul photography saved my life. I had been hanging out with a crowd hell bent on prison or death and photography changed the way I looked at the world around me. It gave me a medium to explore and an excuse to stay away from hood life.
I believe that if young people find something they can fall in love with it can point them on a path that brings life instead of death. That might be basketball or music or the arts, in my case it was photography and I want to share that with as many under served kids as possible.
Lightwriters partners with foster programs to provide photo mentors and cameras to kids who might connect with the medium. The mentors meet with their kid(s) and teach them the basics. Once the photo 101 classes are complete, we print their best images and host a gallery opening to showcase their work. This is usually an awe inspiring and tearful night as they walk the red carpet and see their work printed for the first time. We have hosted these gallery openings at group homes and coffee shops and plan to host our next one at the International Photography Hall of Fame in St. Louis.
We are actively looking for photographers who are willing to mentor foster children anywhere in the country. If you have a basic knowledge of photography you can be a mentor. The commitment is usually one hour a week for 6 - 24 weeks, depending on the organization we partner with.
100% of monies collected by donation or from the sale of the items on our website goes to purchasing cameras, creating prints, and frames for our organization. We are 100% volunteer run.
>>>> i totally started tearing up while reading through his powerful story. there is so much beauty and redemption in what he's doing with lightwriters, and i could not be more excited to share their story with you in hopes we can raise some dollars for them, as well as get some of you awesome people involved in being an advocate or mentor. there is also so much goodness on their website, www.TheLightwriters.org. there is an awesome video about what they're doing in ethiopia, as well as here in the states. also, they are getting ready to launch a line of camera straps in about 4-6 weeks. student prints will also be available this week. (i totally snagged one and i LOVE it.) y'all have got to follow along with them! (instagram // facebook // twitter)
///these bracelet designs were inspired by the "love leaks light" project the lightwriters are doing in ethiopia. as always with #passthesass products, 100% of the funds from your purchases will be sent directly to lightwriters. let's support their awesome ministry the entire month of february! xoxo.