In 1999, I got the opportunity to go on a missions trip to Kenya, Africa for 30 days. Our team consisted of 12-13 Juniors and Seniors and I was part of a 5 person leadership team. I was only 19 at the time and this was my first real leadership experience. To say the least, it was quite stretching.
Off we go - 8hr trip to London and then one final leg to Nairobi, Kenya. Of course I had packed my entire room it seemed, and I hadn't forgotten my trusty 35 mm Minolta SLR - my first one, in fact. I was so excited to snap a few pics. Well, to my surprise, I took over 400 pictures that trip and that's with film. Yes, you heard right...film was my source of recording this momentous experience. From the airports of London and Germany to the fields of the Masai Mara
National Park, I shot and shot until I couldn't afford anymore film.
Here is one of the great photos I captured. I know there is some shadow issues and the annoying timestamp definitely gets on my nerves, but you have to admit that this is a decent photo.
Here is another one from the safari we went on:
So this is a Cheetah for those who don't know their African animals. Ha!
After getting home, I soon discovered that the cost of developing film is definitely expensive.
As the years went on, I continued to putter around with my camera not realizing the Lord had given me a gift.
That leads me to the point of this blog. About 1yr ago, I started to get serious with Photography. I saved up for my first Digital SLR (Nikon D80
) and loved it. I quickly found myself asking questions like, why don't I charge for my services. Soon enough, I was making money with this new found gift of mine. The Lord has really started to open doors to help Noelle and I make a little extra money to help us reach our goal of moving to Cambodia. Reaching our goal requires us first to get out of debt, so instead of getting a side job at Gap, I decided I could be more successful at shooting photographs.
I definitely feel like my strength is in portraits and families. This coming summer, my main focus will be Senior Photography. Have a Senior in your house? Give me a call :)
I decided to blog on this because it's been a great tool for Noelle and I to raise awareness of what our calling is. It's so fun to tell folks how and why we are in the photography business. Help support us and refer "jacob goodlin photography" to your friends and family. Better yet, feel free to contact us for your own family session.
How to find me!
This has been an evolving gift and I feel like I'm learning new things everytime I pick up my camera.
Currently, I shoot with a Nikon D300 and have a set of various pro/prime lenses. The D300 is such a great piece of equipment and has served me well.
Look forward to hearing from you!