Ministry and Photography

When I was six years old, I received my first camera – a Kodak Instamatic. The moment I began taking pictures, I was completely hooked on photography. I took pictures of everything, especially clouds and landscapes. In fact, I took so many pictures that we couldn’t afford to get them all developed (remember film?)! In high school, my father bought me a Minolta SRT-101 35mm camera … and lots of film. I was a pro! Then, later in college, I even learned how to develop my own black and white photos in a photography lab at Arizona State University.

Flash forward to recent history. The exciting journey that led to myPhotoWalk Devotional Photography began for me when I received a Nikon D7000 DSLR camera from my husband a few years ago for my birthday. Nikon’s ads say it has the Power to Astonish – the Features to Inspire. Astonish and inspire it did. Just holding it in my hands is an adventure. As I began shooting photos, I realized I had a significant learning curve ahead if I was to capture what I was seeing through the lens.

Whether you are an avid photographer seeking technical motivation and encouragement – or a spiritual disciple yearning for life inspiration and worship of the God of all creation – you will feel right at home at myPhotoWalk Devotional Photography.
Catherine Martin

I really hope you’ll enjoy traveling on this adventure with one who is learning through the myPhotoWalk Blog posts. The highlight will be an array of myPhotoWalk Devotional Photos, carefully selected photos with a companion Bible verse, devotional quote, or even a quote from one of my many books. In this myPhotoWalk Blog, I’ll dig deep into what I’m learning on the photographic journey, what skills and techniques are particularly puzzling me, the technical aspects of the photo shoots and post-production … and hopefully I’ll present some inspirational photographic images along the way. Stay tuned. The myPhotoWalk Photo Portfolio will offer Custom Devotional Photography Prints (as well as occasional inspirational photography gift items) through our affiliation with SmugMug Pro on CatherineMartin.SmugMug.com. And I’ve got a million ideas for myPhotoWalk Devotional Photography trade books and eBooks that blend spiritual devotions with inspirational photography in what I hope will be a unique and motivational format. We’ll make the eBooks available in Apple® iBooks, Adobe® PDF, and perhaps Amazon® Kindle formats to cover all tablets and devices. Many of these Devotional Photography publications will make their way to print in hard copy gift book format. And perhaps we’ll go live with myPhotoWalk Google+ Community Hangouts On Air video presentations! Stay tuned!

What’s in the future for myPhotoWalk.com?

  • myPhotoWalk Blog: really deep photography stuff for the photographically inclined
  • myPhotoWalk Photo Portfolio: inspirational photography images
  • myPhotoWalk Publications: tradebooks, eBooks, and more
  • myPhotoWalk eNews: our photography enewsletter
  • myPhotoWalk Magazine: both electronic and print versions of The Devotional Photographer
  • myPhotoWalk Image Licensing: commercial use licensing policy
  • myPhotoWalk PhotoShoot Sponsorship: creative giving — God’s great creation as an evangelical vehicle
  • myPhotoWalk Google+ Community: photo posts and Hangouts On Air – what I’m learning videos
  • myPhotoWalk SmugMug: custom devotional photography prints at CatherineMartin.SmugMug.com
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Each myPhotowalk Devotional Photography blog post presents technical as well as devotional aspects of the selected photographic images! Check out the myPhotoWalk Technical section of our A Walk In Grace Devotional Photo Blog on this Quiet Time Ministries website.

Back to the story … So my friend, Cindy, and I went on a wonderful outdoor photo workshop at The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden in Palm Desert, California, with Kevin Toohey of learnyourcamera.com. He taught us everything you can imagine about our cameras – mine is the Nikon D7000 and Cindy has a wonderful Canon. It didn’t matter to Kevin what camera it was, expert on photography that he is. He was able to show us all the settings, how to safely change lenses, and how to use our cameras to take great shots. I even learned how to format the memory card in the camera – smile. These are essentials that I use everyday with the camera – and we’ll expand the essentials to a wide range of topics we’ll discuss on the blog in detail and throughout this website. How about post-processing software and techniques, the latest camera gear, favorite photography authors, cool photography websites? What I’m learning; what you’re learning? You name it; we’ll talk about it!

So after learning many of the essentials with Kevin, the real adventure for me began in earnest. For me, photography has become a ministry in itself. Taking photos slows me down to see more of God’s wonder and majesty in creation. I tend to move at breakneck speed in life. Those of you who know me as author and speaker from Quiet Time Ministries probably guessed that I squeeze a lot into a day. I love going on photowalks, looking through the lens, and capturing the beauty I see. I probably love landscape photography the best, but I also enjoy taking photos of interesting people along the way. Living in the desert of California is a great benefit because we have amazing sunrises and sunsets. I always look up at the sky through the window as I’m spending my morning quiet time with the Lord. If I see incredible light with amazing bursts of color forming with the sunrise, I grab my camera, jump in my car, and drive to my special place where I can get the best views. Never let a good sunrise go to waste!

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.
Psalm 19:1 NKJV, A Psalm of David

As a writer I love to tell a story. Photography is another form of writing. Photo is derived from Greek – the Greek word “phos” means “light.” The word “graph” also comes from a Greek word meaning “to draw.” A Photograph is therefore a drawing made with light. We often shorten the word “photograph” to “photo.” The Latin word for “light” is “lux.” It actually means to “write with light.” So probably my favorite part of photography is taking the photos, combining them with my writing, and ministering to others with truth from God’s Word. If you’re deeply spiritually interested in this aspect of my photography, for a complete devotional experience, please visit my A Walk In Grace Photo Blog here at Quiet Time Ministries.

When I travel to speak at a retreat or conference, I always have my camera with me. I take pictures of the location and the people. Then I use those photos to tell the story of our time together. I usually post the photos on my blog to share our adventure. My camera is with me at all of our church and women’s ministries’ events. Then I put together slideshows to tell the story.

myPhotoWalk is first and foremost about photography — for people of all faiths, no faith, or just searching – that they may rejoice in the goodness of God. Dear friend, if you find that you need to slow down, I encourage you to grab your camera, and go for a photowalk. Take photos of everything you see. You will find that you see more and more. And you will begin to notice the wonder and beauty of all God has created. And then you will worship Him in a new and deeper way.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made …
Romans 1:20 NASB
Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.
Ansel Adams

I would not have you simply watch a travelogue about God. I challenge you to experience the great adventure of knowing God for yourself through the heartfelt devotional photography presented on myPhotoWalk.com Devotional Photography at our Quiet Time Ministries website, at myPhotoWalk — Google+ Community, and at CatherineMartin.SmugMug.com.

♥ God bless you in the great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

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Luke 5:16 NASB — But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.

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