A few weeks ago I was able to take photos for one of my old friends, Angie. I have witnessed her struggle through deciding what to study and what to pursue in life. Her struggle was more intense than most experience, as she endured some hardship on her journey. I can’t forget the day when she finally made the decision to pursue her passion: art.

It was bold. It was brave. And it was scary.

Most of all, there was so much joy. It was incredible seeing her pursue something she loved and was talented in. Now, a few years down the road, I was able to take some photos for her upcoming website. It was such a pleasure to witness her talent and capture her at her wor.






I’ve recently started to invest more in my photography, and like Angie, pursue something I love. This process has been scary as well.

I desire to pursue beauty, truth, and justice in every area of my life. This usually means making less money. And I am SO okay with making less money. The Lord is bringing me through a process of freedom. Freedom from money. Freedom from fear. Freedom from EVERYTHING.

I completely agree with Frank Laubach when he said “I am trying to be utterly free from everybody, free from my own self, but completely enslaved to the will of God every moment of this day.”

He has been teaching me that freedom does not only lie in pursuing beauty and the other values he has placed in my heart. It is a complete reliance on Jesus that brings the purest form of freedom. It is a taking in of His life and body. It is letting him live through me and taking hold of His presence and beauty into every aspect of my life. Although pursuing beauty through photography will likely be very satisfying, my identity, worth and contentment come from Jesus. Not from my work.

Oh the freedom! He satisfies me, so I am free to create for Him!


Also, here’s a picture of Angie’s studio cat who gave zero f’s.

Posted by:Crystal Anne Downs

I am a professional photographer and unprofessional sociologist pursuing creative outlets that lead to beauty, social justice, and peace in this world.

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