Community

So I have a confession to make: I suck at blogging. And as much as I would love to be able to tell everyone that I'm a creative professional who photographs exciting people and places each and every day, I would be lying. Currently, I'm working as a barista at a local coffee shop and I make pizzas at a gourmet pizza shop a couple days a week and I am sometimes able to make time to squeeze in some photography. To be perfectly honest, I absolutely hate to admit that. But I want this whole photography thing to blossom and grow and I've realized that the only way to achieve something like that is to develop something much bigger than myself - a community. One of my favorite bloggers (bloggists?), Jon Acuff, started out just writing funny stories every day in a blog called "Stuff Christians Like" and although it took alot of consistency and determination (which I haven't shown much of) on his part, I strongly believe that the community he built had a huge impact on his ability to get where he is today. Much like I am right now, Jon started out working a job that wasn't necessarily his calling or his passion, but was still able to push himself and allow himself to be pushed into becoming the author or 2 (and very soon 3) incredible books and work a job that allows him to share the very gift that God has given him. I guarantee there were days when he didn't really feel like writing anything. There were probably times when he felt like every single drop of creativity had been drained from him and he had nothing to offer. But He kept blogging. And that's what I need to do. I need to keep blogging and I need to keep shooting and I need to continue to build a community around me.

That's where I need your help. I'm here to ask you if you would be willing to join my community. There are no membership fees . . . in fact I suppose there would be no real "membership" at all. Just a place online where people can come and read about where my photography is taking me and how I'm learning to change my world one picture at a time. For quite a few months now, I had this silly idea that I was supposed to do this all on my own but after spending some time with a couple of awesome photographers and really great guys (Baron Batch, and Jerod Foster) I came to the realization that if I'm doing this by myself, it will never grow bigger than me. And I'm a pretty small guy. I am currently in the process of possibly joining a group of photographers who will have the ability to do some really great things for the kingdom of God and for the world around us. I may have the opportunity to do something that I've always dreamed of doing, and yet deep down inside, that prospect scares the bejeebies out of me (yes I said bejeebies). But despite the fact that I'm certainly scared and that I feel completely inadequate, I know one thing is true: I want to be a part of something that I can't contain. I want to be a part of something that I can't define or even take credit for. I want to be a part of something that can only be accomplished by a community. I can't promise that every post will be funny or that every picture will bring a tear to your eyes; I can't promise that every post will be relevant or even interesting. But I can promise you that God's got some big plans for me and I'm done sitting around hoping and praying that someone else will make them happen for me. 

In conclusion, all I'm asking you to do is leave a quick little comment at the end of this post and let me know if you would be willing to join this little online community. I would also love it if maybe you told your friends about RVoight Photography so we can help build this community together. Thanks for reading this far and let's see where this thing takes us!

-Ryan