Social entrepreneurship is the use of the techniques by start up companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. This concept may be applied to a variety of organizations with different sizes, aims, and beliefs. - Wikipedia

My dream was to find a way to fund my own nonprofit/humanitarian work in a fun sustainable way. After 12 months of operating a business from home this was made possible.

How did I raise five thousand dollars for charity and travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for my first humanitarian project?

1st - I started a coffee company!
You can't depend on anyone to help you grow. To pursue your dreams you have to learn to promote yourself. I often tell my friends and contacts that I meet that if they aren't willing to promote themselves, no one else is going to.

Selling coffee was fun! As I learned to market my coffee brand I picked up photography, blogging, and web design. It didn't take me long to realize I could make more money faster by focusing on providing creative services as opposed to selling tangible products.

They wouldn't sell me the website; so I ditched this branding, but did continue with photography.

This was my first paid photography shoot. A group of coworkers from Nashville saw some of my photos of an abandoned hospital and wanted to do a promo shoot for a reality show they were pitching.

Commercial Photography

Portrait or Family Photography

The Parker Wedding
What is interesting to me about photography is it gives you the ability to freeze life.

To paraphrase some philosophy I've heard in the past; we as humans are inherently self absorbed and self centered. Through our design and evolution we literally only have the ability to look at things from our own perspective. Photography gives us the ability to slow down and question things from multiple perspectives. It gives us the ability to practice empathy and strengthen our emotional intelligence.

This is why photojournalism is my favorite source of photography.

Full Blown Panic

Product Photography - Commercial

Photojournalism Photography

The Loop - Chicago, IL
Junction Bridge - Little Rock, AR

Photojournalism allows you to invite the reader into your story in an impactful way.

Life in Rwanda
Life in Eastern Congo - Uvira & Lubarika
The Voices of Humanity Podcast

Some areas of revenue simply came through request by followers of The DHP.

The Americana Tradition Project is the biggest project to date. It's an events LLC I created to raise money for the goat farming project in the Congo.

It now lives on as a music and events company.

In the process of marketing our musical event we were able to play one of our original songs on TV!

Now I combine all the things I've learned with photography, videography, branding, marketing, and sales to really have fun and generate revenue in the process. The following video was filmed with a Canon DSLR T5i, Canon DSLR 70d, two iPhone 5s, an iPad air, and a budget fish eye action camera.

“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross; there lies your vocation.” - Aristotle

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