My name is Sam and I am 1/2 of Capture A Cause. I’m married to my best friend, I love succulents (but can’t ever keep one alive), and I firmly believe that coffee is heaven sent.
We live in Lakeland, Florida right now, but we will be moving to Budapest, Hungary in September. I can’t even begin to express how excited and scared I am, but I think that anytime God calls you to do something that isn’t “typical” you’ll feel like that!
I started getting into photography in 2012 when I was craving a creative outlet. I took all of my friends on photo shoots and brought my camera (a super old 90’s point-and-shoot my dad had in his closet) with me everywhere. I learned all I could, practiced as much as the light would allow me, and eventually started my own business in 2015. I began photographing engagements and weddings shortly after and learned the ins-and-outs of marketing my business.
Missions is something I grew up with. We had lots of friends overseas who would come over to our house whenever they came back to the States, and I had been on several mission’s trips growing up. Attending a very missions-minded church during my middle and high school years really helped me see and understand the Great Commission and how we as Christians are all called to “… go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). I just didn’t know how I could do that.
My two worlds collided when I had been asked to photograph a few missions trips. I fell in love with it! And around that same time, I fell in love with my husband who had recently come back from a short-term trip in Budapest. Our relationship was (and is!) very God-orchestrated, so when he told me before we started dating, “Sam, I want you to know that I’m all in, but you should also know that God is calling me to the mission field. I don’t know what that looks like, I don’t know when it will happen, I just know that when He says ‘Go!’, I will go”, I was oddly at peace about it.
After we got married on September 23rd, 2016, God blessed us with a lot of leg room to do life together. We were able to get an apartment, have a stable income, travel a pretty decent amount (I actually think I traveled more during our first eight months of marriage than I had in my entire life!), and I was able to continue studying at college debt-free. But just as God has the ability to give when He deems fit, He also has the ability to take away, and that was when Jonathan lost his job.
So now here we are. Two kids madly in love with the Lord and with each other who are striving to do the craziest thing we've ever done. It's scary, but isn't everything that God calls you to do that is out of your comfort zone like that?
Thanks for following along!