My First Photo Task / by Lucas Turner

It's been exactly 2 years since I took the plunge into the world of international development, social enterprise, travel photography, entrepreneurship, etc. I've been riding the whirlwind of "experiential learning" and let me tell you, I've learned A LOT. More than I ever would have had I taken that first mediocre job offer I got in my final year of college.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing photos that are reminiscent of the organizations I have worked for, the people I have met, or the places I have traveled. My hope is that my photos inspire you to take that risk you've been contemplating, inspire you to empower people, or to just be the best version of yourself.

Pictured is Yarelin, one of the many amazing women of Krochet Kids Peru, the organization I volunteered at for 6 months in Lima, Peru. Their mission is to empower people to rise above poverty. They provide jobs and a development program that supports the holistic growth of women and their families living in poverty in Peru and Uganda. Their model is incredibly unique, because when you buy a product, you ‪#‎knowwhomadeit‬ and your purchase ties you to the stories of the incredible women making strides towards a better future for themselves and their families. You really can buy a hat & change a life.

These photos are from one of my first ever photography tasks. Our photography intern had gone back to the USA, so I was instructed to shoot profile photos for the new ladies, making sure to exemplify their vibrant personalities. I didn't have any experience, only a nice Canon camera that I barely knew how to use. I was incredibly nervous and felt under-qualified. I had to be coached on how to manually focus my lens and how to frame a photo. This small task unearthed one of my passions, which is photography. Since then I have shot thousands of photos all across the globe for many organizations. Had I turned down the opportunity to shoot these photos because of being scared that I wasn't good enough, I would have missed out on so many incredible stories and people.

I hope you enjoy these photos and stories 🌎