Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart released his first book and is launching a powerful hotel initiative this spring, all of which he credits to following God’s lead.
Though he has photographed just about every Hollywood celebrity and musician, including Taylor Swift and Tim Tebow, as well as world leaders such as former President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, Cowart’s goal in life has always been to serve a greater purpose.
His father has always encouraged him with a Bible verse that helped him gain the confidence to not only have what many would view as a successful life but also a meaningful one.
“It’s not the celebrity shoots, it’s the things where I’m helping people in need that really fulfill me as a creative and as an artist,” Cowart, who was named the “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post in 2014, told The Christian Post.
Coward shares “snapshots” of his testimony in his new book, I’m Possible: Jumping into Fear and Discovering a Life of Purpose, to inspire others to believe that all things are possible with God. He details how he went from a boy in Tennessee, who had no faith in himself, to where he is now.
His philanthropic humanitarian efforts (Help-Portrait, Voices of Haiti, Voices of Reconciliation in Rwanda, and the Poza Project) have been centered on bringing value and dignity to people in under-served communities affected by various tragedies.
Adding to his work, Cowart is launching the first hotel of its kind, The Purpose Hotel, a for-profit hotel chain that will support nonprofit organizations all over the world. The Purpose Hotel will aim to fight against “injustices of war, hunger, poverty, global warming, racial tension, unclean water, addictions and natural disasters.”
The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post’s interview with Cowart.
CP: It’s not often you hear of an award-winning photographer using his gift for good as you do. Can you briefly share your testimony?
Cowart: I’ve been a Christian since I was 10 years old and growing up, I didn’t think I could do much and my dad always encouraged me through Philippines 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Over time, I started to believe that. But as a kid, I didn’t think I could do much at all. I didn’t think I was smart, didn’t think I’d be successful, I didn’t think I was athletic. I was just kind of your normal, shy, average quiet kid.
But through my parents’ encouragement, I really started to believe in myself over the years; thanks to my dad and another friend named Jimmy who also encouraged me. But over time, I realized that God is the ultimate source and giver of all ideas and I really do credit God with all the projects and things I’ve done.
I think He speaks to all of us, I’m just getting really good at listening. I don’t think I’m more creative or genius than anybody else. I just know those moments when He’s speaking to us and whispering ideas. I know to recognize those moments. And so that’s kind of my current relationship with God. He’s the ultimate Creator and I’m just trying to follow His lead.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law