The Calling

Hi! Im Samantha McPherrin,

I had someone ask me the other day "So Sam, how did you get so into photography?"

I was honestly stumped in that moment, I think I responded with something like "Oh, I guess I just picked up a camera and never looked back!"

I knew in my heart that it was more than that, I just didn't have my elevator pitch, one liner answer yet.

So here I am.. 

in front of my computer screen while my kids are sleeping, this cursor blinking at me like it's begging for me to tell my story. The story of how I came to realize my calling as a photographer.

My mind instantly goes to

the beautiful places that I get to see in my daily life. The sprawling beauty and wide open fields where we farm rice at the foot of the smallest mountain range in the world. Seeing my daughter light up as she trots the pony around in circles at our ranch in orland. The amount of talented and beautiful horses, livestock, and wildlife that surround me.

It honestly feels like

God has created and dropped at my feet all of this raw beauty and grace, powerful views and stunning athletic animals. I just wanted a way to bottle that up and keep it forever. I want to preserve it in a way that is artistic and candid and real. I want to capture these fleeting moments of life so that when I look back on my days I can have a tangible memory of all the He has blessed me with in this life.

Then, I hear a constant whisper

telling me to share this gift and this eye for storytelling with the world, with my neighbors and my friends. I am called to give the gift of tangible memories and I want to do it in a way that does justice to the beauty that God has seemingly placed in front of me. This feels like my life's work.

It's a strange and torn feeling

of who I am and what I'm called to do. Who I AM is a devoted wife to my amazingly sweet and handsome rice farmer, momma to my two babies, daughter of two loving and strong parents and so much more. What I am CALLED to do feels like this. Like capturing life's moments and the beauty that surrounds me. 

We all have something

that makes us feel alive, a pursuit of passion that adds a little extra to life. I'm here to tell you that it's so worth it to invest in yourself and your passion. I encourage you to do what you love because those little whispers in our ear, it's my belief that those are not random, they are our calling. 

Until next time,

keep dreaming big.


If you can’t find your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose
— Bishop T.D. Jakes
photo by TreCreative

photo by TreCreative