Meet David-Persimmon Lane Photography
They say never talk about religion or politics, so I won’t. I’m not here to tell you who to worship, and certainly not here to tell you who to vote for – and I’m definitely not of any authority to tell anyone that one “way” is superior to the other! But I am here to tell the story of a kid who found his own way. A kid who went from being depressed and angrily lashing out and how he became a kind role model; all because he’s unapologetically himself.
Meet David. On the surface he appears to be the token popular kid from High School. He’s got a charming smile, is vocally talented (starring in many of the school’s musicals) David was even voted “Best Male Representative” of his Senior class. (I believe in my day this was known as “most popular”). At his graduation, the entire stadium erupted into cheers when his name was called – causing the speaker to pause before reading the next graduate’s name. David can be found spending time at the local coffee shop, singing and playing his guitar, or with his girlfriend Carly. She’s the super sweet wholesome girl-next-door type girlfriend; they met at church. Despite being so popular, he stands out as a unique individual. He’s probably kindest guy you’ll ever meet, and he credits that to his faith and love for Jesus.
The path to David’s faith wasn’t a straight one. He suffered tremendous loss and pain as a young child. When he was 5, his father took his own life. Just two weeks later (as if the pain wasn’t enough), his family had to flee their home, because of Hurricane Katrina’s widespread destruction in their hometown. His family relocated to Maryland where they started the slow process of rebuilding their lives. David credits his mother for always sharing stories of miracles, and taking him to church – but admits that own faith didn’t really click until he saw a Christian Rock band in the 8th grade. He experienced his “a ha!” moment. David said he instantly felt a connection to his faith and knew that following Jesus was his calling. Up until that point he said he had a lot of problems and suffered depression, often angrily lashing out at others. It was his sudden realization to devote his life Jesus that helped turn his darkest days into a bright and shining role model that many people see him as – including his peers.
David has found a remarkably positive way to be his own person without fear of what others will think of him. At a time when we often wonder how anyone can be a teenager in today’s society, David is just…David. He doesn’t pick and choose his friends; he just loves on everyone. David says he finds his strength in Jesus Christ. When I asked him to describe, in his own words, what that meant, he went on to say that he tries to live his life by walking in his faith. David explained that Jesus loved everyone and that his actions and how he treats others mirrors Jesus.
As an adult, I this we all know folks who still struggle with being themselves – well into their 30s, 40s and beyond. Peer pressure affects people of all ages, and yet this teenager has it all figured out. As I interviewed David, I couldn’t help but notice he wore a wedding-type band around his ring finger, “What’s that?” I asked (thinking it was perhaps it was a family heirloom), his response? “A purity ring”. David didn’t hesitate to answer with confidence and you could tell he was proud of the symbolism that represented his beliefs. Admittedly, I couldn’t help but recall my High School days (pre-internet) where most guys were making it their mission to lose their virginity to just about any girl willing to give them the time of day! I just nodded my head at David and repeated his words, “A purity ring…” – I couldn’t help but be a little awestruck by his answer. It was just another reflection his dedication and devotion to being himself.
As I type this, David is on a mission trip with his church. He’s already been on several and says he and will continue to spread his love everywhere he goes. This fall he will be attending Christ for the Nations Bible College in Texas, and says he isn’t sure whether or not he wants to pursue theater, but that he knows for sure that he wants to spread the gospel for the rest of his life. David is unapologetically true to himself and his beliefs; David IS beauty revived.
Short Bio of Photographer
My whole life I’ve loved photography, but it wasn’t until my husband Justin and I bought a small farm in Calvert County, Maryland that I truly jumped in with abandon. Up until this point, I always believed my passion for photography would be dulled by it being my career – In truth, it ignited it further. These days I embrace photography like an old friend. I’d love to spend out the rest of my days photographing births, weddings and other exciting first moments that tell a story. I love to capture emotion without too much prompting. I’m also a huge sucker for black and white photos by the way.
I love cooking, sewing, scrabble, gardening, the outdoors (but not really bugs) in other words, I crave being involved with anything creative! I love spending my spare time (rare as that is) creating things and decorating our old farmhouse. I pretend to work-out at the gym daily. I stay up too late and wake up too early. I’m the best singer in my shower. I’m a 2x NICU mama with my two youngest boys born at 29 weeks, 18 months apart. I believe life is easier when you let go of the things you cannot control. Eat ice cream. My biggest love in life is people, and I’ve always been that way. A few of my favorites are my husband Justin and my 4 children – Gavin (18), Sommer (14), Xander (5) and Calvin (3). I love my dogs and cats too, but I sure do hate to vacuum.
You should know about me is that I named my business Persimmon Lane Photography because I t tripped over the phrase April Corey Photography. It didn’t flow right so here we are with PLP. Last, if the predictions are true, I’ll be the shortest person in my family, but I’m not even mad about it.
April Corey – Persimmon Lane Photography