Stock photography sites are booming online, but there is a newcomer to the industry that is helping to improve not just graphic design, but lives around the world.
Here at DuoParadigms, we frequently use stock images in projects for our clients. But finding quality Christian images can often be a challenge in today’s secular society. Not any longer, thanks to a wonderful new start-up, Lightstock.
Launched in late November 2012, Lightstock is a faith-focused, safe-searching, carefully-curated stock photography website geared exclusively for the Christian community. Its images are perfect for any number of church or ministry uses, whether it’s bulletins, church websites, sermon slides, worship backgrounds, or video illustrations.
Lightstock changes the game in the Christian media space by filling a gaping hole with faith-focused content that can’t be found anywhere else. Professional photos portraying Biblical themes are no longer a distant wish, but a concrete reality as Lightstock and its customers help to tell an old, old story in new and visually compelling ways.
I recently caught up with one of Lightstock’s founders, Josh Bailey, to talk about the vision behind the site and how it is ministering to Christian ministries and designers worldwide.
Why do you feel it is important for Christians to play an active role in the design community online?
First off, we have incredibly talented Christian professionals throughout the visual arts world and I think that this talent is a gift deposited by God. Because of this, every Christian artist feels a deep calling to express their gratitude to Him through their unique discipline.
Closer to the surface we recognize that we should be good stewards with what He’s given us. And I think that plays out practically in the telling of His story. We do have an amazing story to tell, and when we exercise our creative gift toward that endeavor we sense God’s pleasure and experience a deep satisfaction in doing what we’ve been commissioned for.
That’s a roundabout way of getting to your question, but essentially we need to be active because we have this story – this incredible message that needs to be heard, seen and experienced in all its different facets.
How has graphic design helped you to spread the gospel around the world?
For me it’s about creating visual firepower.
I have a twin brother and we’re the previous owners of Graceway Media, a Christian design company that creates and supplies over 4,000 churches with visual resources such as sermon slides, motion backgrounds and print banners. For six years we poured our energy into creating media that would help ignite pastors’ sermons and support their overall mission, which at a macro-level is all about spreading the gospel.
With millions of downloaded files from Graceway and the inaugural downloads taking place at Lightstock, we feel we’re playing our part in advancing His kingdom.
We noticed on your website that your company supports several ministries, including two which are close to our hearts, The Joshua Fund and Voice of the Martyrs. What prompted you to decide to donate a portion of your profits to these groups and the others listed?
Giving back is at the heart of Lightstock. We donate 10% of our gross profit to kingdom causes. Lightstock Partners also have the ability to designate a portion of their royalties to these charities and others. I think it’s cool to know that when you purchase photos from Lightstock, in a small way you’re supporting kingdom-minded organizations world-wide.
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