Brendon Connett

A Little About Him…

Brendon was born and raised in the great (and rainy) state of Washington. His drive for the creative arts branched out of his desire to work with people and help them with their ventures. Anything from graduation pictures, senior photos, and product shoots to modern, effective, and clean website design, he’s got you covered. After graduating from Waynesburg University with a BA in Communications, Brendon furthered his education by attending the Praxis Academy and later interning at Sseko Design. He has also interned/worked at a number of other locations including (but not limited to) Northwest Gospel Church, Radiant Church, and the ToBeThe.Church podcast.

Portfolio

Check out some of my work.

I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work with some great business and organizations. These opportunities have shaped me into the photographer I am today. 

“We loved our experience working with Brendon! My daughters are ages 2 and 3 and as any parent of young children knows, photoshoots can often be quite the battle. However, Brendon remained patient and understanding with the girls and made it a fun time for them, they were smiling and laughing the whole time! He was so kind and creative and we have received so many compliments on his photos. We look forward to our next chance to work with Brendon!”

Erica Karin

Mother of Model(s)

What do other people say?

My parents’ lives changed forever on July 14th, 2000. This is the day they brought me into the world (fun fact, my dad and I have the same birthday). It sounds cliche, but growing up, I never really knew what I wanted to do with my life. For some people, they know what they are wanting to do at a very young age, but that wasn’t me. I threw a couple of ideas around but never could land on a specific occupation. My family has always held Christian values and was regularly involved in our local church, so I figured I would start there. At least that’s what I thought…until disaster struck!

I remember the day like it was yesterday. My parents took me and my sister out to lunch and said they needed to tell us something. I was definitely nervous, but the thought of getting free food calmed my initial nerves. After we had finished eating, my parents laid it on us. They said, “What do you guys think about moving to Africa and serve the people of Ethiopia?” Let’s be completely honest here, they had already made up their minds and neither my sister nor I had a say, so we both accepted our fate and packed our bags.

Initially, we were only supposed to stay in Ethiopia for only three months, but that turned into a year even before we had left. That year was likely the most difficult year of my life. I might even go so far as to say that it was the worst year of my life. Looking back on my time in Ethiopia, I pinpointed the source of my negativity: selfishness. I went with the thought, “It’s just a year, let’s get this over with so I can get back to my comfortable life.” This mindset would not last long.

As we neared the end of our stay, my parents took me and my sister out to the only place where you could buy ice cream. I was just thinking it was to debrief on the year and plan for our journey home, but I was gravely mistaken. Looking back on it, I should have seen the sign that always distracts me: free food. As I am sure you’ve already assumed, this was not a debrief meal, but rather it was a distraction from the dreaded question, “What do you think about staying another year?” I was against the idea at the start, but I changed my perspective and instead saw it as a way for me to have a second chance at serving with a more open mind. I did just that. That year went really well.

Coming back from Ethiopia, I had a changed perspective. I was more grateful for what I had and almost wanted to freeze every moment I had because everything seemed to be moving way too fast in the United States versus Ethiopia.

Back to the original question, “What am I going to do with my life?” As a result of my time in Ethiopia and looking toward the future, I knew I wanted to do something revolving around giving God the glory and serving the church. In addition, after seeing God’s wonderful creation and wanting to capture moments, I knew I wanted to focus on a creative career. Where do I look for something that combines my two passions (God and creativity)? The answer was closer than I ever would have imagined.

This led me to Waynesburg Univserity where I obtained my BA in Communication. Waynesburg gave me the education I needed, but I still wasn’t where I wanted to be. I was blessed to do college classes in high school which allowed me to graduate from University with my BA three semesters early. Because of this privilege, I was able to get a leg up on my competition and plans for a career in my preferred field began to take effect.

As I mentioned earlier, my family has always been involved in our local church. This came in handy because I had a conversation with one of my mentors and he said that he could organize an internship of sorts to help me build my portfolio and show me what it means to work in a church. I took him up on this opportunity and interned for just over four years with Northwest Gospel Church (NGC). After this time, an opportunity opened for me to train and coordinate volunteers part-time at NGC while working on my own freelance business.

I am thankful for everyone who has supported me in my journey and I look forward to many more years doing what I love, meeting amazing people, and giving God all the glory.