FOUND WITH A CAMERA IN HER HAND
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY.
My name is River Bennett and I live in Sydney with Joel and our three sons – Zion, Rome and Knox.
WHAT WAS YOUR BACKGROUND AND HERITAGE LIKE?
I grew up in a beautiful beach town on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, surrounded with art, sculpture and books. My dad was an artist, teacher, writer and pastor. He would often tell my brother and I – “Always get your own revelation of Christ and the Word before you open a commentary!” Ha. This was actually the best life advice.
FAVOURITE MOVIE, FLOWER, CHORE?
Too hard… way too many iconic movies to choose from, but my current obsession is watching documentaries on Mt. Everest. Which totally doesn’t answer your question. Love pink peonies. And when it comes to a favourtie chore… I don’t have one. One should never ever do chores!
DO YOU HAVE A BUCKET LIST AND WHAT’S THE MOST UNLIKELY THING ON IT?
DO YOU HAVE A LIFE VERSE AND WHY?
I love Ecclesiastes 11:6 (NLT-SN) “Be sure to stay busy and plant a variety of crops because you never know which will grow – perhaps they all will”. I believe there is power in investing wisdom, kindness, love and generosity in a variety of different areas because you never know which one might grow. Perhaps they all will.”
WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE COLOUR MESSAGE THAT RESONATES THE MOST WITHIN YOU PERSONALLY, AND WAS THERE A MOMENT IN PARTICULAR THAT SPARKED IT ALL FOR YOU?
The Sisterhood is something I have always been a part of. I often think about how incredibly blessed I have been to be surrounded with such incredible women – older and younger, who ooze profound wisdom on life. I feel like I have soaked up that godly wisdom over the years, which has helped me become a better wife, mother and business owner. I have honestly been educated on the state of the world with all its injustice and broken humanity, and have been shown how I can play a part in bringing change. I’m so grateful for that. For me, the Colour message isn’t just an experience that happens at a conference once a year… it’s a day-to-day bible based message that is deeply embedded in the core of who I am. I love what I get to be part of.
WHAT CONCERNS YOU ABOUT THIS WORLD?
Watching my sons grow up and the urgency of investing godly values into their life grows stronger and stronger every day. The next generation of leaders, who will run the world are right now in child form. So what are we investing in their lives now? How are we teaching them to choose wisdom and make decisions with integrity? Are we teaching them empathy and showing them how to put others first? As mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunties, I figure if we can all invest things of true worth into these little lives then we will see a strong generation of leaders who will lead our world well.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Injustice. Good art. And being in the right place at the right time.
WHAT DOES YOUR LIFE LOOK LIKE DAY-TO-DAY, AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I am a wife, mother, photographer, writer, blogger and business owner. I love how music has the ability to deeply impact people. It can stir emotion and communicate a powerful message through lyrics and sound. I guess what I love about my work is the challenge to capture an image in such a way that it has the same effect on people.
HOW DID YOU BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER?
A few years ago, I was gifted a camera by a landscape photographer friend. He had been following my Instagram and said, “You have a really good eye for photography, you should try learning to use a proper camera, you might like it.” I had no idea how to use it, so I went home and read everything on YouTube about how to use a camera. I didn’t have time to go to university or study photography formally because I had three little men at home needing my attention. But I put in hours of practice and whenever I got stuck, I would find people who knew more about photography and would ask for their advice. Over time it started to make sense and I started to practice on anyone who would let me. This led to paid freelance work that has taken me across the globe and into many different communities. I often pinch myself that I am actually doing what I love for work. I then started a website – TheWolfpackMrs. com – “for mamas with messy hair and thirsty hearts.” I interview and photograph incredibly talented, creative people and write their stories. A friend and I also opened a birth photography business, called “The First Hello Project”, where we capture beautiful moments as parents meet their child for the very first time.
WERE THERE CHALLENGES TO GET HERE AND HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF “ON MISSION” IN THE FIELD?
Belief in myself was the biggest challenge and to be honest, stepping into the unknown scares the life out of me. I still feel the fear with every new project, but I’ve learned to work with it. I have discovered that in working hard and giving my very best, God will do the rest. And I think my “everyday” is my mission field. Being myself in every area of my life – from motherhood and investment into our children’s lives, to conversations with the school mums at the gate or the cashier in the store, to stepping into the bigger opportunities of influence.