Let us just say that dreams come true. Keep that in mind as you read this.
It begun at three in the morning, not exactly the most desirable hour to begin a Saturday. I was definitely anxious about the unexpected. But I had a good feeling about this particular morning. God was going to reveal some things that I had only dreamt of.
Fast-forward to eight am. Aguanga, California - wide, open space, picture perfection. The Simply Beloved had reached out to us and wanted to feature our apparel in their next photoshoot. Of course we were not going to miss out on this opportunity. And so here I was, having said yes, and the day was here. But I was new to this experience. For once, I didn't need to photograph or organize anything. All I needed to do was show up with our Builders of the Never Before collection.
In the next few hours, magic happened. The photographers made it look easy. And the models were naturals. Everything seemed like fate, from the morning light, to the people, to the beauty of it all. I was in awe OF IT ALL. Most important, our story was told, and told accurately. Everyone who had a hand in executing it understood it completely.
See Builders of the Never Before Collection is not just purposed as an anthem to pioneers. It is an active invitation for anyone who wants to be a part of building a better future. Seemingly ordinary moments can change the course of history. We can have a collective love in all that we set our minds to. But let us not forget that this collective love takes people, people that reciprocate this love from within. And so it begins here. It begins now.
BUILDERS OF THE NEVER BEFORE ARE TRAILBLAZERS, THEY PAVE THEIR OWN PATH AND STRETCH WHAT WAS THOUGHT TO BE POSSIBLE. IT'S A TWO PART PROCESS. IN ORDER TO BUILD SOMETHING THAT HAS NEVER EXISTED, ONE NEEDS TO DREAM SOMETHING THAT HAS NEVER BEEN DREAMT. BUT NOT ONLY ARE THESE PEOPLE DARING ENOUGH TO DREAM SOMETIMES THE IMPOSSIBLE, BUT THEY ARE ALSO PEOPLE OF ACTION WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.
CONQUEROR. BELIEVER. MOVER.
Storyteller, why do we dream? Why stretch ourselves to greater bounds? I believe in trusting that God will follow through. He sure followed through this collaborative. I believe that He displays His infallible love for us for reasons that become known when we obey His commands. But I understand that my life's story cannot replicate yours. I simply want to echo what The Simply Beloved conveys in their stories: rawness. I hope that this story can be a push of motivation for you to tell your story. Dreams do come true. We do not have to live ordinary lives when we are surrounded by epic possibilities. Help us as Builders of the Never Before better the future.
Based on a true story
~Ben Dulay, Storyteller
Head over to The Simply Beloved's blog entry about our collab:
Clothing - Builders of the Never Before Collection
Hair & Make-up - @siennahandy
Styling - @randomlyrayna
Photography - @lightsofminephotography, @mrscaptainkoch
Shoot Coordinator - @kawrysuh