PHOTOGRAPHER | ARTIST
Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, Ilikea Ferge is a mother, a wife, and an amazing photographer. When she's not being a bad ass mama or taking breathtaking photographs, you can find her expressing herself with a paintbrush and canvas. We have actually teamed up with her to take a few photos for to be used in various stories. And now, we finally had a chance to speak to her about her photography and how it has impacted her life, and how she impacts lives of others through this art of worship.
SO ILIKEA, TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER AND HOW PHOTOGRAPHY BRINGS VALUE IN WHAT YOU BELIEVE.
Without a doubt in my mind photography allows me to take capture the moments in life that God has specifically orchestrated. Memories that could never be replaced. It has also given me a deep appreciation for the world around me. If you turn on the television to any news channel; in a matter of minutes you'll wish you had not. Our world is so corrupt and it breaks my heart. But photography, when you look through the little view finder, it's as if you're looking at everything through our Creator's eyes. You appreciate the little things in life. A sunrise, sunset, a smile, people holding hands as they walk along side together, and the list goes on!
OH, COMPLETELY! AND I BET YOU GET THOSE AMAZING VIEWS ALL THE TIME. DOES WHERE YOU LIVE — AND HAVE LIVED — INFLUENCE WHAT YOU DO IN ANY WAY?
Well, I was born, raised, and still currently live in Kaneohe (located in Oahu, Hawaii). And personally, Kaneohe has to be the most beautiful town on Oahu. Just throwing that out there! (laughs) Living here, it makes it super easy to do what I love to do. You have the gorgeous Koolau Mountains behind you and the vast ocean in front of you. Everywhere you look is beautiful, and I guess that is something that I enjoy.
WHAT IS WORSHIP TO YOU?
Worship, I used to think was only singing songs unto God, but as my relationship with Him grew closer, I realized that it's not just singing but it's really whatever you are passionate about. There is a different passion in each of us that I believe God has planted in the core of our being. For example, my husband is one of the most musically talented people I know! Now, I love music just as the next guy, but nowhere near as much as he does. And it's the same with my passion. If I take a picture of a sunrise — I see a beautiful masterpiece, the details, the colors, the tears... Oh, the tears! It's breath-taking. My husband, he sees a pretty sunrise — nothing more, nothing less. So worship is not only singing, dancing or playing an instrument. It is when we ask God to share in our passions, our hopes, and our dreams — and in the end, giving Him all the credit and the glory. Now that is what I would consider to be worship.
HOW DO YOU USE PHOTOGRAPHY AS A MEANS OF WORSHIP?
I consider photography as a form of worship in my life. It's funny because I'm one of the only people in my family who doesn't play five million instruments. And sure, I can hold a tune, but singing has never been more than just a shower gig to me. On the other hand when it comes to photography, I feel like a little kid playing hide-and-seek with her Dad! God is giving me all these clues, waiting for me to find Him. I try to make sure I bring Him along with me to every photo shoot I do. From start to finish I need Him there. Worship isn't only about singing or playing an instrument as I stated before, it requires a little more than that — it requires action. You are inviting God into every aspect of your life through worship. Over the years I noticed that when I don't invite God with me, everything seems to go wrong! He is my Peace, my Love, and my Helper.
IN YOUR OPINION — WHAT DOES THE WORLD NEED MORE OF?
I honestly feel like the world not only needs more people who are simply willing to love as Jesus Christ loved and still loves, but the world needs more people who are willing to be themselves — wholly and truly selves!
In Psalms 139, it says that, "We are fearfully and wonderfully made..." Why be someone else when God has made only one of you? We all want to be loved and liked by everyone, but I've realized that not everyone is going to like you and that is ok. We have to live with the mindset and a heart for those who do not have the one person who is able to anchor our souls to His love. God created us all with a plan and purpose for our lives. (Jeremiah 29:11) And if we are so set on trying to be someone else; how will we ever fully live the life God intended? BeYOUtiful.