The Vessel Journal was founded by Fine Art Film Photographers Courtney Brown of Courtney Leigh Photography, and Jessica Sowyrda of Ever and Anon Photography. As creatives, we yearned for something more in this industry. Our hearts for Jesus, our love for our husbands and our devotion to motherhood is what gave us the inspiration to lay the foundation of Vessel.

Vessel is much more than just beautiful imagery. We value stories that are transparent and relatable to bring us to the heart of your family. At Vessel, we believe that as mothers, God has chosen us to be living vessels for His mercy and goodness, to expose in us a purpose and a voice so that we may share our stories and legacies of love with the world. We firmly believe that He uses ordinary people, broken vessels, like you and me, to accomplish his divine plan in ways that only He can, so that we might spread the joy and light of Christ living in our hearts.

As fine art film photographers ourselves, we value the raw, organic beauty of film and we would be honored to share your work on our online journal! If you have something new that hasn’t been published anywhere feel free to send it to us for consideration.

We hope that you find encouragement, inspiration, love and life here in this space.

“So take this heart, Lord, I’ll be your vessel, the world to see, your light in me.” – Hillsong