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Branden Harvey  Storyteller focused on the good in the world. ↯ Email: [email protected] // Snapchat: brandenharvey ↯ Host of 'Sounds Good' podcast.

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It was such an incredible honor to be invited to the White House by the White House social media team in 2015. I got to be the first person to make a Snapchat story inside the White House and one of the first visitors to have free access to photograph the historic home without any ropes or rules.
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(Okay, maybe a few rules. I DEFINITELY got in trouble from Secret Service for “accidentally” sliding down a banister and touching some 200 year old curtains.)
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As I think back on the last 8 years, I’m even more honored that I got to visit the White House during this past presidency. While I haven’t always agreed with every policy and decision from Barack Obama— I’ve developed a deep and profound respect for the man. His leadership, optimism, class, and communication have left an incredible impression on me.
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While I’ll miss him as President, I look forward to seeing the ways he’ll continue to inspire people like myself to be a part of creating the change we wish to see in the world. #ThankYouObama

A few months ago I got the chance to see John Lewis speak here in Nashville. We waited in line outside for hours. And when he came on stage the entire audience gave him a standing ovation.
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He spoke about his many years of fighting for justice alongside freedom fighters like Martin Luther King Jr. He shared stories of being beaten an inch from death and being thrown in jail again and again. But he also shared stories of celebration and dancing and laughter.
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The brave men and women who marched for freedom so that this country would be forever different knew they were getting into good trouble. And that's why they were able to still live with hope and joy despite experiencing more pain than most of us ever will.
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I'm going to tell my children about this experience one day— getting to learn from John Lewis: a living legend.
I hope that I'm also able to tell them my stories of getting into good trouble— of standing up for the oppressed and the downtrodden without worry of the consequences.
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Today I'm thankful for John Lewis, Martin Luther King, and so many freedom fighters who stood up against systematic injustice. And tomorrow and every day I get to do something about the injustices that continue to live on myself.
#goodtrouble #martinlutherking #mlk #blacklivesmatter

@sammiharveyco and I have loved having this quote from our friend @bradmontague up in our home this week. It's a simple reminder that joy is a rebellion against darkness. 🔦

Last year, somewhere around the beginning of 2016, I decided that my word of the year would be CREATE. I’d never really done the whole “word of the year” thing, but for some reason that word just kept sticking out to me.
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My job, for as long as I can remember, has been to be creative. Photography, social media, writing. It’s been amazing. You’d think that that would be enough to check off the CREATE box.
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All of the things I had poured my creativity into for years though were fairly ephemeral. They didn’t have much of a lasting impact. Or at least not in the way I wanted them to.
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I didn’t know it at the time, but I was craving to create something that was more lasting in 2016. It would be a shift for me.
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So I put my time and heart into creating a few things that felt like they mattered and would stick around for a while. And I had some of my favorite projects to date come out of that energy.
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📧 I created the Goodnewsletter, my weekly good news stories email, which has blossomed into a community of thousands of people who are focused on the good in the world.
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🎧 I created Sounds Good, my weekly podcast centered around conversations with the most optimistic and joyful people in the world all about mental health, social justice, and ambition.
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I can tell you it’s been the most fun I’ve ever had and it's filled me with a new energy to continue creating but also find a new word to focus on for the next year.
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I want to know, what are you focusing on this year? Do you have any sort of central theme you’re pushing yourself toward?

A few weeks back @sammiharveyco and I got to fly off to San Diego for a fun creative conference I was attending. We tacked on some extra days on both ends of the conference to hang out with new friends, eat lots of food, and soak up some sun. We loved it! San Diego is officially one of our favorite cities we've visited!

Here’s one more simple but fun shot I liked from my trip to Los Angeles. When I touched down and got the phone I was supposed to use for this sponsored campaign with @honorusa and @mashable, I immediately looked around for palm trees to photograph.
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Growing up in Washington State and only traveling around the Pacific Northwest for most of my childhood, I never got to see palm trees. I still get really excited every time I see them. Especially when it’s 72 and sunny with some nice golden light coming in. (LA Photo 3/3)

As a part of my trip to Los Angeles, @mashable sent a really talented writer, Steph, along to document the experience. At the beginning of the trip, when we were still at the airport, Steph jokingly told me that she didn’t want to be in any photos on the trip. I said that was totally fine and that I was psyched to photograph landscapes and buildings.
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But then she gave me the @honorusa phone I was supposed to use for the campaign and started kind of geeking out. There’s this depth of field setting that allows you to shoot photos with the dual lenses that create depth of field— and then after you’ve already shot the photo you can readjust the focus. It’s kind of unreal.
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I showed the photos I was getting to Steph and kindly asked if I could shoot some photos of her on a beautifully iconic ecoroof downtown. And even more kindly, she said yes! The photos I shot of her on the roof were some of my favorite of the whole trip.
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(This campaign may be sponsored but me geeking out about that camera setting is absolutely how I feel. I seriously can’t believe that kind of technology exists. It feels like it’s straight out of a movie!) (LA Photo 2/3)

First up in my series of photos from warm places I’ve visited recently: I wanted to share some photos I took during my time in Los Angeles. My friends at @mashable flew me out to LA to be in a commercial for the new @honorusa phone. ?!?!?!
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Here’s the basic premise: I got to take part in a scavenger hunt all over LA— really discovering the city— and of course, shooting tons of photos with the new phone. I’ve never really spent any time in LA so I absolutely loved the experience. I’m already planning my next trip back. But in the meantime, I’m sharing a few sponsored photos from the trip here on Instagram.
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One of the locations I was most excited about visiting was Venice Beach. This spot is absolutely iconic. I’ve seen a million photos on the beach, the boardwalk, in the water, and on the pier. Getting to spend the afternoon biking up and down the beach shooting photos was perfect. (LA Photo 1/3)

It's starting to get brrrrrr cold in Nashville. @sammiharveyco and I accidentally spent most of our summer traveling to places where it was winter. Whoops!
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Is it getting cold where you live?! How are y'all feeling about winter coming? What are you doing to stay warm?
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Because I'm not ready to let go of warm weather yet, I wanted to share some photos from a few recent warm trips we've taken recently that I somehow never posted about!
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First up: Los Angeles, then San Diego, then Orlando!

@sammiharveyco and I have had an incredible week celebrating our first wedding anniversary!
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This week has looked a lot like our first year of marriage: so much laughter, an equal amount of tears, a lot of creating, and a little bit of travel.
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We don't presume to be experts on any aspect of marriage or relationships yet. That's why we've largely shut up with publicly talking about our relationship this year. Hah. We've been putting our energy into figuring out this beautiful life-long thing together. And it's been beautiful.
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I'm so proud to be married to this sweet girl with the deepest heart and an incredible sense of adventure. I'm looking forward to another great year of learning from and with @sammiharveyco. 😘
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Photo by @kaileythompson

Huge congratulations to @caseyneistat for sharing his final vlog today!
A year and a half ago Casey— a phenomenal storyteller— challenged himself to create a new film every single day. Since he began, he's created some of his best work ever, brought people into a story in a way that nobody has ever been able to do, and inspired countless people in the process.
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After following Casey's work and being incredibly inspired by his approach to life for years, I got to meet him at his studio in New York shortly after he launched his vlog. (Shoutout to you if you can find the video I'm in!) He was enthusiastically kind, generous with his wisdom, and contagious with creative ambition.
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Today Casey announced that the video he uploaded today would be his final vlog. Once again, I'm incredibly inspired by Casey's ability to let go of something comfortable that's bringing him a lot of success in order to step into something new that'll push him creatively despite the fact that what's on the other side is a whole lot less certain.
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Congratulations on the leap, @caseyneistat. Risks should be celebrated and you deserve so much celebration. Cheers to the next adventure.

On Tuesday evening my heart dropped when it became clear that my candidate of choice no longer had a path toward victory and Donald Trump was to be named President elect.
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My heart has been sitting heavy since that moment. Not because I think my life will be worse off with this President— because as a straight, white, male, born in America, I will be largely unaffected. My heart has sat heavy because of the very real pain and heartbreak that so many of my friends feel right now. And that they may feel for the coming four years.
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I have so many friends that feel targeted, insulted, repulsed, marginalized and unsafe because of the words Donald Trump has said and the actions he's allowed many of his supporters to take in his name. Regardless of whether you do or don't support Donald Trump, the fear that many feel right now is very real.
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To my LGBT+ friends, Latino friends, immigrant friends, Muslim friends, black friends, female friends, refugee friends, disabled friends, friends who are sexual assault survivors— I love you, I see you, I'm for you.
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We love you. We see you. We're for you.
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While it's unclear whether our soon-to-be President will stand by the things he's been saying for years or choose to stand up for your rights— the last 48 hours has made it incredibly clear to me that there are so many of us who absolutely will stand up for your rights.
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In a lot of ways, this is a rallying cry for a lot of people like me. This is an opportunity to stand up and move the needle in a very real way.
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We will stay informed. We will stand up against injustice when we see it. We will peacefully protest. We will speak up. And we will continue to seek to understand those who are different than us— even those we disagree with.
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For many people, this week feels very scary. It's okay to be scared. Just know that you're not alone.
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We love you. We see you. We're for you.