I was named Seventeen Magazine's "Fave Storyteller" in their October issue.
Mashable said, "With 100,000 followers and counting, Branden Harvey's uplifting message of hope and dignity is giving the internet a meaningful dose of medicine."
"Your hair looks like an ice cream swirl."
—Lots of strangers say this. (It's true.)
Hi, I’m Branden!
I’m a storyteller focused on the good in the world.
What does being a storyteller mean to you, Branden?
I’m fortunate enough to have worked for myself for a long time. I started to shooting photos professionally at 16. But I never really felt content with my work until I started using photography to tell stories. Specifically, celebratory and hopeful stories. (You can read more about that process here.)
While I still shoot a lot of photos, what I do has evolved to a point where I tell stories in all kinds of ways.
Where are you telling stories now?
I like to think of my main mediums for storytelling as my podcast, Sounds Good, my weekly Goodnewsletter, and social media. Sounds Good has quickly become a popular podcast and The Goodnewsletter is now a community of thousands of people celebrating good news. My captions and photos on Instagram have been featured in Fortune Magazine, Mashable, and Esquire and I was nominated for a Shorty Award for Snapchatter of the Year. Twice. (I got beaten by DJ Khaled, of course.)
I’m also constantly seeking new ways to tell stories that matter.
Why are you focused on the good in the world?
This is my favorite question.
I’ve always been incredibly optimistic. (Probably even too optimistic at times.) But as I’ve traveled the world and filled my life with new experiences, I’ve been woken up to the many injustices in the world.
It’s really hard to not get overwhelmed with cynicism when you meet women in Uganda who were raped by Joseph Kony and his soldiers, meet orphaned children in the Philippines who huff glue to desensitize theirselves to their hunger, and see firsthand the racial injustices that continue to permeate your own country.
Cynicism shuts down our ability to take action and be a part of ending injustices in the world. And so I’m doing whatever I can to keep that spark of hope alive and bring together others who are choosing to be a part of that same journey.
The world is filled with these people shrugging off cynicism and making an impact in the world. I’m celebrating these people and their efforts because I believe it gives myself and others courage to follow in their footsteps.
Want to join me?