Esther Havens

Esther Havens is a humanitarian photographer capturing stories that transcend a person's circumstances and reveal their true strength. For many years, she has worked on social-awareness campaigns with organizations such as charity: water, TOMS Shoes, Warby Parker and Malaria No More.

Her images compel thought and challenge action. She has traveled to over 60 nations in the last 10 years -- and she'll keep going until she sees that every person on the planet has access to education, clean drinking water and a job to provide for their families. At heart, she is a connector, fostering relationships across continents, cultures, industries and perspectives. While not traveling, Esther is currently home-based in Dallas, TX at WELD.

Humanitarian I Photography I Faith
Keynote I Panel I Photography Workshop

Past Engagements

  • IF Gathering

  • Catalyst Conference

  • Southwestern Photojournalism Conference

  • The Barefoot Tribe Conference

  • The Justice Conference

  • Story Conference (Chicago, IL)

Travel Info

Departing From:
Dallas, TX

Esther’s heart and passion for people and for story-telling is contagious and her vast experience with different cultures, and in countries throughout the world has positioned her as an expert student of people and societies. She communicates big ideas and complex fears in a disarming and relatable manner, seeking to help others understand and grasp new ideas or truths. Esther is a natural teacher, with a genuine desire to help open peoples eyes to see the story and the image of God in every person.
— Vickie Reddy - Executive Producer of The Justice Conference and founder of We Welcome Refugees
One of Esther’s greatest gifts is she truly sees people and that seeing translates into a deeper understanding of the needs and the potential in those she serves. These are some of the most important qualities in effective communication and these qualities always come out when Esther speaks. It’s as if she wears special glasses and in her communicating she shares those glasses with all of us. Anyone who has sat under her teaching sees the world and the people in it in new and compassionate ways.
— Jennie Allen - Founder of IF:Gathering and Author of Nothing to Prove
Esther Havens combines inspiration and creativity, along with an amazing ability to share stories that will astound and stir your audience. While also providing practical advice to help the average leader get better and lead well. I highly recommend having her involved with your next event, conference, or gathering.
— Brad Lomenick Founder, BLINC, Author, H3 Leadership & The Catalyst Leader