Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Kelsie and I'm a wedding photographer based in Columbus, Ohio. Grab a cup of coffee (or in my case - a cup of hot chocolate!), a glass of wine or a bottle of coke and enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides and photographers, and getting a little peek into my life!
Books are one of the best ways to get encouragement as a small business owner. There’s just something about reading stories and lessons of those that have gone before you. Oftentimes, creatives are one-man operations, so we don’t have typical co-workers to bounce ideas off of. Illuminate is doing it’s best to cultivate community in […]
One of the most stressful parts of the wedding day for a wedding photographer (well at least it is for me!) is the dreaded family formals. These are something that we take every wedding, and if you take the time to set yourself up for success prior to the wedding day, you’ll be so thankful […]
I am so excited to share the styled shoot from the Refined Second Shooter 2.0 with you today!! Michelle & I poured our hearts into this workshop and I had so much fun planning this incredible styled shoot. We were going for a romantic, wintery vibe & our amazing team of vendors brought their gifts & […]
For all of you newbie photographers, you may be hearing the term RAW thrown around quite a bit. I remember when I first picked up a camera, I had no idea what RAW was, except that I was supposed to be using it. if you’re in the same boat that I once was in, you’re […]
Last week, Sam turned 29 on the 29th of January! What better way to celebrate your golden birthday with a glamour photoshoot! Sam & Jake are welcoming their little baby girl later this year, and I already know that she will be so loved by her parents and brothers. It was such a treat for me to […]
Katie and Jacob are so eager to welcome their baby girl into the world in just a few short weeks! I’ve known these two for several years (we went to high school together) so when Katie reached out about documenting this season for them, I was SO excited! Katie & Jacob were ALL smiles throughout […]
Brides, have you decided that you’re going to have a first look with your fiance on your wedding day? What a great option 🙂 If you haven’t fully decided, check out my main reasons why I always encourage creating time for a first look on your wedding day! Anyway, now that you’ve decided to do […]
Barn weddings are probably one of the most difficult venues to photograph. If you aren’t comfortable with your flash, they can be extremely stressful and you most likely won’t be happy with the results. The reason why they are so challenging is because they are filled with wood and you cannot bounce your flash, otherwise, […]
Do dark churches, give you the heeby-jeebies when it’s time to take family formals at the altar? What about reception halls with no windows, or even just regular evening receptions? What makes these scary for natural light photographers is the word that makes us all cringe: FLASH. In order for pictures to turn out in […]
I have just loved writing this blog series and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it! So far, I’ve shared about how I found my passion, why I started my business, some of the struggles
You wouldn't know it if I walked past you, or possibly even if we were friends. You might not know it even if you looked me in the eye. The one thing that I rely on
I am so incredibly thankful for the creative gifts I've been given. But let's be real, I wouldn't be able to do any of this if it weren't for Jesus. Do you know why?