Hello and welcome to the KLP blog! My name is Kelsie and I'm a wedding & portrait photographer based in Columbus, Ohio. Grab a cup of coffee (or in my case - a chai latte), 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.
Let’s be honest friends. Life is hard. Owning a business is hard, and it isn’t for the faint of heart. We all come across trials in our lives, whether it’s something personal or something business related for my fellow creativepreneurs. I’ve shared before some of the struggles that I’ve faced as a young entrepreneur, specifically with the struggle of comparison (here), but I want to reiterate something again today. Through all of those set backs, do you know what keeps me grounded? Jesus.
Every time that I feel defeated, unworthy, trampled on, or not good enough to make it in this industry, my thoughts go back to Jesus. He is where my strength comes from. He is my provider, my healer, my comforter. I know that with him all things are possible and that he has already orchestrated my life before me, especially what plans he has in store for my business. He knows that my confidence took a hit when a potential client booked someone else. He knows that I don’t feel loved when I lose followers (but let’s be real. 1) I’m not in this for the followers and 2) everybody’s followers go up and down!). He knows my heart and He cares for it deeply.
I have been very vulnerable about my faith in my business because it’s who I am. It’s a huge part of me that overflows into other areas of my life. It’s the foundation for my business and the driving force behind it. Friends, I want you to know, whether you are hurting now or have been in the past, beauty comes from the ashes and my God is a God of redemption. He restores us. Makes us new. And provides for us in ways that we could never imagine. If you don’t know him, please reach out and I would love to share Him with you. Now I am by no means perfect, but God isn’t in the business of saving perfect people. He loves us just as we are: imperfectly perfect. Regardless of the situation, good or bad, my strength comes from the Lord. I’m continuing to learn to lean on Him, and I’m learning that it is so worth it. The struggles that we face in this industry are inevitable, but we were never meant to face them on our own. Coming together in community has also been such a blessing.
I can’t remember if I have shared this on my blog, but this is one of my favorite songs. The message it shares is so true and so deep. However, my favorite part isn’t the actual song, but the words spoken at 6:45. You’ll get the full effect if you watch all the way through, but skipping ahead to 6:45 will do too 🙂
I know that this has nothing to do with photography, and that song didn’t really fit this post. But it has everything to do with Jesus which means it’s applicable to my business. I love you, and Jesus loves you friends!