ABOUT KELSEY

Hi friend!

JUST A SOUTHERN GAL WITH A LITTLE HOBBY TURNED FULL TIME DREAM JOB 

I'm so glad you've found my little section of this crazy internet world. I'm just a Nashville born + raised gal living in Richmond, VA. You can count on me to be your go-to gym buddy, coffee date, sunset chasing, personal hype girl that also probably watches too much TikTok.

If you would have told me that this little hobby of mine I had as a high school student would turn into a full time dream job as a small business owner and entrepreneur, I wouldn’t have believed you. You see, I’ve hustled for this job. I continued my education at James Madison University, even though I knew the Lord had a bigger plan for me. So, I continued this “hobby” of mine until one night, as I sat in my bed crying out of confusion and frustration, I heard the Lord say very clearly that this is what He had planned for me. I remember running to my mom and explaining to her that this is what I wanted to do. This is what I was meant to do. 

As a full time college student taking 16 credits a semester, I was also grinding in the business world to make this dream of mine my full time job. I missed out on a few football games and outings with friends while I photographed weddings on the weekends and seniors in the evenings, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I’m so grateful for those clients and friends in the beginning who encouraged and trusted me to capture their big moments. It led me to where I am now, and for that I am forever grateful! And as much as I love photography and capturing those big moments, what I found is that my heart behind it all comes from creating real and genuine connections with the people I get to work with. To make them feel loved and seen and beautiful and automatically be besties for life. 

THE TIMELINE

Watch me grow a hobby into a full time job

2008

Obsessed with America's Next Top Model and forcing my freinds to "model" for me

2011

Learning photography from brother who had just started photographing weddings

2014

Took a photography class in HS and really started to get the hang of manual settings. Entered lots of photography competitions!

2016

Unofficial official school photographer and graduated high school!

Moved to Virginia!

2015

My first wedding! Took pictures for my cousin who got married in our barn!

2016

Begin really loving photography, following photographers online and investing in their education while also starting community college

2017

Attended my first workshop and officially started Kelsey Marie Photography

2018

Booked out schedule! Weddings and seniors became my passion!

2021

Graduated from JMU and officially took on KMP full time! 

Relaunched the entire KMP brand to celebrate!

2019

Began school at James Madison University while continuing to grow my business in FXBG, 2 hours away

2022

Started the KMP YouTube channel and stepping into some educator roles for other small business owners!

these are a few of my

FAVORITE THINGS

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GO-TO WEEKEND TRIP

CHARLESTON, say the word and I’m there!

GUILTY PLEASURE

A beautiful spread of charcuterie

DRINK OF CHOICE

Vodka cran- any day of the week

Trader Joe’s Staple

Dark chocolate peanut butter cups - omg

FAV FOOD

Avocado toast, or avocado anything honestly

JUST FOR KICKS AND GIGGLES

• Give me a shopping spree and I’m heading straight to Lululemon

• Road trip through Italy is on the top of my bucket list

• Rainy days are meant for being snuggled up on the couch and binge watching Gilmore Girls or Keeping Up with the Kardashians

• Can't live without my Anthropologie candles

• On any given day you can find me at the gym weightlifting and probably skipping cardio

CHAT WITH ME

MEET CHIP

TWO OTHER KMP FAVORITES

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Chip and I have been together since March 2021. We met in the middle of the pandemic 2020, but didn't start dating until a year later. June 20, 2022, he asked me to be his WIFE! I could not feel any more lucky or blessed to have someone like him. He's goofy and silly, sweet and kind, but also a fearless leader. Chip proudly serves our country in the Army Reserves and protects our community on the daily as a Police Officer. You might just see him on your shoot snagging some behind the scenes for me ;)

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MEET ALFIE

Alfie is the newest member of the fam! Born on April 26th, and came home with me on June 20th. He is the cutest ball of fluff you ever did see. His paws are currently too big for his tiny body, so he kind of just flops around everywhere he goes! He is FULL of energy and loves to gnaw on anything in sight. His favorite toys are his snuggle blanket and his stuffed puppy he sleeps with every night. You will most definitely hear me talk about him at your shoot, and if you want, because I know you do, follow him on insta! @alfie_thegoldenboyy

JOIN ME ON YOUTUBE

Free education for photographers and a few fun life things as well!

Join me every Wednesday for a new Youtube video! Behind the scenes of shoots, helpful tips and tricks for your senior photography business, some fun life vlogs, and overall just a place for you to come and relax!

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