Kelsey Marden
photographer. writer. designer.


Baltimore-based storyteller with a passion for telling the untold stories of this world.

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About Me

Hi! I'm Kelsey. I'm a writer, photographer, and designer who enjoys telling the untold stories of the world through words and images. And I love my job.

Currently, I get to write some pretty powerful stuff. I tell compelling stories of vulnerable people all over the world so that International Justice Mission can continue doing what they're doing: protecting the poor from violence and working to end slavery in our lifetime.

And I want to spend my life telling people's stories. People like you. Because whether you believe it or not, your story has the power to change things.

Whether you're a humanitarian organization, a city publication, or a local restaurant, I can help you share your story in a way that engages whoever comes across your content. And motivates them to do something.

Some of my clients include: World Relief, Back on My Feet Baltimore, BmoreArt, The Baltimore Jewish Times, Blue Fork Marketing, Baltimore magazineWhiteboxPlaid Photo, and Kira Nicole Photography

I graduated with a bachelor’s in business communication by taking the minimum amount of business courses in order to fill my schedule with journalism and design. And now, I'm out in the world pursuing my passions through writing and photographing stories much like yours!

Working in this industry, you learn daily what's needed to tell a story well. Whether it's motivating donors to give through compelling stories, connecting with readers in a news article, or sharing a remarkable dish crafted by a local restaurant, it all entails telling a story, and the success or failure of that story depends on how you tell it. To me, what really makes any story worth telling is what's behind it: people. That's why I believe that every person has a story worth telling. And I want to be that channel through which these stories are told.

So I said I believe that everyone has a story worth telling, right? Well here's a little bit of mine...

I’ve adopted the idea that my life is one long story and I want to tell my story well.

I'm Baltimore born and raised. I have a heart for this city and see its crazy potential. Growing up, I was known for telling "stories" and loved thinking I could spin my dreams into realities by convincing others of them. Let's just say, when I was between the ages of 4-7 I left a lot of people scratching their heads about where I lived and what kinds of pets I had (my poor teachers).

I've always been on a bit of a different path in life. A story in and of itself, I experienced a lot of health issues that transferred me in and out of different schools and forced me to miss out on typical adolescent experiences every child should enjoy. But I didn't let this define me. Instead, I crafted my love for stories during these years by pressing my head into a good book or engrossing myself in movies.

Like I said, it's been a bit of a different path, but I wouldn't change it for the world. Partly, because it's given me a strength and an ability to persevere that I wouldn't otherwise have, and partly because I've adopted the idea that my life is one long story and I want to tell my story well.

In owning my personal story, I've gained a huge appreciation for other people's stories and a passion for telling them. This is why my logo features a quotation mark. It's my favorite punctuation mark because I get to use it after I've sat down with somebody and listened to their stories. I hope my life's story is filled with quotation marks!

Sparked your interest? Let me tell your story.