Kelsey Marden
photographer. writer. designer.

About

Baltimore storyteller with a passion for telling the untold stories of
this city.

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About Me

Hi! I'm Kelsey. I'm a photographer, writer, and designer who enjoys telling the untold stories of Baltimore through words and images. 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. Now, I'm out there pursuing my passions by sharing some of Baltimore's stories through photography and writing!

You can find me in one of the city's many coffee shops glued to my computer screen writing and editing photos; following Justin Tsucalas of Plaid Photo around the city in restaurants, bars, and Baltimore’s art scene as his photography assistant; or––if you're really lucky––pounding the pavement with Back on My Feet Baltimore three mornings a week at 5:30 a.m. I love this city!

Currently I photograph for the Baltimore Jewish Times, Terra's KitchenWhiteboxPlaid Photo, and Kira Nicole Photography and write/photograph for BmoreArt

Working in this industry, a lot of what you learn is essentially how to tell a story well. Whether it's conveying the significance of a brand, a news article, or a remarkable dish crafted by your favorite 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 the 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.