Happy “Hope” Day!

  • Easter 2016

Sometimes I feel like I’ve said the same thing for so long that it won’t make an impact. However, I know that that’s just a lie I’m believing. And the more I think about it, the more I feel convicted that there are just some things that can NEVER be shared too much! I’ve shared time and time again that my business is not my own. I don’t mean that someone else owns my company…. but kind-of. The thing is, I share a lot about my faith but I hope it never comes across and gimmicky or self-serving because here’s the truth: Without knowing what I LIVE for, my LIFE won’t make sense to you.

Let me re-phrase. If you want to understand why I have freedom in my business and freedom from the pressures of the industry and freedom from the world’s standards of success, you have to know more about me than just that I’m a wedding photographer. You need to know that my business is not my own. I honestly believe that my ability to take beautiful images and my ability to relate to people and run a profitable business was given to me for a purpose that is much greater than just paying my bills. I believe I’m a wedding photographer because that is how God decided that He can best use me! And you know why this is so important TODAY…..because of YESTERDAY!!

Yesterday we celebrated Easter. We sang at church… we wore cute outfits…. we waited in long lines for lunch with the fam… and sometimes in the chaos of “Easter”, we forget about how much it transforms our life on a day to day basis…..

God is perfect in every way. He is GOOD, RIGHTEOUS and He is MIGHTY. I’m not good. I’m naturally selfish and unkind. I mess up every day in some way, shape or form. Because God is SO good, we couldn’t have a connection to him. He literally couldn’t be connected to sin…. until Jesus. Jesus took on all of our sin, all of our crap, all of our selfish ways… all of the BAD parts of us and he died in order to pay for the sin of the world so that we could have a relationship with God. This sets me FREE. Why? Because I have given my life to Jesus. I don’t think we were put on this earth just to make money, get married, have babies, get old and die. I think we have a much GREATER purpose for our lives. I exist on this earth to share the joy that comes from knowing Jesus… from being forgiven… from not living for myself. I have a purpose that is so much bigger than taking pictures… I’m supposed to LOVE people. And I’m not supposed to LOVE PEOPLE because it makes me feel awesome about myself (think about it… that’s just a manipulated version of selfishness and it backfires when people don’t meet your expectations). I love because JESUS loved…. and He loved unselfishly. Living for yourself is overrated…. you’ll NEVER be happy… even during success. You’ll never feel like the void in your life is filled and you could spend your whole life trying to fill it!!

This is why EASTER MATTERS. Easter is the reminder and the celebration of the fact that Jesus died for us and yet he wasn’t defeated. He didn’t die and that was it…. He died and he rose again. He wasn’t taken over by death and the sins of the world… how sad would that be? Instead, He took on the pain and the mockery and the persecution and rose on the third day to show that in the end, God wins. Good wins. Eternal purpose WINS. I don’t know where you are but I hope that this post serves as a reminder that there is HOPE. There is a bigger picture to your life and I hope you fight to see it. Because of Easter… we have HOPE. Because of Easter, I could completely crash my business into the ground but my purpose remains the same. I could still point people to Jesus without a camera in my hand!!!

If your life is the furthest thing from hopeful… don’t give up… and more importantly… don’t SETTLE. Living without HOPE and PURPOSE is miserable and I don’t wish that on anyone. You can have HOPE!!! It’s waiting for you! If you’re a believer, live your life this week with the daily reminder that you’re forgiven, you’re loved and you have a divine calling on your life. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, it’s ok. There is so much waiting for you, friends. The fact that you read through this entire blog post of my ramblings means that God is drawing you in. Don’t ignore it. Lean into it and then watch out… because a life full of HOPE is a life transformed and it’s powerful!!

So Happy Easter….. or should I say…

“Happy Hope Day”!!

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xoxo, Katelyn
20 Comments Personal
  1. Cinnamon reply

    Love this and love you! Thank you for sharing the truth!

  2. Sarah reply

    Beautiful post and right on- Thank you for sharing this important message for everyone that needs Him! Romans 10:9-10

  3. Jeana Rutledge reply

    I have been following you only since before Christmas and I knew there was something different about you! I am new to wedding photography and I ordered the Bundle…I learned so much and was able to apply ALOT to a wedding I shot just the very next weekend! As a fellow Christian, I love your story, your passion and your willingness to share your knowledge with others. I took the webinar just a couple of weeks ago and I was captivated… I could not wait to order the consistency course! And I have enjoyed every second of it… I can’t wait until the next video!! I feel like we are old friends..haha! Thank you for inspiring me to be a better person, a better photographer but most more importantly a better Christian! Have a great week!

  4. Amy reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this Katelyn!! It was definitely something I needed to hear this morning and I appreciate you consistently discussing the ultimate purpose of your business and life!

  5. Angela reply

    I’ve been following your blog ever since you shot Natalie Franke’s wedding, and your images are undoubtedly beautiful, but I have to say that it is your heart for the Lord and other people that keeps me tuning in to all your latest posts! To echo your sentiments to Chip Gaines when y’all ran into him in Waco, it’s incredible to see how you and Michael are using your gifts and platform to be a beacon of positivity and inspiration to bring glory to God!

  6. Elizabeth Gelineau reply

    Beautiful post Katelyn! <3

  7. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Beautifully expressed! Thank you for living out your testimony!

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  9. Anna Grace Paulovkin reply

    PREACH!! I love this Katelyn thanks for being vulnerable and honest. Our world and industry needs more of it! You are walking so beautifully in God’s calling over your life and I am grateful to be a part of it. Love you!!!

  10. Melody reply

    This is a beautiful post xoxo

  11. Tessa reply

    SO beautiful and true!

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  13. Esther reply

    This could not resonate more deeply with me. Like the many others comments – this is beautiful and TRUE. Thank you for being faithful to live out truth. I know I don’t know you personally, but I am so thankful to have found “you” as a leader in the industry and that I can truly look up to in every way.
    I’ll be praying God continues to use you and your husband to bless those HE puts in your way.


  14. Tate reply

    “because a life full of HOPE is a life transformed…” Beautiful! <3

  15. Arielle Peters reply

    Hey Katelyn! I just wanted to shoot you over a message of encouragement from a sister in Christ to never stop sharing things like this! I love your heart and the fact that you are still going strong for Jesus even with your large number of people following who could be “offended”. It definitely makes me thankful that your example can spur women like me on to never stop sharing the hope that we have been given! You never know who will stumble across it for the first time or be encouraged by it to continue sharing because you do :) Really admire and look up to you (definitely as a photographer and business owner) but mostly as a woman who is pursuing the Lord fiercely. Thank YOU!

  16. Susie reply

    Amen! Thank you for sharing your faith and also your business secrets! I’m thankful to have the opportunity to learn from you in the Consistency Course but also share a faith in Jesus Christ! That’s the best connection to know you’re a sister in Christ & fellow photographer!

  17. Didi reply

    Katelyn, this brought tears to my eyes as I read it. I am a Christian, but before I came to know you, I was living my life and my photography work for my own benefit which gave me no joy. Since knowing you and Michael, too, my photography has taken on a whole new meaning in my life. I now use my God-given talent to bring joy and love into others lives. My photography is a talent for service to God. Easter brought a tremendous joy and hope into my heart for you and Michael and for the lives that I have touched and will continue to touch. Prayers for you Katelyn for sharing your faith and helping me to see the “other side” of my photography. We are so blessed to know you.

  18. Khaled Mosli reply

    Thanks Katelyn for sharing this post. I’ve accepted Jesus Christ last year and I’m learning about him everyday since then. I truly appreciate you sharing this boldly. It brings me such job to know that I’m blessed…we’re all blessed. Thanks again!

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