This is a blog post I thought I’d never write, but my goodness, I’m grateful to be writing it. For most of my adult life photography has been my focus. It’s been a creative outlet, a passion, something I excel at and a source of income for my family. There’s a large part of my identity that is firmly tied up in Katie McGihon-the Photographer.
In the early months of 2017, I felt something shifting, as if I were uncomfortable in my own skin. Looking back I can see that the Lord was calling me to let go of at least a part of my photographer identity, an identity that I clung to dearly, and root myself more firmly in Him. I’ve taken time to dig deep into His word and worked hard to identify hurts that I hadn’t let heal. I also felt like I was being called into ministry. I didn’t know when or how, but full-time ministry was on my heart in a major way. Scott and I prayed separately and together that the Lord would make a way for the longing in my heart to become a reality. We pursued different paths, different job opportunities, even a different state and still nothing. However, He had a plan for me all along.
Where there is no way you make a way.
I’m thrilled to share that I’ve officially accepted a position at Southwest Church as the new Video Director. I can’t believe I get to say that!
I won’t be sharing all of the details, disappointment, heartaches, rebellious moments and more that lead up to this, but I can assure you that the journey has been long. I can now see why certain doors were closed, why certain paths lead to dead ends. This new season is already a sweet one and I’m just in awe of how the Lord was orchestrating it all along. I’m also particularly thankful for a certain team of people who saw potential in me even when I couldn’t see it in myself.
SO – what does this mean for current KMP brides? Nothing. I’m still available and excited to be a part of the few, precious weddings I currently have booked. Moving forward, however, things will be very different. I’ll no longer be accepting Saturday and Sunday weddings.
At this time, I feel I can reasonably accept a handful of Friday weddings per year. This is a huge shift in my business model and I’m excited about it. I feel this new season allows me to let photography be what it should be for me – art. It’s no longer a hustle, a computer that calls to be from my office while I should be reading with my children, an obsession that I can’t break. It’s no longer a perfect Instagram account with daily posts and correlating, popular hashtags.
I feel the weight lifting already.
In the coming weeks/months, you’ll start to see small shifts in my brand identity as I delve deeper into who my ideal client is and how I can best serve her. I’m excited about this refining process! The KMP Shop is currently on hold as I ease into this new role and decipher how many responsibilities I can reasonably manage while working full time/being a wife/mom to three.
Friends, thank you for praying for me through this season. Thank you for your sweet calls, texts and encouraging words. This is an exciting adjustment for our family and your support truly means the world to me.