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Meet Kaylee Garrett of Realkayls in Santa Clarita

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaylee Garrett.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kaylee. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After wanting a camera for years, I finally bought my first one at eighteen after moving out on my own for the first time in Maui. I started driving around the island taking pictures along the way with a friend I worked with because she was also into photography. Shortly after, I moved to Los Angeles with my sister (Madison Mae), I soon realized I loved shooting with people more than shooting landscapes. I started working with our mutual friends in LA in my free time and was making connections with great people along the way, like Soni Bringas, Garrett Wareing, and Bella Podaras for example. Since music is my first love, I found my calling for concert photography after working with a band called PCL and having an opportunity to shoot for them during part of their US tour in 2018. Opening alongside Hold Close with PVMNTS and WSTR co-headlining. I was in awe of the feeling I got while being able to be apart of the energy on stage with the band and feeling the drums replace my heartbeat. Since then, I’ve been focusing more on developing my own personal style with my concert photography, working with Gravesend, and keeping my hopes up for what’s to come when the music industry opens up again, post COVID19.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being a photographer there are always struggles with getting consistent work or being taken seriously in general. For me, I think the biggest obstacle has been trying to succeed in an industry that is predominantly male. That being said, I hope that I’ll be able to represent and inspire other female concert photographers to keep pushing with their work and to not give up.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I specialize in live concert photography, portraits, and behind the scenes work for different types of projects. I’m most proud of my concert and portrait work because that is what I’m most passionate about shooting. I think my work reflects my personality and who I am as a person, but I take a lot of pride in the quality of my work and my turnaround time for clients.

What were you like growing up?
According to my mom, I was “creative and bossy, typical oldest child behavior” which I can’t say I disagree with. I think my best friend growing up was my pink portable CD player with my name written in sharpie on the back, at least until I upgraded to a green MP3 player. My favorite albums that I obsessed over as a kid were Paramore’s “Brand New Eyes”, Nickleback’s “All the Right Reasons”, and Nico Vega’s self-titled album. I definitely turned to music to both better understand myself and to escape reality. I also remember always trying to write novels, which at ten years old were pretty silly. I loved drawing, reading books on the couch, and watching movies, all of which I still do.

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