You may know me as just a photographer, videographer, artist etc. or not know me at all, but I promise there's a story on how I got here. Let me first introduce myself, my name is Kailey Barnes, a 21 year old woman, born and raised, in Cumming, Georgia, I shoot all over the country but right now mainly in the south east hemisphere. I do weddings, family, event, seniors, real estate, boudoir, sports, and more! I am a travel junkie, currently saving up to renovate a van into a mobile home so I can work and live anywhere at anytime but also just for the experience and to see the world God made. I am thankful that my family supports me as a creator, but at first they didn’t agree with my “hobby” being my career path. Yes, being an artist and solely relying on that as "income" is hard for many people to understand, and it comes with it’s challenges, I do admit. BUT it is what makes me happy and if you do what you love, the money will come. So, How did I get here? My dad would always say, “Well, what’s your backup plan?”, I always told him there isn’t one. I never had a Plan B, I never wanted one. To me Plan B means Plan A could fail, but I feel if you have one plan and one thing you are passionate about it wont ever fail because 100% of you is focused on that, and there is no energy going into a plan b. My love for photography and videography began when I was super young, I lived for disposable cameras, especially under water ones haha! I always picked up our "family cameras" and took pictures of EVERYTHING and recorded EVERYTHING. I got my first DSLR for Christmas when I was 12 years old, that's right, the little Canon Rebel everyone had! As I grew older and learned manual and all that jazz, I knew I needed to upgrade, I ended up getting a 7D when I was 15, from a good friend of mine and then I started highschool. Let me tell you, I was pumped because I wanted to take Photo Class, but first I had to take Art to enter, which was fine because I loved to paint and draw. My freshman year flies by and guess what... they didn't have enough people interested to keep Photo class and ended up getting rid of it. So I took Journalism, but to be honest I hated it. My creativity was limited and drowned out by too many rules and logistics that I didn't care about. I would even skip that period to go work on Art in the artroom (Sorry mom & dad!) and chat with my art teacher. One day we got to chatting about Photo class, and by one day, I mean I went to her room every day until junior year and annoyed her because I wanted to take it so bad. We made a deal, If I got enough people interested in Photo class, she would talk to the super intendant and see if we could bring Photo back! So what did I do? I passed out flyers, put it on social media, and basically went to the ends of the earth as a high schooler for this class, and voilà! My senior year, Photo 1 was back! I finally got to take the class, which ended up being mostly film cameras, manual settings, some history, and developing in the darkroom, and by that point I had already learned alot threw youtube and self teaching, but I couldn't have been happier. I graduated in 2018 from highschool and went to KSU to cheer competitively and I was happy but I didn't have anytime to pursue my photography or videography, Hell, I didn't even get to see my friends most the time. I ended up moving home in 2019, still attended and cheered at KSU but did some online classes and then rejoined my all-star squad at ATA Cheer, and became a National Champion, guess I just had some unfinished business God wanted me to take care of. After that I actually became a Coach at ATA and started making hype videos for the gym after competitions, and around that same time I started to shoot at concerts and festivals and really got into my favorite realm as a creator. I bought myself new equipment including my current camera, the Eos R, and I had planned some shoots the first few months into the new year. I was in touch with some of my most listened to artists and management teams that were ready to take me on tour. My dream. Things were looking up! Right? Guess what, it's 2020! Yep! Covid 19! Everything stops. The world's in a panic. You know, you were there too! It SUCKED. What did I do? Well I cried alot, but then I binge watched Tiger King like everyone else did. I started working on myself and my skills. Was learning from youtube videos and listened to podcast, and started thinking about where I want to be when all this craziness is over. I’m not going to lie, Quarantine basically pushed me to get better and think.... A LOT. It was an opportunity to learn alot of new things; I bought a drone and gimbal to play with, started getting on facebook and learned how to market myself in a different direction, and made connections with other creators in the midst of all the craziness. I bettered myself, and ultimately bettered my work. So now we are here, in 2021! I’m still learning, we all are, but I am thankful for those who have supported me in this journey and booked me or told their friends and family about me, because you guys have really helped make it to this point, and I hope to keep pushing forward and capture all of your moments! I can't wait to see the oppurtunites 2021 has in store for all of us and see some familiar and new faces!
No Plan B’s. Do what you love. -K