We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaylee Kintz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaylee, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
From the age of 2, I started dancing. My mom was a studio owner, so I spent 7 days a week in a dance studio. I always knew I wanted to pursue a job in the arts. For 15 years, I was also a dance instructor. I loved every second of it. I actually ended up getting my degree in Elementary Education, but my passion for the arts always drew me back to teaching dance instead of teaching school. Some people are just meant to be creative beings and that was me! I feel happiest when I am creating works of art. That is what led to to take my background in dance and begin capturing that through dance photography.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been doing dance photography as a part time (side) job for the past five years. In July of 2020, I decided to finally make the switch to full time photography. It was terrifying to take that leap of faith. In the years prior, teaching dance had always been my main source of income and photography was just additional. I am incredibly blessed to have my husband Chris to lean on for support, both emotionally and financially. We just moved to Denver together to relocate for his new job. He encouraged me that now was the time to fully invest into my own business and dream. If it wasn’t for his support, I would have never been able to do it. Starting from “scratch” in a new location is always hard. Taking time to build new clients and get your name out there takes time. A major reason that I stand out in my industry is because I am also a dancer and dance instructor myself, so I am able to creatively pose my clients and make sure their technique is correct. My clients really appreciate that more than anything because there are so many photographers out there who do not have the knowledge to do that!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite places in Miami include the Miami Design District, South Pointe Park, and the Rusty Pelican for Brunch!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to take a moment and thank my good friend Carin. If it wasn’t for her, I would have never started as a dance photographer. She always believed in my talents and encouraged me to pursue them. Her two girls, Tayla and Skyla, were my first dance photography clients.. and still are to this day! They have become more than friends to me over the years. I truly consider them my family. Carin helped me get my work out there and brought me so many new clients. It has been amazing to watch my own growth over the years as a photographer and I am thankful to all the people who have believed in me along the way!
I have all rights, those are my images.