SOULFUL ILLUSIONS STUDIOS

Photography by Brandi Thomas

SOULFUL ILLUSIONS STUDIOS

Photography by Brandi Thomas

A Tribute to Kaylee Anne Priscu

R.I.P. 4-21-2017

Lots of people can't give you their WHY in life.  Well I can and her name is Kaylee Anne Priscu.  I met Kaylee working as a makeup artist at Creepyworld Haunted House.  She was a very BEAUTIFUL young lady, spoiled as they come, and very popular; however was hiding pain that teenage girls deal with on a daily and no one even knew.  As I came to know Kaylee and hear her story of being bullied I began to see the self doubt and negative self image she had as a result of this torture.  Through conversation Kaylee expressed her passion to be a model.  I had some connections and through those was able to get Kaylee a gig as a ring girl.  Now here is where SHE changed my life and didn't even realize it.  Kaylee needed some photos taken to start a modeling portfolio; now I used to take photos back in my day and ALWAYS wanted to be a photographer but LIFE gets in the way and I had to put my dream aside to raise babies.  One cold day in January 2017 I met up with and took photos of Miss Kaylee and that is the day I remembered why I loved this so much.  The way those photos made her feel, the smile on her face (even when I said smile with no teeth lol).  THAT was my why, that was my calling, that is what I was put here to do.   Over the next few months Kaylee would SOAR  and even won Miss January in a calendar girl search.  She was well on her way to being famous and all that self doubt and pain was slowly starting to fade away and it all started with those few photos.   Unfortunatley on April 21st, 2017 only 3 short months later Kaylee was taken from us in a tragic car accident.  A girl who had her life together and was only just starting to realize her place in the world; a girl I made a promise to (if you are willing to work hard, I promise you will be famous).  I never got to tell her how much that ONE shoot changed my life.  I now take her spirit with me, she is in all my work, my success is her success and there will never be a moment I don't honor her.  The why for Soulful Illusions Studios is and always will be Kaylee Anne Priscu.  #foreverfamous #kpproject