Her photos are as warm and striking as her personality. Kayla Brint is the new kid on the block when it comes to locally owned businesses in downtown Texarkana. Her modest but quirky photography studio, Kayla Brint Photography, is her own piece of treasure-full of vintage finds and old, historic photos.
When Brint was a kid, she won her first DSLR camera and she remained more of a novice and hobbyist until college. She initially went to school for biology, but said thanks to organic chemistry, she quickly realized she wasn’t suited for that.
She was attending school at University of Texas-Arlington and didn’t want to return home to Texarkana quite yet, so she tried her hand as Visual Communication, mostly studying Graphic Design. It was during her senior year, in the midst of her studies, that she met her husband, a Texarkana native.
Brint was in love and she knew she had to return to Texarkana in order to continue her relationship. This wasn’t an easy decision for her, having to turn down an internship position at Neiman Marcus.
“I knew I had to come back to Texarkana if I wanted to be with him, so I cried all the way down I-30, but it was the best decision I ever made.”
She let out a robust laugh remembering the event.
“I do love being in business here, especially part of the art district. There is such a strong sense of community here and I feel like when I came back and opened my business people welcomed me with open arms and I am so appreciative of that . I give that credit to the town of Texarkana . It’s a great place to live and do business”
Brint even teaches a photography course once a semester at Texarkana College.
“It is so much fun, I have even taught people have won awards. What’s great is there are people in there who have a love of nature and a love of photography so they just want to be able to capture what they see. There was one lady who loved butterflies and traveled the country and submitted them to competition and won!”
Family is certainly a major passion for Brint too, stating her little boy is her entire world. She says working in her studio gives her the freedom she needs for her son.
“I love that he gets to be around his family. It’s the reason why I do this. He no longer has to be the last doctor appointment of the day and I haven’t missed a single milestone of his.”
Commemorating these milestones are what photographs are for. Brint stresses the importance of having family prints to her clients. She recalls how heartbreaking it was to hear how when she first began photography as a business, her clients never printed their photos.
“I am a luxury photography studio and I market to people who value photography and prints as an art. It’s important to have prints that they can pass down to future generations.”
“I worked at a museum at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History . I got to meet with curators and behind the scenes and saw how they preserved . It made me appreciate archival quality prints . Now there is a kiosk or target or wal-mart. Many people will ask why their photos are blue and that’s because they had them printed somewhere that wasn’t archival quality.”
The studio serves as vessel for the whole Kayla Brint Photography experience. She sits down with each client and individually analyzes what the goal is for their session and then once all the photos are edited and ready to be reviewed, Brint has the clients back at her studio for a special viewing.
“I serve drinks, snacks, and really encourage them to get comfortable and enjoy the occasion. Kids really enjoy seeing themselves on the big screen; they feel like celebrities”
She had to admit that her favorite photoshoot to date is one of her son.
“I try to do one session a month with him, but the older he gets , the harder it is, but I love to get to watch and see how much he has changed. I want everyone to get to experience that .”