Turning a hobby into a career


Harwood poses for a picture with her gear (courtesy of Kelcee Harwood).

By Madison Goforth

Some hobbies fade after a week, some after a year.

But for one student it hasn’t faded yet.

Kelcee Harwood, a senior sports broadcasting major with a studio art minor and emphasis in photography said she got her first camera in high school taking a trip to New York.

“My first photo drew me in,” she said. “The black and white contrast with the eclectic restaurant in the background was so beautiful to me.”

During her sophomore year Harwood began to get involved with different organizations on campus as their photographer. She is now the chief photographer for theEnd as well as a photography intern for TCU Athletics.

“I started just going to the baseball games by myself and shooting the team from the stands,” she said. “I started posting my work online and the players started asking me for the photos. From there it just kind of took off.”

Harwood Photography

Harwood started to gain confidence in her photos and started a professional website, Instagram and even has her own watermark.

In December of 2016 she took a chance on a twitter Q & A from one of her favorite artist, Josh Abbott.

“I asked if I could shoot a show, not expecting anything back,” she said. “Next thing I knew I had a direct message from Josh Abbott with a phone number of who to call for his next show.”

Harwood has photographed Abbott and other country artist at Watershed, Wash., Jab Fest in West Texas, and many rising stars in Nashville, Tenn.

“The hardest part for a beginner is getting your foot in the door,” she said. “Most everything in the beginning is on your own dime.”

Harwood said she thinks she has gotten over the beginning slump. This summer she got a job with the Dallas Mavericks.

The best part of her summer was shooting Dirk Nowitzki’s 2017 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, she said.

“It was incredible to have all access on the field with all these star studded athletes,” she said. “Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott were in my dugout along with other professional athletes from all different sports.”

Harwood wants to move to Nashville and pursue concert photography after graduation.

“What I love about photography is capturing a moment that will probably never happen again,” she said.

For more information on Harwood Photography, visit her website here.