Portrait photography

Behind the lens

When I’m not playing soccer, I enjoy being behind the lens of a camera. I could be taking photos or pretending to be a cinematographer, but either way, I love it. Finding your happy place and having multiple outlets in life is so ridiculously important. I can’t harp on it enough. I found out I really needed an outlet when I was injured my sophomore year in college. I had compartment syndrome in my left shin and had to get a pretty intensive surgery. Being out for eight months and not having soccer as an outlet was pretty detrimental to my mental health.

I was in desperate need of an outlet.

My mother has always been a photographer, so I learned to embrace the beauty of taking photos and being behind the lens. I think I loved it so much because of the love I have for my mother. She is my inspiration, even if she doesn’t know it. She is beautiful. She is the most selfless, caring, genuine role model I have in my life. She gives me clarity when my vision of life is blurred. She always finds time for everything (& I mean everything).

I think very few athletes can say that their parents have made it out to every single collegiate soccer game they’ve ever played in. Home or away, they were there. Simply put, my mom’s a badass. Thank you isn’t saying enough for the constant support and always making me a priority. The blood, sweat, and tears are worth it because of you. I love you to the moon and back. Thank you for gifting me with the “eye” of photography. I don’t know what I’d do without that outlet or, of course, you. Love you, meems.

I’m Rylee Baisden, professional soccer player, photographer, and videographer


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