Kelcey Bauer is best known for her large-scale photographs that merge bodies and nature. Bauer's devotion to photography started with a Spy Kids camera from a McDonald's happy meal. In addition to making pictures from a young age, Bauer studied the Cecchetti method of ballet which informs her interest in the human form as it navigates space. The magical qualities of photograms —placing objects on a light-sensitive surface—and working in the darkroom helped her overcome her fear of the dark.
While studying historical processes at Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA) she developed an extensive portfolio of experiments including silver leaf image transfers and Mordencage prints of the streets of Savannah at night. Bauer's hunger for learning led her to pursue an MFA in photography at San Jose State University where she expanded her work to include digital sound and video technologies.