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I'm a mom and a self-taught photographer and web designer. After leaving college to return home after only one year, I realized that hard work can equal success as long as you stay dedicated and focused.
I just opened a studio and now work full time doing a job that I am crazy passionate about. I love weddings, editorial fashion, beauty, business lifestyle and web design.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Taylor. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I'm completely self-taught. I became a Mom at 19, but my passions didn't die. They only got stronger as I thought about what kind of role model I wanted to be for my children. (Married with two kiddos now!) I'm an entrepreneur at 23 with my own studio and a successful business, in a pretty small town!
I am really active in my local government and community and I'm BIG on women empowerment. Growing up, I lived in an environment where I wasn't told that women and men are equals, and it always got under my skin. I'm always searching for ways to reach out to the community and to young women to help motivate them to keep working hard, even if the odds of success seem slim.
Taylor, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
My dream was to be a business owner. Not to be locked into one kind of job, but to have variety. Photography had always been a hobby of mine, and after my first child was born, it was a good fit. I lost a lot of my personal identity to being a mother in the first couple of years, and photography helped lead me back to my goals and dreams.
Who is your inspiration in life Taylor? How do you keep inspired?
My husband and children, of course. But also the hound women that work with and for me, as models, makeup artists, hair stylists and my assistants. I'm constantly inspired by the different kinds of creativity in my community.
We all make mistakes Taylor, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
When I first got started I was TERRIBLE at communicating. So bad, that I had two clients tell me on the spot they didn't think I'd show up, even though I had every intention to do my job and do it well! I got two HORRIBLE online reviews that raked me over the coals, and completely changed my business model. Now, I check my email every 5 minutes, literally.
Taylor, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?
Honestly, no. Being a Mom teaches you time management and streamlining. I've also got an amazing assistant and an intern that work really hard for me, so having them really takes the pressure off.
Please tell us, Taylor, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
Every shot. Every wedding. Every design client. There is always strategy. It's not just a one time deal, it's a business model. In my opinion, keeping all of my bookings and events constantly updated on my devices is the top priority for strategizing my schedule and my time. Make life easy and use that phone calendar!
Taylor, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
When I learned to stop proving myself based on my competition and start building packages that focused on MY highlights and strengths, I got better at telling people I needed their money. The reason for that was because I better understood what it took to do the job and I KNEW what it was worth for my time, and the expertise I had gained.
Taylor, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
The opening of my studio. That was a crazy day, I had a ribbon cutting and wine & cheese and tons of town people. It was that moment where I'd felt like I'd really made it. Like I'd accomplished something that I'd been working years for, and nobody could take that away. Because I'm such a young mom, there were lots of stories and shade flying around about me for a while, even though it was mostly a misconception. Finally hitting that target and launching a business was a huge confidence boost.
Taylor, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
When I get to set up styled shoots, I always let the other creatives take the reigns, which forces me usually to step out of my box and see their vision. Other artists have such great ideas for how to capture their own art, and melding theirs and mine usually yields some pretty amazing results!
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Practice. Don't give up. Network. Don't compare. Be honest with yourself about your quality of work. Invest in your gear and education. Unlearn some rules. Learn some new ones. Overall, let other people's creativity inspire you.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Absolutely! Everything! I love fashion and beauty, but also weddings and couples. Have you met me?! I love variety!
Now for the best part Taylor! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
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