"My passions and aspirations in life are very simple. I seek to be able to provide for my future family and to travel the globe telling stories with my camera."
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Taylor. Tell us ABOUT yourself.
I am a very creative, energy driven individual. I love the idea of someone being able to look at a picture I took and feel that rush of emotion I get when something moves me. I am all about making a positive impact on other people and think that photography is such a powerful tool to be able to do that.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Taylor. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
What is unique about me is something that I feel like is very rare to find these days. I don't spend much time talking about modelling or posing when I take pictures. I try and find out what makes the person/people in front of the lens tick. I like to get to know my clients and create a relationship of trust, positivity, and friendship to produce the most outstanding results possible. Long story short, I am a people person!
Taylor, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a photographer?
My passions and aspirations in life are very simple. I seek to be able to provide for my future family and to travel the globe telling stories with my camera. My goal is to have worked at least one job outside of the U.S. by next year! I started as a photographer by actually watching one of Peter McKinnon's YouTube videos and being so intrigued that I bought my first camera that night!
Who is your inspiration in life Taylor? How do you keep inspired?
I have a lot of different inspirations, but there are two main ones. First off, my grandfather. He worked as a heart surgeon in Illinois and other states for his career and is the most humble man I have ever met. He treats his wife and kids with such love and compassion at all times, and I have tried to mimic him as I've grown up. I feel like I owe most of my success to him for giving me such a great example of how to treat people and connect with them. The second, is Peter McKinnon. This guy's talent is through the roof! But, it's not just that. He talks a lot about following your dreams and getting outside your comfort zone which is something that I admire so much in a person. I feel like without him posting YouTube videos and Instagram posts; I would have not even touched a camera yet.
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.
There was a time where I delivered a final product to a client when I first started out. I thought the pictures were PERFECT. The client didn't think so. They gave me some criticism (very constructive) and my ego got in the way. I got frustrated with them and told them about all of the time and effort I put into those pictures and was confused on why they didn't like them. It took that experience for me to know that criticism comes with the job and it is so beneficial! Without it, how are you supposed to know what you're doing wrong/right?
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 prioritising your clients’ needs?
As a photographer, I prioritise my clients needs based on the time sensitivity of the project and the length of time I will have to give to a certain client. I also prioritise based on the type of project I am doing. "Just for fun" pictures won't get the same type of attention as engagement photos for example.
Please tell us, Taylor, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a photographer?
I am actually having to implement this right now as I'm typing. I have about 1,700 photos I am going through and figuring out which ones to edit and which ones don't make the cut. These pictures were shot within the last two days, and I want to make sure they are all top-quality. But, being able to be published in a magazine and have my work viewed by your readers is a great opportunity, so I make time for things like that.
Taylor, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
A couple of days ago I was working alongside a more experienced photographer, and we were using different settings to produce a picture of the same model. He argued that I was underexposing and I, the other way. I then told him my vision for the shot and how I would boost the colour in the post so that the sunset was not blown out. After having this discussion, he ultimately asked what settings I was using and started using similar ones.
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?
If I am completely honest, I don't even have a professional accomplishment as a photographer yet. I hope to have many, and I am constantly working long hours to be able to put my self in a position to have opportunities to do so.
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?
I was able to be creative with my work while shooting near a river the other day. We were shooting near some trees at first, getting some nature type shots and I asked if the model would be comfortable getting wet. She agreed and said she actually packed a bikini for swimming later, so we ended up shooting a swimwear shoot in the middle of the mountains in a cold river! (One of the pictures I will be uploading) What was exciting was that the model was so open to doing anything I asked because she had been following my Instagram and wanted to let me have free reign and be as creative as possible. The difficult part was getting the model to feel comfortable switching from being in jeans and a t-shirt to a bikini in front of the lens.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a photographer?
I get asked this a lot by some younger people, and my advice is not to try and mimic anyone, but to come up with your own unique style! Play around with different settings in your camera when you are shooting. Play around with different editing styles. Seek people's opinions, and don't get upset when they give you criticism. Put yourself out there even if you are afraid and see what other's think about you!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for? I am looking for collaborations with brands, models, or anyone that shares my passion for being creative! This could mean meet-ups with other like-minded people, paid shoots or promotions or anything in-between!
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Fatima Reedy @fatimareedy
Mateo Ewell @mateo.ewell
Ash Delong @ashhdelong
Jocelyn Baer @joceeyybaer
Lexus Miller-Moylan @lexus_miller
Nicoletta Hanssen @nicoletta_depp
Miranda Averett @girlyoushine