Tell us a little about yourself, where you live and how you got started in photography.
Hey there! I’m Taylor Lord and I currently live in Dallas, Texas— which has been great for wedding travel since I’m halfway between both coasts! I started doing photography my senior year, spring semester of college. It was a black and white film class and I loved it! I loved the intensity of shooting on-site and the calm, alone time in the dark room. Not knowing I could make a career out of photography, I started teaching 5th and 6th grade art out of college and was shooting portraits for fun. Like many others in my field, that small, small business of shooting portraits eventually turned into a wedding photography business with the help of MANY others and LOT of work and perseverance, and I quit teaching after 5 months!
How do you describe your style?
I would say my photography style is fine art, natural light, and editorial-inspired. I strive for light and airy compositions that are timeless rather than trendy and are “styled” rather than photojournalistic in nature (for the most part!). But I feel to be a great (rather than good) photographer, you should excel at all types of photography on wedding days, whether it’s the party or the portraits!
What or who really inspires you?
I’m truly, honestly inspired by light- I think I annoy my family and friends by mentioning what I feel is “good light” all the time when we’re out and about. I think as long as you have good light, you can create something beautiful, and with bad light, it’s ALWAYS more of a struggle. I mean that’s the definition of photography- “light writing.” I’m also inspired by independent movies- modern, thoughtful cinematographers are incredibly inspiring to me.
What are your top 3 tips for photographing weddings?
1) I believe one of the best things you can do in wedding photography is read your couple and what their mood is and really try and capture the essence of their style in your own special way rather than attempting to make everyone fit a specific mold.
2) I believe that being the most relaxed, happiest and most helpful person on the day of the wedding will take you MUCH further as a wedding photographer than a great photo will.
3) And last but not least, I believe that if you don’t get help from other photographers you will feel lost and alone! Having a community of those who can help you, encourage you and answer hard questions has been one of the most beneficial things to my business (and sanity!). :)
To learn more about Taylor, visit her at taylorlord.com.