We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Newlun and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Taylor, why did you pursue a creative career?
I didn’t initially pursue a creative career–I think it pursued me. When I take photos I become completely lost in myself. I become lost in creating and enter a flow state. I believe that when anyone enters a flow state they are able to produce works of art that come from the soul. Creating from the soul gives us the opportunity to positively impact humanity by releasing some of the very best parts of ourselves. I hope that by being so emotionally involved in my work, I can help others find emotion in landscapes that will help promote building healthy relationships with nature. Our planet is unfathomably beautiful and deserves to be cherished.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am very hard on myself so it’s difficult to talk about my achievements or compare them because I am no where near where I want to be professionally. Therefore, I am most excited about where photography will take me in the future! I am proud of the little victories I capture–things like great lighting, split-second moments, simplicity, textures, and fierce sunsets. Every time I set out for a trip, regardless of how many photos I take, I try to take one that exponentially stands out amongst the rest. By doing that I think it slowly helps improve my photography because I have something to grow off of. I would love to be able to use photography as my main source of income and since I haven’t reached that point yet, I am trying to have fun with any avenue that involves taking photos. I think the most important aspect of my landscape photography is somehow being able to incorporate environmentalism into the story. Without our home we have nothing, which is one of the reasons I graduated with a bachelors degree in environmental science. I want to be able to help promote sustainability while showcasing precious landscapes.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First off, I’d say you came to the right girl for adventures! My favorite place in Colorado is a mountain range down south towards Ridgeway and Ouray called the Dallas divide, a.k.a. The Switzerland of America. There is a 4×4 trail that leads to a beautiful alpine hike on the backside of a 14er called Mt. Sneffels. If you’re not familiar with the term “14er” they are mountains over 14,000 feet–we have 58 of them in Colorado! There is a dope taco shop in town called “Tacos Del Gnar” that is a MUST try. I try to visit places that are not heavily populated but the Maroon Bells in Aspen are an exception. They are the most photographed mountains in America and are absolutely worth visiting despite the crowds. For a relaxed day I would suggest taking a kayak out on Lake Dillion in Frisco. It comes with complimentary islands and a gorgeous panoramic mountain backdrop. Can you tell I like mountains yet?? Hungry after a day on the lake? If you drive about 30 minutes into Breckenridge there is a Thai food place that has the best pad Thai I’ve ever had in my life. If you’re wanting to get a sense of Denver’s culture here’s what I would do in a day… Have breakfast at Snooze, spend a few hours at Elitch Gardens or sightsee around the city by scooter, stop by at one of Colorados hundreds of breweries (you can’t really go wrong with any choice), get rowdy at an Avs game, and finish the night off by getting some diverse gourmet pizza at Sliceworks and driving to lookout mountains to get a view of city lights.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are an immense amount of people that have helped me reach success. I feel as though everyone that I have encountered in my life deserves some sort of recognition. I also think its healthy to give yourself a pat on the back sometimes! My mother and grandmother have been there to catch me when I fall whether it’s through difficult life experiences or college. My few close friends have been extremely supportive by buying and promoting my photography when I’m doubtful of my work. I even give thanks to strangers that have commented on my photos or strike up random conversation. So here’s to you! I give a million thanks because you have helped me continue my photography journey.

Website: www.taylornewlun.com

Instagram: @taylor.newlun

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