We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My favorite quote comes from a creator I watch quite frequently on Youtube, Levi Allen. He always ends his videos with “Life’s better when you make stuff.”
This quote has stuck with me frequently, especially over the last two years. It’s really made me dial in on how I document my sessions and makes me excited for each to come. Nobody talks about when your passion becomes your career that it can start to dwindle that fire that you had for it. Changing that mindset and finding ways to be creative every single day really brought that life back into how I capture my clients. The simplicity of the quote finds its way into my mind every time I have my camera in hand and challenges me in a positive way to see the beauty in all forms.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a full time wedding and portrait photographer along with my husband, Christian who is the video half of Lost Pine Photo and Film. I strive to ensure my images bring out that natural and emotive feel with my clients. I’m excited about our future with our couples and wedding clients, this has been the most amazing part of our career.
It was a long road getting to where we are in our careers today. After years of shooting on the side of our regular jobs and once the pandemic hit, it was almost a blessing and a curse. We were both forced out of our jobs and finally took the leap into becoming full time! It was scary and uncertain but now we could never imagine doing anything else. We’ve learned that knowing the business side is just as important as the creative side.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For my constant inspiration in my everyday work, Anni Graham and Kaley from Kansas are absolutely amazing creatives. The way they both capture emotion and feelings are nothing short of breathtaking each time I see their work.
For my girls, Ashlee Spencer of AP Photo & Film and Brittany Hoffman of Brittany Hoffman Artistry. Being in an amazing friendship and always rooting for each other feels very rare now a days. Being able to bounce ideas creatively and giving advice without fear of judgement is something I cherish highly.