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Meet Catherine Taylor of Catherine May Taylor Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Catherine Taylor.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Catherine. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I went to college for photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. NYC is where I really fell in love with photography and working with people, taking portraits. There are just so many different personalities there and it was fun trying to capture that on camera. I interned with a couple of editorial portrait photographers after college and on the side, I started doing family photography. The family photography just kind of stuck and I started shooting that kind of work full time. I met my husband in NYC and because he is a military dentist, we got stationed here in San Diego. California lifestyle took some time getting used to, but we love it here now! San Diego is also the perfect backdrop for photography. It’s wonderful being able to shoot year-round without having to worry about snow and NYC winter. I love my clients on both coasts and travel anytime I can!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was hard moving my business across the country. I had already set up a pretty strong client base back east and leaving that comfort was not easy. I also try to balance my love for other types of photography, besides just shooting with families and kids. You get into a loop of shooting a certain subject and then forget that you actually want to move forward with another photography project. I always wanted to do some freelance work for magazines and get back into shooting more editorial portraits. That kind of photography is still a goal of mine, so to build my portfolio up and keep it current, I have to do my own test shoots with new people or businesses I come in contact with.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Catherine May Taylor Photography – what should we know?
Everyone can be a photographer these days, so you need to stand out. Every client I work with gets treated like they are family. Each photo session is never rushed and I don’t have any hidden fees. Working with kids, you have to be patient or else you won’t get the shot you’re looking for. I let every client be themselves, without forcing posed looks. My documentary style of shooting, really gets you the most images you’ll actually want to look back on.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My husband is amazing. He’s that kind of person, that if I’m sick (which happens often!), he’ll be there to be my photo assistant and hold my camera bag. My clients are great too- word of mouth is the best compliment and my business has really grown since college because of some awesome individuals who cared about my work. Also, I used to nanny for this family back when I was living in NYC and they have been with me since day one.

The parents got me some of my very first regular clients. I call them my second family away from home and stay with them when I’m working in New York.

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