Featured Photographer: Gavin Taylor

"I think in this day and age creative educational courses are an essential part of learning photography."

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Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far. I am a passionate, dedicated, hard working fashion and portrait photographer from the south coast of the UK. I love to work in the studio or on location with people and creating images that my clients love in an atmosphere that is as fun and enjoyable as possible. If my clients/models leave with a huge smile on their faces I feel I have done my job well. What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field? My main goal is to make this my profession as I am only part time at the moment. living where I am and having a family it is tough to make a career out of fashion photography. I take pride in creating a friendly fun and relaxed atmosphere when I shoot and I rarely take myself seriously, I have found this way you get the best images and the best out of my models. How do you communicate with people? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements? I love communicating with people it is half the enjoyment of portrait work the interaction with new and existing clients. social media plays a huge part in everyday life these days but nothing beats a face to face conversation. Someone once described me as a class clown with a camera and I smiled and accepted it as a compliment. the only thing that needs to be taken seriously in my eyes is the final image to which I do take extremely seriously. There is only one thing I demand from my shoots, total and complete honesty. If I suggest something and my model isn't happy, comfortable, or just doesn't not want to do it then I require them to be honest and say so. No means No and that is one rule I stick to. I love to push and break the boundaries of myself and my models, but I am patient and listen to the needs of my clients above all else. If you had to do it over again, what would you change? I think my biggest regret is not following my photography path sooner. My father is a photographer and he showed me how to use a camera from an early age but i didn't follow it though. I only picked up the camera again 3 years ago at the age of 33, now I'm 36 this year and although this isn't old (and i certainly don't feel or act it) I feel i could have accomplished so much more if i had realised my ambitions sooner. Who is your hero, and how have they helped you get to where you are? This is such a huge question as I have so many amazing photographers who inspire me, from local photographers Like my friend Hannah Brewer, and Southampton photographer Scott Chalmers, to international photographers like Jason Lanier, Andrea Belluso, Jeff Rojas, Jessica Kobeissi and Aaron Nace. But hero/s will always be my inspiration for picking up the camera (and my biggest critic) My Dad, Derek Taylor and my wife (and photography partner in crime) Jenna Taylor. How important are creative education courses? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful? I think in this day and age creative educational courses are an essential part of learning photography. Whether it be professional online course, Collage courses or even simply Youtube tutorials. But nothing will ever beat simply picking up the camera and getting out their and doing it. Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry? Don't be afraid to ask questions. Every professional photographer I have spoken to is always happy to help. Also learn everything you can and use what you have learnt. Above all Nothing happens overnight, it has taken 3 years to get to where I am now and I am fully aware I have a long road ahead of me but I am enjoying the journey.

Photo Credits: All images taken by: Gavin Taylor @www.gtimagery.com Model credits: Megan Clarke, @www.purpleport.com/portfolio/meganc Contact Details: Instagram: @g.t_imagery Email: taylor.g_81@hotmail.com


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