Taylor Pierce

 

Hey, guys! I'm Taylor. I am a photographer based out of Manchester, TN.

For many years I wondered who I was. When I tried to think of what I wanted to do to fulfill my life, I always drew a blank. I couldn't picture myself as anything. Every year I would scroll through MTSU's website and see which major intrigued me. I picked elementary education and I really thought that was what I wanted. Sometimes I still do but I just don't have that gut feeling that it's what I am meant to do.

 

Now a lot of photographers say they knew since they were a kid that they wanted to be a photographer. I didn't. I actually didn't realize this until I was older and got a  puppy. I was obsessed with taking pictures of her. I asked my Mom and stepfather, who are both photographers, which camera I should get so I could get higher quality pictures of her. A couple weeks later, my camera came in the mail and I was obsessed with it. I wanted to shoot everything. The first time that I did a photoshoot with someone, I knew this is it. I have been looking for something my whole life that drives me, inspires me and makes me feel like who I am. I know this sounds cheesy and I am rolling my eyes as I write this. It's truly how I feel, though. When I think of all of the different ways I can capture people, it lights a fire inside me. I guess we can call that passion. Now that I look back, I think it was always there. When I was younger, I remember getting out a camera to take pictures of my younger siblings. When my son started kindergarten, I was super excited that morning to take his pictures. The passion for photography was there but I didn't realize it.

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Aside from being an artist, who am I? Here are 5 facts about me!

1.Well, I am just like all of you other mombies out there. Coffee is my fuel and I am a bit obsessed, maybe a little too dependent on it. 

 

2. I love the rain. Sometimes I find it so thrilling to stand in the rain and reminisce how it use to feel when I was a child outside playing in the rain. The temperature has to be warm of course or there's no way you'll catch me outside.

 

3. I saved this for my third, and middle, fact about me because this is what my life revolves around, my son. I'm a NICU mom, to a now healthy 10 year old boy. He stayed in the NICU for 5 months after he was born. Preemies will forever hold a very special place in my heart. My baby fought so hard when he was little and that inspires me everyday. I don't think I would be the same person if I didn't have him. 

 

4. I want to help people feel confident. I know this sounds cliché but it has true meaning to me. I have struggled with acne the majority of my life. And I mean bad acne. I'm still breaking out in my later 20's and it's hard for me to feel confident. I don't even like to have my pictures taken. Maybe that's part of the reason I love photography. Standing behind the lens gives me the opportunity to see the beauty in everyone. I want to share that with everyone. Let's not only capture your outer appearance but the person who is inside as well. If you struggle with confidence, I get it. I just want you to know that I wont judge you.

 

5. I love sarcasm and joking around with people. I may not do that with everyone but if you're that type of person. THEN YOU ARE MY PEOPLE!

 

Bonus round: I'm also big on honesty. I love coconut. I have two husky mixes and one cat. I have been in the same relationship for 13 years but I am only 27. Blue is my favorite color. Not your typical blue but the color of the sky on a warm day. I believe in working hard for what you have. I often wonder what its like to stand on top of a mountain. I'm a terrible writer and speller. If I had to pick any other dream job, it would be saving the coral reef. I also love TV shows. Need a recommendation? I can probably give you 20