Today we’d like to introduce you to Adam Taylor.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in a small town just outside of New Orleans and fell in love with taking pictures while on a family vacation to New York City in fifth grade. I held on to the dream of becoming a photographer throughout my childhood and into college. After I graduated from LSU in 2006, I moved to Southern California where I worked for a BMX magazine. After about five years of being an employee, I decided I needed more freedom and flexibility in my life, so I left the magazine pursue freelance work. I continued to do photography as well as video production in the BMX industry and dabbled in other sports and fitness photography before I switched gears completely and started shooting real estate.
I absolutely loved getting to go inside big, beautiful houses. However, I quickly realized I didn’t actually love shooting photos for realtors. It was too much of a service-based business. I had to work quickly and wasn’t allowed the time to slow down and focus on creating stunning artwork. But the foundation for shooting interiors and architecture was there, so pivoted again.
I began working with builders, architects, interior designers, and home product companies. By doing this, I reignited my passion for creating beautiful photographs where I can spend time perfecting all the details that make a space truly special.
So today, my business is focused on helping my clients show off their work and craftsmanship the best way possible. I truly view what I do as a powerful marketing tool to help my clients sell their services—and now it’s fun again to hang out in a gorgeous house all day and take pictures!
Has it been a smooth road?
The real struggle I faced throughout my journey was not only making the switch from one industry to another and essentially having to reinvent myself but actually finding what industry I actually wanted to work in. It was definitely a process.
Once I realized I didn’t want to shoot real estate I felt pretty lost — like I was floundering around trying to figure out what my next career move would be. It’s almost embarrassing to say, but it took me a while to even see the opportunity that was right in front of me. But once I realized there were other ways to make a business out of shooting nice houses, I was able to focus on a clear direction and path.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
At my core, I’m an interior and architecture photographer. I work with architects, builders, interior designers, and home product manufacturers to shoot photos of their projects as a way to show off their work. Mostly residential, but some commercial as well.
My sweet spot is working with medium-sized companies that don’t have a lot of visual presence yet to help build up their brand image. I love helping a company come alive when it comes to how they market themselves visually.
When a client sets out to shoot photos of a project, it’s a personal experience for them. They’ve worked really hard for months or even years to conceptualize and execute the project, and the photos I deliver need to capture that vision so the client can be proud to show off the images for the rest of their career. I keep this in mind while I’m on site and collaborate with the client while creating the images to make sure the goals are met. It’s definitely a team effort—combining our visions to come up with the best outcome possible.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think Los Angeles is a great place to start shooting interiors and architecture. The abundance of nice homes and buildings is endless. My first portfolio photos of houses were ones I shot of exteriors while out riding my bike around Long Beach and driving through some of the nicer neighborhoods in Orange County.
Sure, you can learn to shoot interiors in middle-class homes in a rural area, but let’s face it…everyone getting into this would rather shoot photos of really grand houses, and LA has no shortage of those!
- Website: AdamTaylorPhotos.com
- Phone: 504-388-4989
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adamtaylorphotos/
Photos by Adam Taylor.