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Meet Anaheim Photographer: Allen Taylor

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

Allen, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
From my first basic B&W photography course, I tried to make my images say more then what they were. There is no doubt that living over sees in Japan and growing up in a military family and work ethic has influenced my work. Working full time and going to school at night became the norm and I would spend years of my weekends and nights teaching myself photography and digital imaging long before they became a more commonplace skills. Seven years ago after obtaining some success as a commercial photographer and digital expert, I again made the commitment to attend classes part time while working a full time job, enduring a three-hour commute. Finally after several years I received my BFA in Photography. Now being the best artist I can be and teaching others fulfill my everyday goals.

Has it been a smooth road?
I think I touched on some of these in my previous question on my history. However, let me say, pursuing a career in the arts was not considered a serious option and any pursuit and every step was taken alone. Early on making $5 an hour was a struggle to just pay rent and have food the last week of the month. Taking buses to jobs and walking was the norm and these were not photography jobs, but getting by labor jobs. Without getting too far down the, “back in my day” story telling, it comes down to being willing to put in the work and hours and grinding it out.

So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
I’m working on expanding my work in the lifestyle editorial fields.

Let’s explore some of the challenges you’ve faced along the way. What was the most difficult part of your career so far?
The toughest part in my career life was when I went back to school to finish my BFA degree while working full time. With a 1 1/2 hour commute each way to work and making time for school reading and assignments I had no time for anything else. Since I could mostly only take classes at night it took several years to complete, so it was very draining, but ultimately satisfying once I attained the degree.

Are there days when you feel like you’ve done everything you wanted to, careerwise – the “I’ve made it” kind of moments?
I’m sorry but I don’t feel this way and I’m not sure I ever will. Heck even after a successful shoot I often hate the images I’ve created and its only over time that I become more comfortable, happy or proud of it. I almost always feel like I could have done more or better.

Contact Info:

  • Website: http://allentaylorstudios.com
  • Phone: 714-376-8226
  • Email: allentaylorstudios@gmail.com
  • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allentaylorstudios/

 

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