There Was A Time…

Here is an interview with miss Taylor of the Rock Agency. #BOOM

1) How did
you get into modeling; were you “discovered” somewhere, or was it something you
wanted to pursue?

As a child, pictures and being in front of the camera always
came natural to me.  I grew up performing
jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, and ballet dance for 13 years of my life.   I
always had the curiosity to play different roles and characters behind the
lens.   While in high school, I was exposed to a few
fashion shows for malls and bridal boutiques. 
In my junior year of college, I had the opportunity to have a casting
call, set up a photoshoot with a Nashville photographer, and sign an agency

2) What is
the best experience you have had modeling so far?

One of the best experiences was a recent shoot I did for a
fancy “faux wedding” event. I was cast as the bride for a day and participated
in a fake wedding ceremony and reception. 
It was fun playing the character of a bride and taking on that role in
an all day and affair.  Plus, working
with other models from my agency and enjoying endless raspberry champagne was so
much fun.    

3) What
was the worst/what has been your least favorite shoot?

I have not had any nightmare stories with my modeling experience.  I don’t have a least favorite shoot.  Modeling allows me to express myself as an
individual.  When I am chosen to work for
a client, it is about what the client wants and I work hard for the client to
make sure they have that line, catalog, or brand executed how they envisioned.

4) What do
you believe is the biggest misconception people have about models/modeling?
What were some that you had before your career began?

That modeling is easy, you just have to stand there and look
pretty, and models aren’t healthy.  The
truth is models work hard.  In modeling
you are your own business and represent yourself as your own brand.  You work hard to land booking after booking, casting
after casting, and so much more just to develop a name for yourself.  It can be mentally and physically exhausting,
as behind the scenes, it is not all glamour. 
It involves getting plenty of rest, eating
healthy, proper nutrition, and exercise.  It is all about balance and moderation.

A misconception that I had was that models
are only “tall”.  I’ve learned through my
experience that with there being so many different types of modeling, height
restrictions are not as rigid as they seem. 
There is high fashion, commercial/lifestyle, fit modeling, and so on,
which leaves opportunities for many that doesn’t affect height. 

5) If you
could travel to any time period, in known history, what time period would you
visit and why?

The 1910’s or 1920’s.  I would have been involved in the women’s
rights movement.  It was a very crucial
time with suffrage, the empowerment of women, and their importance in our
country.  I also would have loved the 20s
fashion!  Another era is definitely the

Considering the other creative members of a photoshoot team, what other
job/skill do you find interesting i.e.: hair, makeup, stylist, etc.?

All creative members on set of a photoshoot are fascinating
and interesting to me.  All of them are
what make up the execution of a creative and amazing shoot.  It is such a neat feeling to observe
individuals such as hair stylists, makeup artists, and wardrobe stylists who
are so talented and passionate about their work.  Wardrobe styling personally interests me with
my love for fashion.  

7) What
music is currently in your playlist?

Everything literally but country; I am really into the folk
and indie scene.  I like to attend everything
from big music festivals to smaller shows at more intimate venues.  Recently I went to see Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and The Tallest Man on Earth
Both were magical experiences. 

8) Do you
read the book or watch the movie?

Read the book if I get the chance before the movie.   They say watching the movie first is like
dipping your toe into a pool. You get a quick feel for the water. If you like it,
dive in with the book.  So true!

9) Who are
people that inspire you?

My mom is at the very top of the list for someone who inspires
me.  She is the definition of strength,
kindness, and motivation.  She always
taught me to not settle for less than I deserve and that I have the power to
light up the creative fire within me.  

I find inspiration in my everyday life through my faith,
experiences, and support from family and friends.  I am a huge observer of the world around me,
so I always seek out people who inspire me to challenge myself and motivate me
to be the best I can be.  Positive vibes
and a positive mindset in others always win at inspiring me.

10) Any
future plans beyond modeling?

Currently, I pursue modeling while I work full time as an author account
manager at a major publishing company.  I
manage over 200 authors in higher education that have their books published by
the company.  This job allows me to grow
professionally and personally as I travel to multiple cities in several states to
meet all sorts of fascinating people. EQ#;D.

Behind the Scenes pt 1

  Equipment, much like
planning and execution, can often make or break a shot. I try not to put too
much weight on the technical aspects of getting the shots I want; there is a
vision of the final image(s) in my head, and everything I do before picking up
a camera is to bring that vision to fruition. To that end, the equipment I use
is not magical or loaded with bells & whistles. Every piece of equipment is
chosen for its straightforward functions; I’m not one for needing or using the
newest flashiest tools. For this entry I thought to share my most used pieces
of equipment and why I keep them in my camera bag.


D200 w/battery grip

                                This is my
main camera for portraits and fine art. I really like the tones and colors it                                          produces, it’s easy to navigate all the menus,

                                fits in my
hand perfectly, and offers a good balance of hi-resolution without crazy big                                      file sizes. Aside from prolonging the

                                shot life
of the camera, and providing more surface area to hold, the battery grip also                                      makes this camera into a beast.

                NIKON D610

                                While my
own camera gets the job done for 98% of my commissions, there are times                                      when an
assignment calls for higher

or more flexibility in cropping/using the finished images. It’s then that I                                            reach for a full-frame camera. The good

                                people at Lumoid offer crazy good deals on rentals, so
they are usually my go to                                               source. I like the D610 because it is the

middle ground between my crop (D200) and the flagship cameras that Nikon                                      touts
(D800,D850, etc.). Feels just

                                like my
D200 in my hands and delivers big files with clear and accurate colors.


                                My first
camera! Even though most of my images are shot on digital format, I use film                                      sparingly for some shots and some-

exclusively on personal projects. There is still just something more visceral
and                                      weighty about shooting film; it is far more

with highlights and bright spots than digital and a quick glance through most                                  fashion magazines, clothing ads, and

feeds reveals that the colors and look of film are still sought after and                                              emulated. Typically I shoot a roll, send it out

                                to be
scanned and digitized, and receive the files back in all their hi-res glory.
It’s like                                      having a full-frame camera with a built-in


                CANON POWERSHOT

(gasp) Although my SLRs are all Nikon, I don’t subscribe to the propaganda of                                    one brand over another. That being said,

camera is terrible. Ha! No one should take photos with this thing. It’s only
saving                                      grace is that it captures crisp HD video. I

                                use it
mainly for behind the scenes clips at shoots, sort of like a poor man’s go-pro.


50mm 1.8D

                                My first
good lens and still my main workhorse. Over half of my outdoor/location                                              images were shot with this lens, and almost all

                                of my
studio work is exclusively shot with this lens. Aside from offering sharp
images                                      and low-light shooting, this lens renders

that look for “natural” to me. It sees what my eyes see.

                TAMRON 28-105mm 2.8

                                The only
non-Nikon lens in my bag, this is my go to lens for portraits on location where                                    I need both a variety of focal lengths and

apertures. It’s a bit of a beast in terms of weight so it’s not the lens I
reach for if I                                  need to be fairly mobile/agile when

But in a more controlled pace, it delivers.

70-300mm 4-5.6G

                                This one
is rarely on my camera. It is never used in the studio. Never for on location                                          commissions. It’s really a one-trick pony

                                lens: but
I dig the trick. When shooting fine-art portraits and personal projects I have
a                                  penchant for shooting in mono-chrome

                                and in
natural light. This lens coupled with the D200/D610 delivers the tonal variety                                        and depth that is now my signature for

                                black and
white images. The sweet spots on this lens are usually 105mm, 135mm, and                                  200mm.

  Thanks for reading!

Sister Moon

For a while now I have had this crazy idea of taking long exposure portraits at night. Nothing new or exciting there. And I want to do this for twelve consecutive months. Again, not out of the ordinary; artists give themselves projects all the time. Here is where the crazy intersects: I want to use moonlight. Oh, and it is near freezing cold here for almost six months out of the year. The journey/progress will be charted here.

So this is month #1. July ‘17.

Model: Kayla
Nikon D200 + 50mm

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