Taylor Whitham // The Limeight

This week’s Limelight Interview is with the amazing Taylor Whitham! Stop by every Wednesday for a feature interview with one of our readers and a dose of inspiration to get you over the hump. Interested in being in The Limelight? Click here to complete our interview!

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Tell us a little about yourself:
I am originally from the Deep South the great state of Georgia! I re-located in 2010 to be with my then fiancé whom had grown up in Indianapolis all of his life. So, now I am Southern transplant living in the Midwest with my now husband. 🙂 Growing up I wanted to go to art school my father convinced me that the degree was not worth becoming a starving artist Ha. So, I took the next route that interested me, and that was healthcare. I went to X-ray school in Atlanta first, and then later to MRI school in Chattanooga. From the get-go in x-ray school I noticed I was anything but conventional I used x-ray film and radiation to take photos of seashells. I would definitely say that is not normal when classmates are imaging body parts for broken bones.. I think that was my artsy side screaming to get out. Since forever Ive been taking photos.. Once I relocated to the Midwest I knew I needed to meet people and beat the loneliness. My husband helped me launch a real and legitimate business, and I owe every single bit of my social life to that very thing. In three short years I have become not only a profitable business, but a thriving one. Always looking for new opportunities to get creative juices flowing. Network with friends in the industry, and definitely experiment with new things. Photography helped me adjust by leaps and bounds to a new life. My first months here (although excited to be with my husband) were full of sadness and a whole lot of being alone. Trying to fit in is difficult, trying to fit in and talking different is really difficult Ha. Photography has been the source of bright light for me. I want to give back every way I can for the joy it has returned to me.

Define your photography style in 5 words:
Fresh Organic Whimsy Personal Lively

Three things we should know about you:

  1. I talk really slow.
  2. Michael Jackson superfan.
  3. Im a tiny person and a wee bit mouthy. Oops.

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What inspired you to become a photographer?
Living. Youd think itd be deeper than that.. But, its really not. Life passes us in a blink of an eye. I want to remember as much of it as I can. I want to be other peoples storyteller.

Divulge one of your dreams for your business:
Like most photographers I have a dream for a Magazine cover Thats the most selfish dream I have. Ha! On a more serious note my biggest hope (I wouldnt call it a dream) would be to keep having a blast doing it!

What do you love most about being a photographer?
Having a creative outlet that helps me grow as a human being. Its truly the one thing in life that Ive found I love continually learning and educating myself about.

What advice do you have for new or struggling photographers?
Never give up. Price yourself aggressively! If youre swamped in work and struggling to catch up its time to up your prices! Its easy to get swallowed up and have a hard time living your own life in this business.

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Who is your photographer crush and why?
Ohhh GAHHHH.. This is a loaded question. I have so many and for a lot of different reasons. I always, always, always am crushing on Clayton Austin. I mean do I really need to elaborate as to why? Joy from Wildflowers Photography also. I love that all of her images seem like there was a ghost photographer.. Its like she was never even there, yall! How does she do that? She displays personalities so well.

My first camera was a
As a child/tween the Polaroid I-Zone. legit as heck. 90s child. Also as an adult the Canon Rebel T1I

First word you think of when we say LOVE?
butter

First word you think of when we say HATE?
techno music

If you could meet anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why?
These are sooooo deep. Um, probably Michael Jackson. Like if you asked me on the spot and I wasnt trying to be profound and filtered it would definitely be MJ. The filtered me would probably say something much more endearing like C.S. Lewis which would be rad too..

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My guiltiest pleasure is
30 Rock, and pickles.

If I wasnt a photographer, I would be
A rich traveler.. I think Id do a good job at it.

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SEPTEMBER 2013

This is the digital issue. For a Print Issue at $27, order here.

Denim+Grace Magazine’s JUNE 2013 issue contains 98 pages of content from artists working in the working in senior, wedding, portrait, boudoir genres. The September 2013 issue includes a unique way of building a senior rep program, how football and photography correlate, why being your favorite photographer can actually help you aesthetically, how personal projects can amplify your passions, finding your visual voice, and an interview with senior photographer Stephanie Pana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


INTERVIEW

EMBRACE SEVENTEEN :: For much of her teen years, senior photographer STEPHANIE PANA personally struggled with self-esteem issues.  Now she shares with us why that’s become the driving force behind her photography and how she believes that being in front of the camera empowers teens to embrace seventeen.

 

FEATURES

BE YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHER :: By staying true to the aesthetic style that he’s innately attracted to, senior photographer, RYAN TOWE, shares how he’s able to be his own personal favorite photographer and naturally draw clientele that’s in harmony with that same style.

THE PORTRAIT PROJECT :: Spawned off the heart wrenching Dove ad that depicted how women view themselves when asked to describe their physical features to a sketch artist, photographer ANGELSEA URBAN set out to change the perspective of women in her area to reveal how she sees them.

MASTER YOUR CRAFT :: As he often does, wedding photographer TREVOR DAYLEY will challenge the way you walk into your next photographic assignment.  And believe it or not, photography and football do, in fact, have a correlation to one another.

DARKROOM DISCOVERY :: After feeling lost in the “digital revolution” photographer SARA LAZIO went on a personal journey to rediscover her visual voice and re-establish why she became a photographer in the first place.  Which brought her to a precarious, and almost obsolete, place- the darkroom.

 

COLUMNS

BUILDING A LOYAL REP PROGRAM :: Senior photography duo, IKE+TASH, teach you why senior rep programs fail, how implementing a program increased their average sale, and 5 steps to building a profitable rep program.

TEAMING UP WITH COMPETITION :: Wedding photographer CHELSEA LAVERE shares how teaming up with local competition actually creates a healthier community rather than a more hostile one.

ONE CAMERA PROJECT :: Learn from MICHAEL OWEN how listening to NPR, a cheap Holga camera, and a fascination in the journey of life, are making waves together in the photography community.

CLICKING FOR CANCER :: Photographer RHONDA BOWMAN shares how she’s received immeasurable rewards by incorporating charitable services into her business model.

CONNECTING WITH BOUDOIR CLIENTS :: Photographer ALEXANDRA WERHAN uses her past modeling experience to teach you ways to evoke a confident woman in front of the camera and create a stellar boudoir experience.

ARTICLES

Katie Bergin :: In The Trenches
Christina Blanarovich :: Day in the Life
Breanna Shaw :: Where I Work

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About Digital Issues:  All digital issues are an instant download once payment is processed and delivered to the email address provided at checkout.  This digital delivery takes approximately 10 minutes to be delivered to your inbox.  Due to the nature of these products, all sales are FINAL.  About Print Issues:  All print issues are printed and shipped by MagCloud.  Because each order is processed directly through our publisher, D+G has no ability to check on orders/ shipping/ errors/ etc.  For questions about your print issue order, click here to contact MagCloud directly.  *Be kind and please don’t copy or share our digital products. It brings 7 years of bad photo mojo!

APRIL 2014


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Denim+Grace Magazine’s April 2014  issue contains 74 pages of content from leading artists in the industry. The April issue includes articles first year baby plans, dealing with difficult clients, mommy+me sessions, a documentary on one survivors story of treating Hodgkins Lymphoma,  and an interview with newborn photographer Rachel Vanoven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERVIEW

BABY WHISPERER :: Newborn photographer, RACHEL VANOVEN is more than just a  of new life. Through documenting and the intimate moments of her family on social media, Rachel is both a curator and historian- inviting her followers into her personal world and generating a storytelling society of-sorts that we all are better humans because of.

PICTORIALS

ADVENTURES IN CAMPING :: child by BECKY RADTKE
MOTHERLY GLOW :: maternity by JOANNA TRAEGER

FEATURES

ALL ABOUT MOMMY+ ME :: A mother’s bond with her child is truly something exiting and unique. Photographer REBECCA KELLER shares with us her thoughts on why “mommy and me” sessions are rising in popularity again and how to create add-on sales through them.

BELLIES, BABIES + BEYOND :: Keeping your clients satisfied while staying in the black isn’t an easy task when it comes to belly to baby plans. Photographer LAUREN PARKER shares the points to consider when establishing yourself with this business model.

NAVIGATING DIFFICULT SESSIONS :: Ever had a session that you simply couldn’t wait to end? We all fear those difficult sessions. Thankfully, photographer QUINN LACASSE is her to give you practical ways to ensure a smooth session and happier clients as a result.

SURVIVOR :: At the young age of 28, MANDY CLEARY heard the word “Cancer” come from her doctor’s mouth. Determined not to let her Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis defeat her, Mandy along with photographer and friend CHELSI MCFADDEN set out to document this monumental year in her life.

MORE INFO 
About Digital Issues:  All digital issues are an instant download once payment is processed and delivered to the email address provided at checkout.  This digital delivery takes approximately 10 minutes to be delivered to your inbox.  Due to the nature of these products, all sales are FINAL.  About Print Issues:  All print issues are printed and shipped by MagCloud.  Because each order is processed directly through our publisher, D+G has no ability to check on orders/ shipping/ errors/ etc.  For questions about your print issue order, click here to contact MagCloud directly.  *Be kind and please don’t copy or share our digital products. It brings 7 years of bad photo mojo!