Taylor Boyd, Unraveled | An Interview

We are stoked to be interviewing Taylor Boyd today on the blog today. What stands out most about Taylor is her passion for capturing authenticity in her work. She is all about finding vulnerability and throwing away the idea of "posing" which is something we LOVE. To top it off, the warmth, creamy skin tones and romantic skies present in her work are flawless. Hence, why we asked her to do an editing video in the Academy. 

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Instagram Handle: @photosbytb

Your Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/photosbytb

Where are you located?: Boerne, Tx

What do you love to shoot most? : My favorites things to focus on are young families especially. They open windows to magical moments, and I think that is what drives me the most. I also adore couples. The energy and vibes you get when opening moments for them to be themselves, and find the chemistry.

What inspires your art? : I can't sum this up in one paragraph. Life in general. I find it so funny that just a year ago, when I decided to pursue photography as a "hobby", I saw the world in new colors. 
I found colors to pop more, and landscapes to scream " USE ME!"- Funny, yes- I am serious though. I find that just seeing the world through a lens opens up a whole new world of art to me.

What do you shoot with?: Mostly my Canon 6D, & Sigma 24mm Art

What other ways do you express your creativity?: I am a Mom, so my two kids are my way to channel my creativity. 
I find that emotive photography, dramatic moments, and sweet personalities help me to find that specific moment I am looking for.

How do you de-stress at the end of the day?: Ah... unwinding. 
I am a hulu junkie, and a long bath taker. I hide from the little ones, and try to not think about the load of work I have waiting on me. HA!

What kind of music do you listen to while editing?: I'm an "All types of music" girl, but to be honest: I set up a movie or show that I have already seen, and listen to it while I edit away!

What is your favorite book?: Francine Rivers: Redeeming love

Name one movie that inspires you.: Does the show "This is us" Count as a movie? LOL

How do you handle self-doubt or creative slumps?: I have to remind myself to focus on myself, and my work. I find myself looking at others work, wondering when I will "Get there", but I also have to look back and see how far I have come in just 13 months.

I sometimes will find a gorgeous couple or young family, reach out, and channel my creativity through them. It also helps to get my bookings flowing.

What has been the most difficult part of your creative journey?: Finding MYSELF.

I admire SO many incredible artists, so the hardest part of the journey has been trying to find who I want to be, and who I want to become. 
I loved the bright and airy look when I first jumped into photography. Soon after, I couldn't help but be drawn to the moodier side. It was hard to transition. I lost some clients, gained some, and now I am blown away at the response.

Who is one of your favorite photographers?: One? AGH. SO many. 

I would say the main person to inspire me would be Twyla Jones. 
I am DYING to be mentored by her, and learn all that she has locked up in that brain of hers!

Featured | Wild + Free | A Family's Beach Adventure

This featured session was documented by Kristen Vincent. We were originally drawn to it because of the vibrant colors and golden tones, yet it's the connections and movement that truly wow us.

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Photographer: Kristen Vincent Photography

Location: San Diego, CA

Gear used: Canon Mark ll & a Sigma 35mm Art

Tell us more about the heart/story behind this session: 

I've been photographing this rad family for over 8 years! Big Sis, in the yellow dress, was my very first newborn client the first year of my business. We have become great friends over the years and it's been a very special thing to photograph a family through three little ones, a move to Hawaii (I got to photograph them there too) and all the big milestones in between. They are leaving San Diego soon and wanted one last beach session before they headed out. I knew going into the session that they were a very rambunctious group. Momma and I had a chat during our planning phase and I encouraged her to allow them to be who they are and have fun. Tears were shed as she saw the finished images...they capture who they are right now and that meant everything to her.

Keziah Kelsey, Unraveled | An Interview

Keziah Kelsey of BabyRose Photography is located in Colorado and has an incredible talent for making honest and raw portraits of real life. Her portraits of motherhood stand out to us because she never holds back. She never fails to shock us in the most beautiful way. She is brave. And edgy. And authentic. She says, "tell me your story and I'll make it's portrait." And that is exactly what she does. 

Keziah's course in the Academy, "Beautifully Raw Motherhood Stories" will be live in the school this June!!

For more inspiration from Keziah, check her: 

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What do you love to shoot most? I am deeply in the work of young parenting and motherhood at the moment. As a mother of a young child myself, I connect to this season fo life and am very interested in talking about the complexity of parenthood; how it changes us, how it reveals us and how difficult and wondrous it can be.

What inspires your art? I am inspired by nearly everything! I love the mundane, the most honest moments of ourselves; running a bath for a child, brewing coffee to wake up in the morning, the crunch of leaves under my feet on a walk with the dogs. The ordinary and constant is a perpetual source of inspiration. I also deeply love master fine art painting through history and am continually inspired by the tones and light.

What do you shoot with? I currently shoot with a Mark3, my Mamiya ( when its not in the shop!) and occasionally my first camera - Zeiss Contaflex My favorite lens is my Sigma 35Art

What other ways do you express your creativity? I love the montessori method of education and so I have built a little workroom at home for my son. I build three part cards, design mazes and other little handouts for him and sew him playmats based on his interests ( land air & sea for his little animals and a weather playmat are the big winners)

How do you de-stress at the end of the day? I love to sit down with my wife at the table after our kiddo is in bed and just talk. We pour a glass of wine and talk about the world, our days or some silly thing we saw on FB. It gives me time to become an adult again for a while and reconnect to her.

What kind of music do you listen to while editing? I listen to a lot of folk and alternative, lots of emo things ;) Sometimes I listen to podcasts as well

What is your favorite book? ohhhhh man, this is too tough! I love Psion by Joan D. Vinge, Sunshine by Robin McKinnley and The Satanic Verse by Salman Rushdie but I am a HUGE reader and love to devour books. I just recently read Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and it was so beautiful I cried the whole way through, her creative vision is so in tune with my own and yet so magically different.

Name one movie that inspires you. The Signal. it's pitch perfect.

How do you handle self-doubt or creative slumps? Boy, the million dollar question!! I tend to just go out and make something when i'm struggling, something just for myself and usually with another human so i can sort of peerk myself up through the connection to them.

What has been the most difficult part of your creative journey? I think the constant tension between creating something you adore and then having to follow it up with something else. Growing and changing and shifting is hard enough but knowing that we now depend on an 'audience' as modern creatives, and knowing we might abruptly be done with a concept or idea but our audience won't be... thats always tough to navigate.

Who is one of your favorite photographers? Sally Mann, Imogen Cunningham, Annie Leibovitz women inspired me my whole journey

Steph Pate, Unraveled | An Interview

We are stoked to share our interview with Steph Pate with you all today. Located in sunny San Diego, Steph is not only a super active student and member of our community but she also created a beautiful little lesson on children's portraiture within our Academy. Oh, and the best part? We got to squeeze her in real life at the Unraveled Retreat in Utah. Soooo, let's just say, we are going to keep her...forever. Her work is classic and powerful and her vibes are rad. 

To view Steph's course and enroll in the Academy, please go HERE. 

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What do you love to shoot most? : I love to capture ALL moments. The good, the bad, everything. Anything that evokes emotions or a memory. I want to freeze that moment forever in a frame.

What inspires your art? : My family is my biggest inspiration. I am a mother to 3 beautiful girls, both my husband and I grew up in a single parent homes. We didn't possess many photos from our childhoods and I wanted to change this. I wanted amazing photos for my girls to share with their kids when they grew up! 
Historical art and photography is another source of inspiration for me. I do try to incorporate that inspiration into my shoots . l enjoy creating photos that spark that sense of nostalgia from my own childhood. I find myself constantly being able to evolve in this way and always, always happy with my shoots.

What do you shoot with?: Nikon D850 & Nikkon 35mm 1.4

What other ways do you express your creativity?: I was a seamstress once! I used to own a small childrens' clothing shop and from time to time I will sew something for the girls. I also love working with flowers! Making flower crowns ("haku" lei's- "haku" is basically a Hawaiian flower crown)) or flower lei's. It's a Polynesian past time that I thoroughly enjoy doing when I have the extra time to- lots of pictures happen usually along with that too.

How do you de-stress at the end of the day?: YOOO! Yoga & surfing keeps me grounded! I like walks on the beach too, or maybe even eat a brownie :P Glass of wine. I guess it just depends on how stressful the day. I do really try at some point during the day and take at least 5 min to meditate and be present in the moment; be conscious to receive and release energy. My 5 min mommy "time-out".

What kind of music do you listen to while editing?: It depends on what I am editing,I could honestly go for classic rock all day- love Fleetwood Mac! I will drop in Adele, Kiiara, Goldfrapp, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bob Marley- ya it's a bit of a mix. I love all music really. Anything that just makes you want to get up and dance is good editing music to me.

What is your favorite book?: Rupi Kaur - "The Sun and her Flowers"
"Big Magic" - Elizabeth Gilbert

Name one movie that inspires you.: Goonies - Steven Speilberg - Epic 80's classic

How do you handle self-doubt or creative slumps?: Just keep shooting through it. Something will come. But do not put that camera down.

What has been the most difficult part of your creative journey?: The most difficult part of my photography journey was trying to stay authentic to myself and not make comparisons to other works. It became important to me to try to keep focus and learn to build my own self confidence. If I could give my younger photographer self advice, it would be shoot what you love, don't compare yourself to others, believe in your work, shoot for light first- subject second and hit every angle for all the shots. Don't ever be afraid to try anything new and most of all, have fun just doing your thing.

Who is one of your favorite photographers?: Vivian Maier, Saul Leiter, Twyla Jones, Henry Benson, Marilyn Mugot, Brooke Shaden, Anka Zhuravleva, Adi Dekel

Week 15 + 16 | Unafraid

I am going to begin this post by acknowledging the fact that no one is perfect. I feel like I am continuously going on and on about my mistakes. I'm constantly dropping the ball – on this 52 week project, my life, my kid's lives, work. Everywhere, really. I could list dozens of appointments I've missed and snacks I've forgotten to pack. Hell, if I am being honest, I even forgot to pack something for show and tell for my kid the other day. I mean come on, what is wrong with me? 

Anyway, the question becomes: what am I going to do about it? The answer is nothing. I am going to do absolutely nothing about it except give myself some grace. I am going to keep on trudging and trying because I love every single aspect of my life and I am unwilling to sacrifice any part of it. Even if I suck at it sometimes.

So, while I wish there was a point here and the theme last week was "grace" or something equally relatable, it isn't. The theme was unafraid – twice. Because, well, I dropped another ball and we doubled up. 

If nothing else, I guess you can say that I am UNAFRAID to be honest. And that counts for something, right? 

UNAFRAID. 

 Unafraid by Sandra Greer  "Unafraid of the new, the adventure and the risk. Thats what childhood is all about!!"

Unafraid by Sandra Greer

"Unafraid of the new, the adventure and the risk. Thats what childhood is all about!!"

 Unafraid by Laurel Nick Critti  "My sweet girl.......be unafraid to take those next steps, be unafraid to trust in yourself, be unafraid to defend yourself if needed, be unafraid to explore the beautiful world around you, and be unafraid to truly believe that YOU are amazing and we are all one of a kind for a reason."

Unafraid by Laurel Nick Critti

"My sweet girl.......be unafraid to take those next steps, be unafraid to trust in yourself, be unafraid to defend yourself if needed, be unafraid to explore the beautiful world around you, and be unafraid to truly believe that YOU are amazing and we are all one of a kind for a reason."

 Unafraid, words by Nicole Streeter, image by Codi Shandel Kline "I am unafraid to nurse my baby. I find it crazy how a culture so obsessed with breasts are so scared of seeing them doing what they were meant to do. I am the first on both sides to have a baby, but I have never hid away to nurse. My family has always been so encouraging and supportive and I made sure to pave the way for my sisters.   I wish I would have brought my camera into IKEA yesterday when I nursed her on a bed display but this photo is one of my favorites of me by the amazing Codi Shandel Kline, so I asked her if it was ok to share. I will always treasure this photo. So raw and real."

Unafraid, words by Nicole Streeter, image by Codi Shandel Kline
"I am unafraid to nurse my baby. I find it crazy how a culture so obsessed with breasts are so scared of seeing them doing what they were meant to do. I am the first on both sides to have a baby, but I have never hid away to nurse. My family has always been so encouraging and supportive and I made sure to pave the way for my sisters. 

I wish I would have brought my camera into IKEA yesterday when I nursed her on a bed display but this photo is one of my favorites of me by the amazing Codi Shandel Kline, so I asked her if it was ok to share. I will always treasure this photo. So raw and real."

 Unafraid by Caroline Over  "I wish I was as unafraid as my son. All week I have 'ummmed and ahhhhed' about whether I should post a picture I created for this theme. I felt it was a bit risque so decided against, but I do hope I become less afraid to share my art as I explore my self portrait project this year."

Unafraid by Caroline Over

"I wish I was as unafraid as my son. All week I have 'ummmed and ahhhhed' about whether I should post a picture I created for this theme. I felt it was a bit risque so decided against, but I do hope I become less afraid to share my art as I explore my self portrait project this year."

 Unafraid by Sophie Palmer  "I guess since there is no new theme yet I'll just post another unafraid pic. Neither of them wanted to touch them at first but by the end of the afternoon they were catching jellyfish like nobodies business!"   {thanks for calling me out Sophie haha}

Unafraid by Sophie Palmer

"I guess since there is no new theme yet I'll just post another unafraid pic. Neither of them wanted to touch them at first but by the end of the afternoon they were catching jellyfish like nobodies business!"

{thanks for calling me out Sophie haha}

  Unafraid by LeAnna Campbell Azzolini   "As I push myself through my self portrait project, I find that I’m becoming less afraid of what others think. I still feel the fear...but I’m doing it anyway."

 Unafraid by LeAnna Campbell Azzolini

"As I push myself through my self portrait project, I find that I’m becoming less afraid of what others think. I still feel the fear...but I’m doing it anyway."

 Unafraid by Kathleen White  "Life as a new mama of 3 hasn't been easy but I know we'll be okay."

Unafraid by Kathleen White

"Life as a new mama of 3 hasn't been easy but I know we'll be okay."

 Unafraid by Christina Pauline Crandell   "This deep thinker of mine is unafraid to be alone. That is a skill that some adults haven't mastered. We must find a way to be comfortable with ourselves, content to not always expect an outside influence to entertain or amuse us. It fosters an inner contentedness that will serve her well in the future. I miss her when she hides away to read, listen to music, or draw for hours by herself but I love it when she finally emerges to find me and then we talk. I am so proud of her."

Unafraid by Christina Pauline Crandell

"This deep thinker of mine is unafraid to be alone. That is a skill that some adults haven't mastered. We must find a way to be comfortable with ourselves, content to not always expect an outside influence to entertain or amuse us. It fosters an inner contentedness that will serve her well in the future. I miss her when she hides away to read, listen to music, or draw for hours by herself but I love it when she finally emerges to find me and then we talk. I am so proud of her."

 Unafraid by Bergen Howlett  "But, honestly, I'm scared enough for the both of us."

Unafraid by Bergen Howlett

"But, honestly, I'm scared enough for the both of us."

 Unafraid by Emma Madsen   women: we can magic fire out of air. -amanda lovelace

Unafraid by Emma Madsen

women:
we can magic
fire
out of
air.
-amanda lovelace

 Unafraid by Magda Cichocka  "She used to be very shy. The whole 5 years of high school she was bullied by students and teachers, because she was smart, because she didn't have a boyfriend, because she was being herself...but she was unafraid in following her dreams and being truly, who she wanted to be.  Now she is almost 20. The world belongs to her and she is unafraid."

Unafraid by Magda Cichocka

"She used to be very shy. The whole 5 years of high school she was bullied by students and teachers, because she was smart, because she didn't have a boyfriend, because she was being herself...but she was unafraid in following her dreams and being truly, who she wanted to be. 
Now she is almost 20. The world belongs to her and she is unafraid."

 Unafraid by Jennifer Kapala  "Been awhile. I have been afraid, but recently made many changes and took many steps forward. Just had my birthday and am UNAFRAID to finally admit that I have a really tacky side that I love, and that I asked for (and got) a fabulous two person pegasus float for my bday - and here I am on it...."

Unafraid by Jennifer Kapala

"Been awhile. I have been afraid, but recently made many changes and took many steps forward. Just had my birthday and am UNAFRAID to finally admit that I have a really tacky side that I love, and that I asked for (and got) a fabulous two person pegasus float for my bday - and here I am on it...."