Abby Taylor is one of our Top 30 under 30 featured photographers.
Here’s a little bit more about her, what she does, and some of her best advice:
Tell us how you got started in photography.
I was watching a movie and the main character was a photographer for Nat Geo and right then and there something clicked and I knew I wanted to be a photographer. Ten years and a graphic design career later and someone asked me to shoot their friend’s wedding. It didn’t go horribly so I shot a few more, and then decided to quit my day job and dive right into it without thinking about it too much. I have a bad habit of doing that, but it usually seems to work out.
Now that you are one of Canada’s top 30 under 30 wedding photographers, what’s next for you?
To conquer the world! Muahaha! Actually no, my partner and I plan to eventually shoot with associates and do mentoring. We also plan to balance the photography with more personal hobbies, like growing our own food and learning more about sustainability. I feel like having a rich personal life is not only important, but will make us better at both our craft and serving clients. We have to do different things that nourish our souls and inspire us.
How has attending photography seminars or photo conventions such as the Canada Photo Convention benefited you as a photographer?
It’s been huge for us! We’ve learned so much about shooting techniques and business practices that have helped us along the way. We’ve also learned how it feels to be part of a community. Going to Canada Photo Convention is like our Christmas. We get to reconnect with friends from all over the world and geek out about photography and the unique challenges and lifestyles we share.
What does it mean to you personally to be a young wedding photographer in Canada?
I feel like the wedding photography industry has changed so much over the past 10 years. From the way wedding days are captured to how businesses are run. We feel lucky to be part of a generation of photographers with so much openness and sharing. There’s this feeling that we all have something unique to offer, and if we share tips with each other that will only elevate everyone. And as for shooting in Canada, I’ve learned to wear a lot of layers, crawl through snow and shoot with numb fingers that refuse to move. Usually the more it sucks at the time the prettier things look in the photos. I’ve also learned that Canadian brides are hard core and will do anything for the shot.
Tell us about a pinch-me moment that you had where you just couldn’t believe that this became your life.
This winter we’re taking 5 months off and spending over two of them interning to build off-grid homes in New Mexico and then travelling throughout Europe. I guess a pinch me moment was realizing how grateful I am that we have the freedom to do this. It’s pretty amazing, and I try to remind myself of how lucky we are on a regular basis.
What’s one thing you would say to another photographer that’s just getting started?
The hard work is worth it. Know your camera inside and out, attend workshops and conferences, study the masters and practice until your shooting finger gets blisters. Be sure to ask professionals to critique your work. If you want to get better, critique and practice are the two most powerful tools at your disposal. And always leave the ego at home when you’re getting critiqued. ;) You never stop getting better, and the work just gets more gratifying.
To see more of Abby’s work, check out her website here.