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Check Out Michael Taylor’s Story

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

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
A few years ago in 2018, I was suicidal. Finding motivation for anything was extremely hard, it sucked to go out of my house and do anything honestly. I ended up finding Christ through the help of a few friends, however, and since then I was exposed to a lot of random hobbies and talents that I wasn’t aware that I had until then. I began writing music and poems while also doing an insane amount of photography because I just found that it was just a fun little side thing to show people the world through my eyes.

It wasn’t until I went to Europe in 2019 that I started to take it a bit more seriously, as the group that I went with designated me as the photographer for everyone (keep in mind that it was about 30 people that I had to shoot for). Since then, off and on, I’ll go out and explore and just take tons and tons of photos as a release for built-up stress and other negative emotions. It is really one of my biggest bailouts from the surrounding world.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I wouldn’t say it’s been much of a smooth road. I started to do portrait photography recently and finding clients to help build my portfolio is a nightmare! But besides that, I only recently started shooting with an actual camera. All of my work from before March of this year was all done with my phone!

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Right now, I’m just a student trying to make my way through the system and find out what to do with my life. College is honestly a really big obstacle, but I’m enjoying the fact of knowing that I’ll be out there soon taking photos of happy people and hoping to make their day with something they’ll never forget.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
The main things that get me through life are music, editing software (such as vsco or lightroom), chess, and the bible. Those are really the only things that I’d say genuinely help me in any way, development-wise. Social media does nothing more than just distract and get in the way, unfortunately.

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