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Daily Inspiration: Meet Marisa Taylor

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

Hi Marisa, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
When I was in middle school my parents got me a computer that came with a printer and a digital camera as some sort of package. My mom had a polaroid and a camera that took floppy disks that I had used in the past, but this new camera was faster and had more options. I took photos everywhere I went and of everything! At some point, that camera got stolen and I shelved my love of photography until 2018.

Over that summer, I was working a dead-end office job and someone there asked if I could help them with marketing for their side business so I bought a cheap Canon camera to take photos with, and the instant I picked that camera up from the store, I knew I wanted to be a full-time photographer! From there, I dove into watching Youtube tutorials, taking photos of strangers for free, and having coffee to pick the brains of a lot of local photographers. I have since worked with a few major label artists and have been a full-time content creator for a year!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Anyone chasing a dream will tell you it’s been the hardest and most rewarding journey. I’ve had clients that weren’t a good fit for my style, I’ve been told no countless times, I’ve had to chase down payments, the list goes on.

One of my worst days was when I reached a point that my equipment was holding me back and when I went to go buy a new camera body I was denied a credit card and couldn’t afford to buy it myself. Luckily, I have had a lot of friends help me along the way, and I am still using that camera body at every shoot!

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I started as a photographer and have developed into what I would consider a content creator. I still have a passion for photography and it is my main source of income, but I also offer videography, create cover art, and other miscellaneous bits of content for artists around Nashville.

I think what I’m most proud of, and also hopefully what I’m known for, is the experience that my clients get while working with me. I really try to focus on making them feel comfortable during the photo shoot. And while we’re there to get professional photos for socials or whatever, I really want them to look back on the pictures and feel really confident and have fond memories of the shoot itself.

Any big plans?
I’m looking forward to being on the road for an arena tour this fall! After that, I want to continue growing in my craft, learning, and meeting new clients.

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