"Must be nice"- This is something that a stranger said to me on Facebook after I posted a photo of my brand new D800 sitting in it's box on my kitchen counter.  I'm not exactly sure what she meant by those words.  It must be nice that what?  That I've worked my butt off to be able to afford my dream camera? I'm not sure. 
Though I am not exactly certain about what she meant, this is something I've had on my mind for quite some time: Getting to where you want to go takes love, hard work, dedication, and yes, a little more love.  Owning my dream camera is something that took three years. Three years of nonstop dedication. Hard work. Late nights. Tired mornings. Work-filled weekends. Work-filled holidays. Less time with family. Less time with friends. More time with my camera. More time with Photoshop. 
This is something that I have worked for. This is something that I deserve.
Here is something that I found on Pinterest (please excuse the language). I think this illustrates the point I am trying to make quite well:
I'm still working my butt off to get to where I want to be.  And to be quite honest, I'm not sure where I'm heading.  And I'm not sure if I'll ever be settled with where I'm at.
I feel like I'll always be reaching for the sky.  And I'm 100% okay with that.
This is the first shot I have taken with my new baby. She's a whole different beast compared to my first two, so I have a lot of learning to do. I'm looking forward to it.
Smiles and lots of love, Taylor
P.S. I want to thank my little sis for always being my "test bunny". I love you baby Al.
 
 
Like apple cheerios, hugs, and slobbery kisses.
And adoring every moment of her sweet voice saying, "I love you, Teeler".
And hearing her little feet stomp around the house as she's chasing my dogs.
And watching her fly fearlessly down the big slide.
...
And now I'm left wondering how she went from being so tiny to being a toddler in what feels like a matter of minutes.
Oh my, sweet Laila Rose, please slow down.
Have a great week, everyone. <3
Smiles and lots of love, Taylor
 
 
See what I mean?
Peyton got a kitten for her birthday! I can't get over how gentle she was with him.
I love this girl.
Oh, my sweetness...
I've been photographing Peyton since she was a newborn.  Now, she is almost 2 years old and yes, she really is as sweet as she seems in these photographs.  
Smiles and lots of love, Taylor
P.S. She's welcome back ANYTIME, Lauren!<3<3<3
 
 
Smiles and lots of love, Taylor
 
 
This little fella was born on April 1st. Let me just say that during our session, the circuit breaker shorted twice, my battery spontaneously died, and it was pouring rain.
This April Fool's baby is causing all kinds of trouble already, but he's just way too cute to blame. His session was well-worth the dead battery, wet props, and shortages.  I could've easily stayed and snuggled him all day. :)
He slept so good for me, but I wanted to show off some of his awake shots as well. I couldn't get enough of his bright eyes and sweet expressions.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Smiles and lots of love, Taylor
 
 
This photograph I took of sweet miss Ariana is going to be featured on WTOL News tonight at 6pm! 
Feeling very blessed. <3
Smiles and lots of love, Taylor
 
 
I'm just stoppin' in to let you know that sneak peeks are on the way. I have been a very busy girl these past couple of weeks...
So many babies, so little time! Thanks for being patient:)
Smiles and lots of love, Taylor
 
 
Smiles and lots of love, Taylor
 
 
It demanded that I be better behind the camera,
and it coaxed me to be better away from the camera.
It shaped me to be a better me.
It showed me how to be open-minded, spontaneous, and confident.
It changed the way I view the world and those around me.
It gave me a new perspective on families, their dynamics, and their relationships.
It gave me new meanings to the words "instinct" and "passion".
It was my first love.
It made me realize what it truly means to capture a moment,
and it made me see how quickly those moments are truly fleeting.
Smiles and lots of love, Taylor
 
 
Smiles and lots of love, Taylor