Taylor Lord

The wedding day is filled with deeply felt emotions and rich interactions with family and friends. You form memories that will last a life time as a new family is created and new life begins. Thankfully there are gifted and talented photographers who beautifully capture your day.

Based in Dallas, Texas Taylor Lord beautifully captures every aspect of the wedding day. Taylor shares the habits, routines and stories that make her the photographer she has become. Enjoy getting to know her lovely self.  

Heirloom: What are your morning routines? How do you like to begin each new day?

Taylor: I wish this was more interesting and inspiring! It mostly revolves around coffee and getting out of the door on time with my little one, who is currently four months old! We always go on some sort of adventure in the mornings, and then I try to work in the afternoons during nap time! :)

Heirloom: Tell us your journey? What led you to specialize in wedding photography?

Taylor: A dear friend saw some of my DSLR + film work on Facebook (thanks Facebook!) and invited me to come second shoot with her for a wedding season. It changed my life! I fell in love with weddings- I loved meeting people, seeing their love story and getting to know their family and friends during the day, as well as the “art” aspect of capturing it for them (and myself!). I started my own business soon after and began to specialize more in the fine art side of weddings. I love the classic look and always strive for something beautiful but timeless, as well as those emotional “decisive moment” images.

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Heirloom: Who are your biggest artistic influences and what draws you to their work?
Taylor: I think the majority of my artistic influences are not in the wedding industry, which I highly recommend! I just saw the Amy Winehouse documentary and am very inspired by her candidness within her work, and how the biggest tragedy of her life drove her to create her most successful album and music. Alexander McQueen is also a huge inspiration- no one in fashion has really thought so much outside of the box as he did and his brand is still creating great work, even after his death. I guess I might have a secret dark side behind all the light and airy images!

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Heirloom: Tell us the story of your biggest challenge and how you managed to overcome it.

Taylor: My biggest challenge has definitely been managing everything during the really busy times. As a wife, daughter, friend, sister, and business owner, there have been a lot of times I have fallen short in one of those roles, and it’s by far the most stressful thing to me. The most helpful thing I did to overcome this was to take an actual Sabbath once a week. It made me more productive during the week and allowed me the time I needed to be the wife, daughter, friend, and sister, as the “business owner” side consumed the majority of the rest of the week and weekends!

Heirloom: What has been the most shaping and helpful advice you have received?

Taylor: Treat every client as if they’re your first client.

Emilie Anne Photography

We had an amazing weekend celebrating life, marriage and the God who designed and gifted them both to us. It was full of fun, laughter and tears of joy as we witnessed two people we dearly love join in the covenant of marriage. They exchanged vows to love, honor and cherish one another regardless what may come. It takes something powerful and beautiful to sustain their vows, something beyond what they can muster in and of themselves. Dietrich Bonhoeffer captures this well in his Letters and Papers from Prison,

“God gives you Christ as the foundation for your marriage. “Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Rom. 15:7)… Don’t insist on your rights, don’t blame each other, don’t judge or condemn each other, don’t find fault with each other, but accept each other as you are, and forgive each other every day from the bottom of your hearts.” 

Whether the wedding day or an engagement session Emilie of Emilie Anne Photography beautifully captures the love and devotion two people share. Residing in Austin, TX, Emilie is intensely passionate about capturing every detail of the wedding day and we couldn’t be happier to share her story with you today.

Heirloom: Do you have any morning routines? If so, would you mind sharing what they are and how they set you up for success? 

Emilie: I like to start my morning off with a good cup of coffee with lots of cream and sugar. Just the smell of coffee makes my soul jump alive. This along with morning kisses and cuddles from my two fur babies. 

Heirloom: Tell us about your journey. What led you to discover a love for photography? 

Emilie: Growing up I loved playing with the disposable film cameras and for my 15th birthday my parents gave me my first digital camera. I never considered becoming a professional photographer until I graduated high school and even then it was a hobby. I took some photography classes and through each assignment I realized how much I loved taking photos and sharing them with others. Now I could not imagine doing anything else.

Heirloom:  Why did you choose to specialize in wedding photography? 

Emilie: Weddings are special to me, I love being a witness as couples enter into marriage and capturing these moments. I am also very detailed oriented making a weddings a perfect fit.

Heirloom: Where do you turn for inspiration? 

Emilie: I find my inspiration in all that is around me, from my family + friends, to nature and colors. It is really hard for me to pinpoint one place, as an artist I see things from a different point of view. 

Heirloom: What advice would you share with a new photographer over coffee? 

Emilie: My sister told me one day, "you do you" and it really stuck with me. It is so easy to get caught up in comparing yourself with others and it is not productive. Focusing on being who you are and where you want to be, everything will fall into place as it should.  

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