TAYLOR BARTRAM | The Story of Multitudes
Interview With: Angela Butkus
What about photography that inspired you to use it as a creative outlet?
I can remember ever since I was a kid I have always been in love with the fact that you can make something so ordinary seem so fascinating and beautiful with photography. I became addicted to the idea that with my little camera I could create a scene beautiful that it basically didn’t exist in real life. I could photograph something so simple but when you view it, it compels you to feel a certain emotion. I love that I can convey emotion through photography.
You shoot a multitude of genres of photography, and all of your photos in each category seem to capture a certain energy. Are there any particular elements that go into the dynamics of each photo regardless of genre?
I do shoot a lot of genres-- I started with creative photography and it somehow expanded into a full blown portrait business. Its pretty rad, but there are definitely certain elements that I include in each of them. I actually started out shooting film in high school and I completely fell in love with the look and feel of it, it’s so raw. And I think that has always been a huge influence on my work. Whether I try to or not, my work always ends up having sort of a film or nostalgic look. It varies depending on what Im shooting, but I think it’s noticeable that I am attracted to dark tones and grain.
“Let Me Tell Your Story!” seems to be at the heart of your work. What interests you the most about human nature and how do you tie that into your photography?
I think something so interesting about human nature is that you can’t predict it. Everyone is so different. I love people watching, people are so strange and beautiful that I can’t get enough of it. I love photographing couples and watching them interact. A big part of my job is getting to know my clients and being able to convey their love and personalities in my photos. Being around people who are at the peak of their love together is so inspiring to be around. I always seem to leave my engagement shoots with a huge smile and feeling so happy just because I was surrounded by so much loving energy that I just absorbed it all. It’s that sort of love that I try to express through their photos, to give them photos to look back at forever and be able to remember how in love they felt at that time in their lives.
We really enjoy your boudoir images and how beautiful they are and so tastefully done. What do you feel is the most fascinating aspect of the female spirit & form?
Ah I love boudoir! Women are amazing, they are so elegant and beautiful that nothing compares. I feel so strongly about boudoir, its important to me. We live in a world where media over sexualizes women and whether we're aware of it or not, we are constantly being told what we need to look like to be beautiful. My main goal when Im shooting boudoir is to make my girls feel the most beautiful they have ever felt and to feel comfortable in their own skin. It shouldn’t matter what we look like, it should matter how we feel. And we should love ourselves as we are. I think that is so important as women and we don’t nearly see enough women empowering each other as we should. Women are just so special and beautiful, and we need to stop feeling like we’re not.
You recently have been to Italy & Capri. Can you tell me a little bit about your experience there and how both places have influenced the vision you have for your art?
Yes! Europe was amazing. It has been a long time dream of mine to backpack through Europe and I finally got to do it. And that alone was inspirational and influential. Being in such different territory and outside of my comfort zone was a huge step in my life and in my work, you always hear people say that traveling changes you and it really does. I learned a lot about myself when I was gone and really just learned I want to live my life traveling and taking photos of interesting people. I want to be able to meet people form across the world and photograph their wedding or just hang out and take pictures of all the gorgeous things in this world I’ve never seen.
What doyou feel is the most difficult part of your work and how would you describe your process of growing within your art form?
This is a tough one. I think the most difficult part of my work is being confident in what I do. I constantly struggle with that. It’s a growing process and I try to work on it daily but there is always a small part of me that feels nervous going into a shoot because I tend to second guess myself at times. BUT, as soon as I meet my client and we start shooting and we start to vibe with each other that feeling goes away and my creativity takes its place. I learn more every day and become more and more confident that I am good at what I do.
What do you want your viewers to take away from seeing an image that you have produced?
I guess ultimately I want my viewers to just feel something when they look at an image of mine. I don’t care what it is exactly, but as long as they stop to look at it and wonder, or if they just like the style. I just want my work to have some sort of impact on people. I have had strangers reach out to me just to tell me they admire my work and want to thank me for doing what I do. Its stuff like that that inspires me and keeps me creating.