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Hello! I'm Brittany Taylor, owner and photographer of CypressTreeMoon Photography.

Senior High School Student: Jei Valle-Riestra

I’ve known the Valle-Riestra family for 13 years. I had the pleasure of taking Jei’s Senior Photos. I always think it’s fun to keep some memories to look back on in questionnaires.

Good luck in your future endeavors!

From Jei:

I’m a senior at Pleasant Valley High School. I participate in pretty much everything art related – theatre productions, band, choir, and AP studio art. Art is my passion and I intend on going into animation for a career, but writing will always be my first love. I use my art to tell stories, for which I draw inspiration from video games, movies, comics, books, and other media.
Favorite Subject: biology and art
Accomplishments: section leader in band for 2 years, costume head for 4 theatre productions, stage manager for Radium Girls
College Plans/Future Goals: major in animation at Pacific Northwest College of Art and then make my own cartoon
Activities: Band, choir, theatre, and AP art
Dream Job: creator of a popular cartoon (something like Adventure Time)
Hobbies: gaming, writing, drawing, watching movies and shows, and listening to podcasts
Unusual Talent: making really, really weird voices and also being freakishly silent
Favorite Fictional Character: you’re asking a nerdy teenager who their favorite character is? That’s like asking an unbiased parent to name their favorite child.
Favorite Place on Earth: anywhere with a lot of trees and few people
Favorite Band/Artist/Song: The Cure, Weezer, and Oingo Boingo
3 Things I Can’t Live Without: my sketchbook, my art supplies, and my pets
My Friends Would Describe Me As: an absolute goober and madman
My Favorite Part of Senior Pictures: getting to look at pretty flowers and greenery
High School Memories: bringing Sweeney Todd to International Thes Fest and getting slapped with paint covered hands by one of my best friends

 

Perspective

Over the past few hours since I posted the last blog, I have gotten some very wonderful advice on both my website and plans for a new studio. 

I have some more serious revamping to do including moving my boudoir work to a completely different website. And working on my marketing to bring in the amount of clientele I want to justify having studio space. 

It was truly enlightening to gain this perspective. 

Was it what I wanted to hear? No. But sometimes what you want to hear and what you need to hear are completely opposite.

I will not be taking the studio space. 

What I will be doing is implementing the very valuable marketing advice I received to bring in new clients. 

Don’t discount the power of Facebook discussions. Thank you to the people in the business groups I am in for your advice, commentary, and feedback. It made a world of difference!

 I will be posting a new blog with some of my marketing advice next week! Stay tuned!

If you would like to know some of the tips I got or advice I received, leave me some comments below and I’ll gladly answer any questions you have!

New Studio

They say that something will come along that makes you understand why nothing else ever worked out.

I found this to be true with my son. My life took a completely different turn for the better after I had my ray of sunshine.

I found this true again when my husband found me in the least likely of circumstances. He’s my soulmate. 

I’ve been at a crossroads with a career. While I’ve tried dozens of jobs, photography just seems like the most important part of my career path. 

I LOVE showing others their timeless beauty and documenting their life through portraiture. 

I’ve been trying to break into the administrative career path to no avail. No results.

I’ve been stuck in a dead end janitor night job for 3 years. While it does offer some perks, it’s not where I want to be.

I tried going back to school for computer technology programs. And I couldn’t keep my mind off photography.

Recently there was a for rent sign at a local shop. It seemed so tempting that I couldn’t help but to call. I met the owner of said shop and was blown away. It is absolutely perfect for a photography studio. My studio. Where I want to be. Doing what I love to do. For the right price.

No other job has worked out. My efforts to break into a different career have not been successful.

What is stopping me?

Me. My lack of faith in myself to make this work. I crunched the numbers and if I had more faith… I could make this work. I would have to do it full time. And that scares me. Having to rely on my own abilities scares me. The thought of losing that much money and failure…is scary. 

My current marketing efforts haven’t been very successful either and that is very important since I need to have established clients to make it work and I currently do not. I have honestly put photography on the back burner while trying to pursue alternative careers. 

I believe this is my calling.

What would you do? 

Would you take the leap of faith and go for it? Or would you stay on the straight and narrow safe path until a more secure possibility comes along?

Let me know in the comments!

Mallory J

On 7/26/16 I had the pleasure of working with the beautiful model Mallory J. She needed a small urban set for a magazine. So we did a VERY quick session at the court in the “Village of East Davenport.” I hope one of our photos gets picked to be featured in the magazine! Let me know how it goes Mallory!

 

 

You can find other works of Mallory J here:

Model Mayhem # 3830596
 https://www.facebook.com/msmalloryj/

Amber Hendricks part 2

Once again I had the pleasure of working with the lovely and talented Ms. Hendricks! We decided on an outdoor session this time. Downtown Davenport offers some amazing views to showcase such a gorgeous woman! Here are some of the results from our photo session.

 

 

She’s now part of KMT.

KMT is an agency, management, and training facility for models, singers, dancers, and actors seeking growth and development for a thriving career in their passion. KMT eagerly works on behalf of their clients to make sure they get the best placement for their level of work.

The Larson Family

The Family Next Door

When I was just a sweet little teen girl, a new family moved next door to my dad’s house. While my dad was building on his back deck my curious mind kept checking over the fence to the hustle and bustle of the new family moving in. I remember my excitement when they had kids!!! Two awesome boys to be exact! One was just a year older than me and the other just 3 years behind. I finally got to meet them after some time. We all became great friends and have shared years of adventures. While our lives have sent us on many different paths, occasionally we cross paths and it’s always fun! I had the pleasure of photographing their family last weekend. Here’s a few of the spectacular portraits I got!

Larson FamilyToddler and Newborn  NewbornToddler Newborn

Krys – Boudoir Client

Recently I had a session with a very lovely new client. She told me about some struggles she had with health issues and weight loss. She wanted to see herself the way others did, and a way to feel beautiful. I said have no worries, you came to the right place! We had a fantastic time and her images came out absolutely gorgeous!!!! I had the privilege to get an interview from her as well as her product reveal. Check out below for the insight!