TAYLOR TAILLEUR & ALICIA FLORES

I'm twenty six, originally from California, but have plans to move to Germany at the end of the year. Photography just kind of happened, I never thought I would do it to earn my living. My first gig was an accident. A friend was working at a sportswear company; they were developing a new campaign for their website. The day of the shoot, the photographer didn't show up, he asked me to fill in. After that I just always had a camera. It was a snowball effect from then on, I started meeting models and getting more involved in the industry.

 

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I had been meaning to shoot with Alicia and that location for a while, so everything just fell into place. No vision, I just like to keep it simple. A lot of ideas come up on set, it's a creative process between you and the model. It was a fun set, she's is one of those girls that came prepared, lovely personality and extremely easy to work with. She brought wine, which was a big plus in my book.

We know a lot of the same people, a photographer whose opinion I respect also spoke highly of her. We already followed each other on social media, so we just teamed up.

 

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I like models who can pull off simple looks, If I like her look I'll just reach out. Based on my interaction with them there are certain things I'll try to pick up on. I look for people who are respectful of your time. Communication is a big deal for me, people who confirm things in advance and are time oriented are a joy to work with. Luckily all the models I've worked with until now, fall under that category.

 

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I'm comfortable, but I'm comfortable around women in general and enjoy capturing femininity. It's important to be confident because it gives them confidence also, if my models are at ease than so am I.

I think a lot about my models' comfort level. I try to put myself in their shoes. I mean, you go strip down in front of a guy you hardly know, at a place you've never been and have a camera clicking away at you nonstop for an afternoon, that's nerve-racking stuff! Pictures of models in lingerie isn't fail proof, a good picture has a lot to do with the vibe on set, not just skill. You can always see on someone's work when the model was nervous or felt awkward; everything shows up on photos.

 

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There's a quote I like to live by, goes like this: "By definition, you have to live until you die. Better to make that life as complete and enjoyable an experience as possible, in case death is shite, which I suspect it will be." -- Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting.

 













Alicia Flores // afloresfitness

Taylor Tailleur // taylor.tailleur // hellotaylortailleur.tumblr.com

 

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