We had the good fortune of connecting with Quentin Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quentin, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I would not say I pursued a creative career I kind of stumbled into it unknowingly. I got into photography as a hobby a few years ago when I purchased my first camera from a friend of mine. From there I went on a deep dive to truly understand the basics and then suddenly it blossomed into people requesting headshots, graduation photos, and prints. Honestly I feel like I had a huge advantage starting out because a lot of my friends are really great photographers so I had infinite resources. I’m truly enjoying the journey so far and look forward to more success.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Previously I was an event and marketing coordinator for the largest bike shop in Dallas, Texas. I was responsible for branding, events, marketing, and content creation. I have recently made the move to Boulder, Colorado to work for a bike manufacturer to assist them with marketing to their dealers. I am thrilled to transition into my new role and begin the next phase of my career. Honestly, the path to where I am now has not been easy. I’ve had a lot of frustrations come from learning new programs, dealing with difficult people, as well as working lots of overtime to achieve my goals. Although not easy It has been worth it and I look forward to more challenges a long the way. I think stumbling and having to ask for help or figure things out is what helps you become better at whatever you are doing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The week with my best friend would be spent exploring all the hiking trails near my house as well as some of the cool spots to eat drink in Denver and Boulder.
Our first day would be grabbing a bagel or breakfast burrito from Moe’s Bagel then setting off to Shanahan Ridge Trail.
Day two would be all out food exploration day a long with going to Boulder Bookstore and grabbing coffee at a local coffee shop.
Day three to five would be various adventures at local trails and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Day six obviously have to rest sometime.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I think I owe a lot of credit to a few of my friends who have helped me out a long the way. In no particular order I would like to thank Tristan Afre, Jonathan Zizzo, Garrett Weiler, Alex Giovanazzo, and Chris Way. All of these guys have taught me so much about various aspects of photography from going on adventures or just simple conversations. also would like to thank Blake Yard for mentioning my name for this interview. I truly appreciate the opportunity.