We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Breinholt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My balance as a photographer has changed in so many ways the last year. In 2019 I decided to pursue my side hobby as a side hustle. So from 2019 to the beginning of 2022 I had to balance my regular job and photography. In 2021 I began getting more and more clients and by the second half of the year I was practically working 2 full time jobs. I had to learn a balance between working 40 hours a week at my day job and being a full time photographer. By the end of most weeks I had worked 70-80 hours and was completely drained of any energy I had. Once I made the leap to being a full time photographer I had more time and energy on my hands to focus on photography as a whole. I’ve slowly learned how to balance working at home with my personal life mixed into my new work setting which has been a fun and challenging focus.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
When I first started doing portrait photography as a business it was super difficult for me! I use to hate portrait photography, when it was just a hobby I mainly focused on architecture and landscapes so I wasn’t very good at posing and working with lighting. I struggled for my first 2 years in my business because I viewed photography more as a chore than something I enjoyed, I was always so bored and unimpressed with my work. In 2021 I finally had the realization that I needed to look into things like mentorships or courses to expand my own understanding of how to be a portrait photographer. That was probably one of the best things I could do for myself. I was able to grow so much as a photographer and learn from some amazing mentors. I now absolutely love portrait photography and find it so much fun being able to work with so many amazing people. I’m always so honored when clients contact me asking me to be the one to capture their stories to share with the world. I’ve also been able to fall in love with photography by letting my own creative energy flow. I try to plan or attend at least one creative shoot a month to keep photography fun.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’re lucky to live in such an incredibly beautiful state. I would take them to as many places I could Sedona and flagstaff at the top of the list. Lots of hiking, kayaking the salt river, going to the lake. All of the fun things you can do outside in Arizona! Food wise we would go to Downtown gilbert! I grew up taking lots of pictures around Gilbert and there is such a wide verity of food there!
lastly for shopping theres no better place than Scottsdale! We’re also super lucky to have so many small businesses in Arizona. There are so many small business markets or farmers markets that go on in the valley I would love to show friends and try to support!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband has been my biggest cheerleader for me. Since we’ve been together he’s always supported me in growing my business. We’ve worked together as a team to save up for things like upgrading all of my gear, attending mentorships, and online business courses. When I have frustrations or problems arise he’s always been there to listen and support where he can. Most importantly to me he was the one that pushed me for so long to leave my job to focus on my career as a photographer. I would still be in an office working 70 hours a week if it wasn’t for him.
My sister has also been a huge blessing in my life. She was also a photographer/videographer for a number of years. When I decided to create a photography business and do more professional work she was always so willing to help me learn where she could help. I wouldn’t have progressed in this industry without her guidance and help!