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Exploring First Light
Playing on the beach in the morning with creator, Taylor Reynolds.

Taylor Reynolds considers light her most versatile tool when creating stylized shoots. For her latest project, she and her team woke up before dawn and set out for the beach to steal what they could of the morning light.

What camera did you shoot on?

TR: This series was shot on a Canon EOS 5d Mark III

What inspired this particular project?

TR: This shoot was inspired by an interest in soft natural lighting. Many of my shoots utilize natural light. Sometimes this brings harsh shadows and heavy contrast depending on the time of day. For this shoot I wanted to work with the softness that comes from sunrise, so we drove out to the beach at 6:00am to try and capture this.

Are you purely a photographer or do you have other creative pursuits?

TR: I consider myself a multi-media creative—working with photo, video and design collectively and interchangeably.

Why did you chose photography over other creative mediums?

TR: There are a lot of elements that can be filed under the process behind photography. You have producing and ideation—location scouting, prop sourcing, etc. You have directing and conceptualizing—analyzing the way the body moves and its connection to language. And then there are the actual technicalities behind the craft and the process in post—moving pixels around to composite something new. The practice is very all encompassing of the many different ways of thinking—and it satisfies my appetite to dabble in it all.

How does your gear help you be a better photographer?

TR: My gear has helped me to become a better photographer because it’s taught me to think more deeply about lighting, space and subject and their connection to each other.

If you could shoot any subject who would it be and why?

TR: Dev Hynes! Aside from the devoted music fan inside me, his presence seems so rhythmic—his body language and movement would make for a really beautiful portrait.

If you could go anywhere to shoot where would it be and why?

TR: Hmmm tough to say but black sand beach (Vik) in Iceland would be very cool!

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For more of Taylor’s work:


Taylor Reynolds
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