Interview: Photographer Taylor Hoover
Taylor Hoover’s dark, contrasted visions drew our attention in and compelled us to ask him a few questions about his background and where the creator of the his cold-toned photos comes from!
Where and how did your start in photography begin?
I started taking photos at the young age of 14. I found an old 35mm at a thrift store, and that’s really how I learned how to use a camera!
How would you distinguish your style?
I’d say my style is outdoor/ lifestyle/ adventure portraiture.
Are there any special experiences being a photographer has brought you?
Going on adventures with my girlfriend and taking photos! It has become a special thing to both of us. Also Meeting Other awesome photographers in the last year here In Denver, and connecting with other creatives through social media (Instagram).
What about you or your work would you like people to understand better?
That the photos I take really mean so much to me. I get so stoked when I snap a good photo! If you know me you know I make weird sounds and act crazy when I get a good one. I just get so excited on beautiful scenery/lighting. I’m weird. And also I’d like to let everyone know how much I appreciate each like, comment, website visit, kind word.
How have you pushed yourself in your craft?
I’m really not an outgoing person which can be interesting in this field. When I started getting serious about this I really had to push myself to meet new people and go shoot with as many new people as possible to help get myself out there better. Ive come a long since I started!
What would you say is vital to your work and achieving what you’re trying to do?
I really really really really really love lower light situations. I don’t completely rule out shooting in broad daylight. But I really love shooting in foggy/overcast weather / when the sun is just about to go to sleep. Lighting is a pretty vital part of what I try to create.
What is your perspective of your own work?
I feel I’ve grown so much since I first started. It takes a while to find your niche and what you’re really trying to do. I’d like to think my work has grown and gotten better over the last year. I want people to feel a certain way when they see one of my photos. I’d like to think they have an authentic feel to them. I hope people feel the same way. Haha
What have your experiences in the photography communities been like?
I’ve only been taking photos seriously since November. In that short amount of time I’ve had nothing but awesome experiences with the photo community here in Denver. I haven’t met too many of the big names here but the few I have met are good friends and such good people. It’s amazing to be able to talk for hours over a beer about photography and what we’re each trying to achieve. I do plan to travel to a few different states this year so I’m hoping to meet more great people along the way.
Anything you’ve learned from fellow photographers?
Lightroom secrets. and It’s not about what camera you have, it’s all how you look at things. Aaand last but not least stay motivated!
What is your all time favourite quote?
Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” — jack kerouac
Is there anything, anything at all, that we didn’t address that you’d most like to share?
Just a few things. Be kind to eachother. This life is too short to be mean everyday. Hold someone’s hand. Look at the stars. Kiss the girl you love.frequently. See beautiful scenery. Frequently. Drink coffee early in the morning in the woods. Catch a trout on a fly rod. Help people as much as possible. Work as hard as possible. Never stop dreaming and never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough. Never settle.