Monthly Archives: May 2012

Extreme makeover: blog edition.

Lately I’ve been feeling a very strong urge to move away from what this blog seems to be all about. I think of all the professional photographers that I admire (ok, stalk) and it seems a shame to think that just because I slap the word “photography” next to my name and make a website that I’m somehow worthy to be in the same game as them. All I really am is a girl with a deep admiration for a good angle and great lighting who has been blessed enough to afford a wonderful camera. I don’t claim to be anything more.

So I guess it seems my heart is changing.

I LOVE photographing people, don’t get me wrong. But maintaining a site called Shelby Taylor Photography when the photography part is really little more than an exaggerated hobby seems wrong. It feels like a lie. Especially when the number of Things I Love Thursday posts outnumber the actual picture session posts.

That is why I’m working on what I’m looking at as an extreme makeover. A site that will be more about the goings on of my life where I can have the freedom to write more and write whatever I want. There will most definitely still be TILTs, and definitely still be pictures. There will also be more. More about my life and what happens in it (to keep family members and friends in the loop). I’m not doing this because there’s some huge demand for it, but simply because I want to and have the means to.

STP is not going anywhere, but it’s simply being absorbed by what it has always been apart of: my life. I’ll still accept offers for pictures like I always have, and still pour myself into every bit of it when hired. I just don’t want there to be any hint of pretentiousness in it, and that’s what I saw every time I looked at the words “Shelby Taylor Photography.”

I am a girl who enjoys taking pictures of people. I am not a “photographer.” Photographer, to me, means professional. I know what to do with my camera and how to manipulate it to get the results I want, but I am by no means a professional.

So I say all this just to give you guys a heads up. I’m very excited about what’s coming, but bare with me as it might take a while before it’s all good to go.

Thank you for your support thus far, and for your continued support through the rest!

>>>Oh and hey, while all this new stuff is going on, don’t think you can’t hit me up for some pictures. I have almost nothing to do this summer and I mean, just because I can see the bottom of my money pit, doesn’t mean I want to! College fund, hello.



Things I Love Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone!



ONE. My sister told me about Followgram and I thought it was a really great idea. People mostly use their phones for things like Twitter and Instagram, but it helps to have a site to go to if you want to check your feeds and either don’t have your phone handy or don’t feel like opening an app. Followgram is just that. You can’t upload pictures and put the Instagram filters on them, but it’s just a place for you to check in with your Instagram feed and see what’s going on. Super cool!


TWO. I can’t remember how I found Wanelo. Wanelo is sort of like Pinterest, but mostly focuses on clothing and accessories. You choose which stores you’d like to follow, and then browse the things they have posted. The cool thing about Wanelo is that it tells you the price of everything and where you can find it. Another neat thing about it is the ease of finding really great stores that you’ve never heard of before. It’s a great way to expand your shopping horizons and check out all that’s really out there. If Pinterest hasn’t already drained every spare second of free time you have, this site definitely will!

Stay Creative,




Things I Love Thursday – Happy Summer!

Hey everyone!

Well, finals are over, Summer is finally here, and now it’s time to relax and forget about school for the next three months. This semester was probably the most fun I’ve had since I started on this little college journey. I made and maintained a lot of new friendships with relatively no drama, and had a blast exercising my responsibility muscles as an officer in our chorale. I was talking to my best friend the other day (she’s a business major with a journalism minor at “the real A&M”) just about our college experiences and how we don’t regret for a second our choices to go to school where we did. Our conversation just got me thinking about how much I’ve learned. Not just in classes, but about myself (especially living on my own and having to survive on a college kid budget) and how to deal with meeting new people. It’s been a blast, and kind of weird to think about these next two semesters being my last. Time flies.

Now, on to the real stuff!

ONE. I love Downy Wrinkle Releaser. This stuff saves my life on a regular basis. It’s like an iron in a bottle! I own an iron, but 99.9% of the time, when I need to use it I have no time to, so little time, in fact, that this stuff has now become something that I use almost every day. You spray it on the wrinkled mess of a shirt you’ve grabbed to wear, and in about thirty seconds you’ve got a perfectly acceptable, not wrinkly, garment to don for your day. The bottle’s directions say to spray it on the shirt then gently pull and smooth areas on the shirt until the stuff dries and the wrinkles are gone, but who has time for that?! I just spray it on the shirt (or pants. It works great for pretty much any fabric) and thwack it around in the air for a few seconds until I’m satisfied with how the shirt looks. Thwack meaning shake it around like you would when you put sheets on a bed, only a little more violently. You know, or grab two corners and wave it like you did with the parachute in 1st grade PE (boom. thwacking.). This should do the stretching and drying that the instructions tell you to do, only in about half the time. I love this stuff.

TWO. Sons and Daughters, also known as All Sons and Daughters, are my new favorite. The music they make is exactly my taste, and exactly the kind of music I hope and try to write and sing. They’re a worship group with incredibly powerful lyrics for the church. Give them a listen, and support them. Their music is the kind that will stop you in your tracks and catch you by your heart with that awesome kind of conviction that we, as believers, should crave; or grab you with a message so clear that it’s exactly what you didn’t know you’re heart was feeling. The latter is what happened to me when I heard Reason to Sing the first time.

Stay Creative,


April Instagrams

Amidst the madness of finals I managed to put this little thing together for you all! Enjoy!!



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