Tayler Enerle | Photographer

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PHOTOGRAPHY | ARTIST INTERVIEW ///

Cen­tral Coast Pho­tog­ra­pher, Tayler Enerle is a breathe of fresh air. Her pos­i­tiv­ity and love for beauty makes every­one feel imme­di­ately at ease in front of her cam­era. Her abil­ity to cap­ture emo­tion in a sin­gle shot is noth­ing short of amaz­ing. The Wed­ding Stan­dard is proud to intro­duce to you to Tayler Enerle, Pho­tog­ra­pher Extraordinaire.

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How did you get started doing what you do?

At the begin­ning of high school, I had my heart set on the Art Insti­tute in Pasadena to study fine art. I love art and every­thing it offers but I soon came to real­ize that I wanted this won­der­ful cre­ative out­let and hobby of mine to stay just that… a hobby. I got my first SLR cam­era in high school, a Kon­ica Minolta. Despite it’s slightly awk­ward shape and large size (and the fact that it didn’t fit in my purse), that cam­era was always with me (and even­tu­ally I just bought a big­ger purse). I began to notice that I LOVED tak­ing pho­tos of peo­ple. I loved cap­tur­ing can­dids and wait­ing for that one spe­cific moment that could catch a glimpse of my friend’s per­son­al­ity. I shot my first wed­ding when I was 16, and I have had my heart set on wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy ever since. Pho­tog­ra­phy seam­lessly blended two of my favorite things: art and peo­ple. I grad­u­ated from Brooks insti­tute of Pho­tog­ra­phy in 2011, so my dream of get­ting my bach­e­lors in art came true after all. 🙂

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Who or what con­tin­ues to inspires you?

I love the small intri­ca­cies that make us all dif­fer­ent from one another. I am fas­ci­nated with how unique every sin­gle rela­tion­ship is and how beau­ti­ful it is to see two peo­ple so dif­fer­ent, love each other so dearly. On the Cen­tral Coast of Cal­i­for­nia, it is hard not to be inspired by the beau­ti­ful scenery all around us every­day as well. Other pho­tog­ra­phers and artists have always been a source of inspi­ra­tion. I have many pho­tog­ra­pher friends in this area that are noth­ing but inspir­ing with how they con­duct their busi­ness and the beau­ti­ful pho­tos they take. I feel really blessed to be in an indus­try where other pho­tog­ra­phers and ven­dors are not seen as cut-thoat com­peti­tors but friends and allies.

What makes your busi­ness unique?

Who I am. A lot of pho­tog­ra­phers have sim­i­lar styles, but I believe it is the per­son them­selves that makes a spe­cific busi­ness unique.

How would you describe your ideal couple?

A cou­ple who ADORES each other and those around them! Also, a cou­ple that likes my style of pho­tog­ra­phy and who I am as a per­son. Those two things are extremely cru­cial when choos­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher. You spend a lot of time with your pho­tog­ra­pher, it’s super help­ful if you like and feel com­fort­able with them.

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What’s your busi­ness philosophy?

Pretty sim­ple, treat my clients how I would LOVE to be treated.

Luke 6:31 “…As you wish that oth­ers would do to you, do so to them.”

Favorite part of a wedding?

That is a hard one! Some of my favorite pho­tos to take are the grooms face as his bride is walk­ing down the isle and that moment after the kiss when the offi­ciant announces the new Mr. and Mrs… the pure joy in that moment is unlike any­thing else.

I also love the time I get with the bride and groom when it is their time for por­traits. When the whirl­wind of fam­ily and bridal party por­traits are done and they finally get a few moments alone (well kind of… I’m there with a cam­era haha) for the first time as hus­band and wife. The quiet and peace­ful joy between them in that moment is noth­ing short of heart melting.

The father daugh­ter dance is pretty awe­some as well.

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Why do you do what you do?

The most impor­tant thing in life is the rela­tion­ships you cre­ate with oth­ers and the time you spend with them. I am blessed to have a career that allows me to carry what is most impor­tant in my per­sonal life, over to my business.

I love hav­ing the oppor­tu­nity to serve oth­ers and cre­ate images that they will cher­ish for many, many years. I LOVE my job!

What ques­tion do you always ask the Bride & Groom?

Among many ques­tions in our first con­ver­sa­tion get­ting to know each other, here are a few sta­ples that I ask once we start talk­ing about the cou­ple: How did you meet? What your favorite thing to do together is? When did you know you wanted to marry them? That last one is fun because some­times the other per­son has never heard the answer that one!

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How do you nor­mally begin your day?

Cat snug­gles, cof­fee (or tea), check­ing my e-mail.

What would you say is your great­est accomplishment?

Con­stantly con­tin­u­ing to love and grow with my fam­ily and friends. As a busi­ness owner I should prob­a­bly say that I always put my busi­ness first, but the truth of the mat­ter is that I don’t.

Now, before you start to worry:

I cher­ish each client of mine and I set strict time­lines for myself as to when to get my pho­tos deliv­ered to clients and I keep those. My clients are extremely impor­tant to me. Some­times it means I stay up late to get those last fin­ish­ing touches on each edited pho­tos and i’m always excited to show my clients.

How­ever, ulti­mately, my friends,  fam­ily and rela­tion­ships with oth­ers always come first. I truly believe that the best legacy you can leave this earth with is the rela­tion­ships and time you invested with oth­ers and I try to live my life with that in mind.

That being said, many of my clients have become my friends!

Besides that, I guess the most pre­dictable accom­plish­ment would be that I grad­u­ated from Brooks with a full-ride scholarship.

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What do you enjoy doing on your day off?

I love the out­doors and what bet­ter place to live and enjoy the out­doors than the Cen­tral Coast of Cal­i­for­nia! Days off include sleep­ing in, mak­ing a giant and deli­cious break­fast, cat snug­gles and usu­ally some­thing out­doorsy with friends. Whether it is rock-climbing, hik­ing or just sit­ting at Mon­tana De Oro col­lect­ing tiny shells, there is some­thing heal­ing and ener­giz­ing for me in being outdoors.

I love being with peo­ple so days off usu­ally include spend­ing time with friends or fam­ily, play­ing games, shar­ing some wine or just enjoy­ing each other’s company.

Tell us about your first job?

My first job was babysit­ting. I’ve been doing that since I was 12, I love kids and their lit­tle spir­its and cre­ativ­ity are inspiring.

My first offi­cial job was as a per­son who cleaned up shop a few days a week at an auto shop in Los Osos.

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OK, tell us your Nickname(s)?

Tay is the most com­mon nick­name that a lot of my friends call me. Tay-tay is what my lit­tle brother and good friend’s chil­dren call me. Tj is what my dad (and only dad) calls me, and my mom acci­den­tally calls me mom all the time.… haha.

My mid­dle school nick­name was wood­land fairy (I don’t even remem­ber how that started) and T-swift is the num­ber one nick­name ran­dom wed­ding guests come up with for me.

Tell us one thing few peo­ple know about you?

I’m kind of an open book so this ques­tion is really hard to answer but maybe that I was a HUGE girly-girl grow­ing up.

I once told my mom I wouldn’t sit in grass because there was a chance a spi­der could be there. I was also extremely afraid of heights.

haha Ohhh how things have changed!!!

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Wed­ding trend that your lov­ing right now?

Dif­fer­ent style dresses for the brides­maids, so every­one looks their best, pho­to­booths are fun too!!

Wed­ding trend that will hope­fully be out next year?

What does the fox say being played at every wedding?

Favorite quote?

…If I Per­ish, I Per­ish.” Esther 4:16. The whole story of Esther is pretty rad.

… Where you invest your love, You invest your life.” — Mum­ford & Sons.

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What do you miss most about being a kid?

Sheer unadul­ter­ated excite­ment about the lit­tle and big things in life.

I’ve been try­ing to har­ness a lit­tle of that again. Life can be so amaz­ing if we take the time to see it. I get so busy some­times that I for­get to look and enjoy the lit­tle things.

What’s in the top 5 of your bucket list?

This is a hard one, off the top of my head I guess it would be.…

  • Go on a missions/service trip to an orphanage
  • See the north­ern lights
  • Go on many more camping/climbing/road trips.
  • New Zealand– see the caves with the glow worms, visit the Shire.
  • Swim in the Hearst Cas­tle pool (I was mes­mer­ized with Hearst Cas­tle when I was a lit­tle girl)

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