I love Profoto's relatively new series, Rising Light! Harley Anderson does a terrific job introducing us to students around the globe who are redefining creativity.
Meet Taylor Gill who was featured just a few months ago in the blog post below. She's a recent graduate of Appalachian State University and her images are clean, well thought out and obviously beautifully lit.
While I know most of you aren't specializing in food photography, virtually all of you could use a little help. From weddings to a day-in-the-life shoot of children, somewhere still-life is going to become an issue, especially with food. Taylor's providing some terrific images and lighting diagrams to help you think through your next cake shot at a wedding.
There's so much outstanding content in Profoto's blog and archives. Plus, it's now sorted by category, so a quick scroll through the drop down box and you'll find one post after another to help you raise the bar on your technique and in turn, your images.
Best of all, Profoto's blog is a non-stop confirmation of their commitment to education. They don't just make great lighting gear - they're helping to make great photographers!
Rising Light is an article series highlighting promising photography students from all over the world. This time we meet Taylor Gill at Appalachian State University, who combined her two passions – food and still-life photography.
Taylor Gill is a recent graduate of the Photography Department at Appalachian State University, located in Boone, North Carolina. Judging by her work you’d never suspect the ink on her college degree isn’t even dry yet.
Long before photography entered her life, Taylor had a passion for food and all of the good things related to the experience of preparing, serving, and sharing food with friends and loved ones. It was only a matter of time before she would find a way of blending her love for food and cooking with her newly found love for taking pictures. And her passion for both food and photography shows in her work.
Considering the fact Taylor had limited experience with cameras – and next to zero experience with lighting gear, her feel for composition and light is pretty remarkable.
She has a well-trained eye for composing and cropping in on the key elements of her photographs. She senses how to best fill the frame and exactly where select elements should bleed off the edge of the page. There’s little in the way of wasted space in her photographs – everything seems to be in order.
Unlike many food bloggers, who rarely do more than shoot overhead pictures with their phones, Taylor Gill plans her shots carefully, does all of her own styling, and makes sure every element in the picture serves a purpose while playing well against the other elements in the frame. She believes every image must tell a story in order to be credible to the viewer.
Her more recent work was shot using B1 heads and Profoto OCF Softbox 2×3’ and Profoto Softbox RFi 3×4’, as well as the Profoto Softlight Reflector, also known as beauty dish. Even still, she does her best to maintain the look of natural light – and she does it well.
Fresh from graduating, Taylor plans on moving to Charlotte NC in order to start getting her feet wet in the business of photography by assisting some of the pro shooters in town while continuing to experiment and expand the limits of what she can do behind the lens.
Looking further down the line Taylor Gill hopes to someday shoot for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Kin Folk Magazine, Food & Wine, and similar high profile magazines.
Something she would particularly like to do at some point is work on a collaborative project with other artists such as ceramists, stylists, and other practitioners of the creative arts. It’s safe to say if Taylor takes the promo photographs for the event it will be a sellout.
Photographer: Taylor Gill
School: Appalachian State University
Profoto gear of choice: Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash
Visit her website: www.taylorgillphoto.com