Meet the Artist: Taylor Pettigrew
- Where’d it all start?
During my junior year of college, I needed an elective and chose photography, not knowing it would completely change the direction I thought I was headed. It was so fun and challenging, it kept me completely hooked. Upon graduation, I decided to move to my husband’s family ranch in the literal middle of nowhere, New Mexico. With career opportunities being slim to none, I decided I would pursue photography full-time. I spent a lot of hours on the road with my husband while he was going to rodeos and used that time to listen to youtube videos and read anything I could to try and “master” photography. Little did I know that 6 years later I would still be learning. It’s been the best ride!
- Favorite photo you’ve taken and why?
This is tough, but probably the photo I took of our 3-legged Catahoula pup sitting in the front seat of the ranch truck looking out at the cows. He looks like a total human perched up in the seat, and to us he was family. He’s since passed so this photo will always be a treasure.
- Where do you feel the most inspired?
The southwest for sure. If I had to pick one spot, it would probably be Arizona. Something about the desert landscape gives the entire state a vibe that I always dream about and can’t wait to get back to.
- What advice do you wish you could give your younger self?
To just go for it, whatever that is! To never stop me due to fear or insecurities. I’m finally learning that as 30 is approaching.
- Favorite photographer or artistic inspiration?
Daniel Kim. The way he captures moments is mesmerizing. He can tell a story in a way that you can actually feel and does it so authentically. I strive for that in my own work.
- Favorite book, TV show, or movie from the past year?
Can’t think of a favorite but Grace and Frankie, Schitt’s Creek, Outer Banks, and Workin’ Moms have been my go-to’s lately.
Homemade pizza on the grill with a fancy white sauce and crunchy bacon, red wine in hand as I’m sitting outside of our A-frame cabin with my husband and pups watching a New Mexico sunset.