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Conversations with the Inspiring Taryn Shultz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Taryn Shultz.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Taryn. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started taking photos when my first son was born. I wanted to document his special moments and milestones. I grew up taking music lessons and always felt a love for the arts. Photography instantly filled my creative void. I practiced constantly, took online courses, and read as much as could. Soon, I was taking photos of people that weren’t family members, and eventually was taking on paying clients.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It hasn’t been a smooth road. The business aspect of it has been hard. Am I booking enough? Do people like my work? Was my picture shared on social media? As someone who has anxiety, there are often moments of self-doubt. My advice is don’t worry about what anyone else is doing, what they’re charging, how many likes they’re getting. Worry about you. Are you creating photos that feel authentic to you? Do YOU like your work? Is your work giving you fulfillment? Are you proud of what you are producing? Are you better than you were yesterday and moving forward?

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Taryn Shultz Photos story. Tell us more about the business.
I specialize in lifestyle photography. I strive to have sessions that are unposed and as natural as possible. I am most proud of capturing real moments and authentic connections between people. I believe I create work that is genuine and will be passed on for generations. My hope for my clients is the same hope I had for my children when I started, that one day they will feel lucky to have these images.

Which women have inspired you in your life? Why?
There are tons of admirable women out there right now and I could write about them for pages and pages, so I’ll keep it brief and choose someone close to me.

My mother. A teacher for 25 years, her patience is something I envy. She is generous and thoughtful. She is someone you can count on no matter what. She is my best friend and she inspires me every day to be the kind of mother to my children that she was and is to me.

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