I am very excited to launch my “one on one” series . . .
and – I am thrilled to start it off with my dear friend Kim Taylor . . . from Kimberly Taylor Images!
( photo by Tiffany Kirchner-Dixon )
Kim Taylor is a woman of many passions and someone who I truly admire – both personally and professionally . . .
I originally met Kim through the blog and vintage world several years ago and she has become not only a friend, but someone who continues to inspire me over and over again. I admire her eye behind the camera lens . . . her love of food in the kitchen . . . and her passion to help those in need. She lives a “farm to table” life – by starting her mornings collecting eggs from her chickens, and if weather permits – greens from her garden. She often ends her day – with a table full of great food and lots of laughter, with both family and friends. I love that she lives by her own set of “truths” . . . she follows her passions – while keeping her focus on what truly matters most . . . her family!
Here is a bit more about Kim – in her own words . . .
Behind the lens . . .
How did you find your passion in photography?
My grandfather was a wonderful lifestyle photographer and had photos from before my dad was born. I still have many of his old black and whites that he developed and I cherish them. Because of him I have carried a camera around most of my life. I am the one that is now sharing photos from elementary and high school on facebook! (much to many friends’ horror…) 🙂
Film or Digital? . . . and why?
I obviously began in film as that was the 70s. I switched to digital in the 90s for its convenience and really let film go for many years. Just last month I bought an old Nikon FE2 and a couple of rolls of film, just to play around. From that first shutter sound when I took that first image I was completely and utterly smitten. I love how she feels in my hands and the beautiful images that I get back. I also love that I have to be so incredibly focused when shooting with her which really makes me feel in the moment with each shot.
In the kitchen . . .
Who influenced you the most in the kitchen?
I don’t know that anyone influenced me in the kitchen as I really discovered my love for cooking when I first moved out on my own. I lived in a suite in the home of my great auntie Tiggy. I can say that she is the one who influenced my appreciation for things like slowing down for a cup of tea, or taking time to enjoy lunch out on the deck in the sunshine. She used to make old english things that were so foreign to me and I think it encouraged me to experiment in the kitchen. I will say that much of my current way of thinking about shopping for food, finding joy in the preparing of it and of being creative when it comes to using leftovers comes directly from my friend Ange who lives in the south of France and is a genius when it comes to food!
Favorite raw food? carrots in hummus, sushi, fruits from the garden- okay, anything from the garden
In the shop . . .
Tell us about how the pottery got started?
So about three years ago I decided that I wanted to renovate the studio space attached to our barn. Up until then it had been used as a place to toss any and all junk we had. The roof leaked something awful and every rainy season (think 9 months a year here in Seattle…) I would carefully position about 12 big rubber bins to catch all of the water leaking through the roof. My husband thought it was silly to put a new roof, better yet any time or energy into an old space but relented in the roof and left me to do all of the work inside. After a few months of removing old drywall, insulation and garbage, painting and organizing I had myself a photography studio- yay me! The light was perfect, everything was white and all of my props were nicely organized. Jump forward about a year and I am in France with the above mentioned Ange, enjoying a glass of wine on a gorgeous afternoon. Handsome husband send me a photo- of his big pickup truck with a big box that says “kiln” on the outside, another box with the words “potters wheel” and 500 lbs of clay. My first thought is “where on earth is he going to put that?” quickly followed by “oh lord- my photography studio!”. He assures me that he is only going to take up “a small corner” of the studio. Famous last words…
Said studio has now become a pottery studio, all photography is now done in the kitchen and my incredibly potter of a husband was born.
How do you decide on what products to carry in your shop – Tiggy & Grace?
For me the products have to be things that I love and would use. I love a beautiful esthetic but also insist on functionality. Basically what I list are things I already own and love.
Helping others . . .
Tell us a bit about your mom and what she is doing in Uganda.
My mom has been working for the last three years building an amazing children’s home with the help of Edwin- who lives in Uganda. They have taken an empty piece of land and created an incredible home where, come July, the first set of children will move in. Can you imagine? Their first proper home, with reliable meals and toys and clothes. I am so excited to be able to be there with my mom, who I am incredibly proud of, to capture those first days with the children getting settled. I am quite certain it will be life changing.
How can we help?
There are so many things that would be wonderful. The most important thing is finding ongoing funding for the day to day care of the children. Right now it would be wonderful to find a church or two that wanted to help with that. We will also want to find sponsors for things- so basic financial aid. I will also be hosting an online auction on my business facebook page in April to raise funds to purchase as much as we can to bring with us. We hope to bring as many medications like topical antibiotics, children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen as well as gauze, band aids, and such. I would love for as many people as possible to take part in that, either by donating an item or bidding on things.
Random . . .
Favorite family activity?
dinner time- hands down.
We laugh a lot, share our day and connect as a family. It is the time of day I most miss #1, who moved out in September.
What is your favorite color? How does it make you feel?
I have never been able to narrow down a favorite. I love green- it reminds me of summer days outdoors. I also love white- especially in the gardens.
Thank you Kim for letting us all get to know about you a bit more!
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Yes . . . I am very inspired by Kim Taylor – and feel so lucky to call her my friend!
Hope you are all inspired by her as much as I am!!
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Until next time . . .
Happy Weekend everyone!!
Peace and love – liz
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( All photos are by Kimberly Taylor unless otherwise noted )