hello

I'm Taylor Dane Grater. I love iced latte's, traveling, reading a sappy novel, breakfast food & watching the same tv series on Netflix several times in a row. I love big open windows, brisk winter afternoons & dancing at receptions. I love listening to people's stories, the how's and why's of their life. I value love & commitment. I'm a little quirky, a lot of fun & I will probably want to be your best friend by the time you leave your reception! I currently reside in the Magic City that is Birmingham, AL with the love of my life, Zak. 

Yes, I am available for travel! Let's go on an adventure and create memories we will never forget. 

 

the process

My purpose behind what I do lies solely in the fact that I love the God given gift of life & I believe in love wholeheartedly. I believe life is precious & there are moments that deserve to be captured & remembered forever. I believe in leaving a legacy to loved ones, showcasing the love that was built before them & the beautiful ground they have to build upon. 

With that heart, I approach every wedding with the intentions of capturing beautiful, timeless images that will evoke the exact emotions felt in those moments. I create an environment where people feel beautiful & comfortable being themselves. It is my biggest honor to hangout with people on their favorite day ever.  

 Say hello here & let's get this coffee date started! 

xoxo taylor

 

I shall live to enjoy the light of life. Job 33:28


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why do you shoot film and digital images?

I adore film. It inspires me. It pushes me to slow down & be more intentional with each image. There is a depth to film that is unmatched in my opinion and evokes emotion in a way I can't really put words to. However, digital is much more affordable and applicable in certain situations. Each are just a format in which to create timeless imagery. I'm thankful I can use the two cohesively to create images for my clients. 

What kind of gear do you use?

My favorite camera is the Contax 645 for film and the Nikon D810 for digital! 

do you travel?

ABSOLUTELY!!!! 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN SHOOTING WEDDINGS? 

I worked for another wedding photographer for 4 years and am going on my 3rd year of shooting them on my own! I've tasted over 100 wedding cakes if that gives you an idea. 

do you always have a second shooter with you at weddings?

Yes, all packages include a second shooter, which is almost always my awesome husband! 

what if it rains at my wedding?

No worries, it rained at our wedding too! It means good luck, right? :) We will get creative and make sure you have beautiful memories to look back on. 

will i be able to print my images?

Yes! One of my favorite things is seeing client's prints after their big day. You will have full print rights to your high resolution images. 

how will i RECEIVE my images?

For engagement/portrait sessions and weddings, you will receive an online gallery where you can download, share (with credit to Taylor Dane Photography, of course!) and print your images. For weddings, you will also receive a USB flash drive. 

 

contact

 
 
 
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Catherine Street

Taylor is incredible! I can't imagine using anyone else for my special day. She was the perfect balance of being an incredibly skilled photography and also being very approachable and friendly. At the end of our wedding my husband and I considered her to be a close friend! Also, her work with film is something that really sets her apart, and we now have film prints that will last us a lifetime! Can't say enough good things about Taylor and her work!


kaitlin mcmanaway

Taylor makes everyone feel perfectly at ease in front of the camera, even if you're someone like me that feels hopelessly awkward in the spotlight. She is incredibly detail oriented, and makes everything personal -- always making sure to show you and your spouse's true personality in your engagement/wedding photos. She is timely, creative, efficient, and all around, an incredible person to have capture your special moments. I recommend her to everyone I know!

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meredith thompson

We enjoyed working with Taylor for our engagement and wedding pictures. I had never had pictures taken before, yet Taylor was so encouraging and helpful throughout the process. She notices every detail and is creative, but what really made her stand out (besides her obvious talent) is how kind she is. Thanks for everything you did for us!