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My story

 

I'm Taylor Gonsoulin. I'm a photographer from South Louisiana, currently rooted in Baton Rouge, who understands life is busy and because of that, we should stop and document the moments that are important to us or else lose them to time. Important is a loose term. Sometimes I think capturing my cat sitting on the windowsill is important, or a special event with my family, and other times, it's the eroding coast and all that resides on it in my beloved childhood stomping grounds. My happiest days are spent with a camera in hand exploring nature or a new city with my best friend. Not everyone can see the world like I do. Every photographer has their own unique lens through which they view life. I use mine to find the best in people, create timeless photographs that will be loved throughout time, and learn more about myself and my surroundings. 

 

 
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Work

 
 
 
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Recent Musings

 
 
 

fine art

Rising High

 With no yearly flood from the Mississippi River to deposit silt, a football field of land every hour is lost along the Louisiana coast to the Gulf of Mexico. More often than not the rising water is viewed from sea level, but what goes unnoticed is the beautiful yet haunting view from above, a view I am all too familiar with. With the help of my grandfather, I took to the skies by way of an airplane to capture the marsh landscape and the water encroaching on it.

 

Canals dug by oil companies are now surrounded by a vast body of water due to the salt water intrusion they allowed to occur unhindered, harming the vegetation that protected the land they were trying to access. Levees and flood gates are the modern remedies to the age old battle of erosion. Rising High is an investigation of the ways humans and nature interact to create the landscape of modern Southern Louisiana. 

 

AT The end of the road

     Much of the homeland I wandered as a child will soon be underwater. My native terrain will not disappear from maps by way of biblical flood or ruptured levees, but through the patient process of coastal erosion. Every day, the soil that has defined my family for generations gives way to the gulf that has defined us equally. A childhood living “down the bayou” has made me a firsthand witness to the threat that land erosion poses to both the culture and physical landscape of southern Louisiana. As years go by, the loss of culture has become just as evident as the loss of land in Cocodrie, a small fishing village in Terrebonne Parish.

 

Without the land, the culture cannot thrive. As a photographer, my reaction to the degradation of this place is to preserve its essence through a documentary lens. Through my work, I attempt to save what life is left along the dead-end highways of south Louisiana. I am searching for clues of the ways life continues to exist in a disappearing place. The history of this place, my ability to watch it age, and the sense of urgency to capture it before it’s gone all drew me to create this body of work. “At the End of the Road” serves as my own record of a place I hold dear.

 
 

About the Senior Model Team

I'm looking for confident, outgoing, and ambitious high school juniors that will be graduating in 2021 to represent Taylor Gonsoulin Photography. But this program isn't just about finding spokesmodels for my business, it's also about bringing an amazing group of seniors together to create a memorable experience for the final year of high school! One of my main goals for any senior is to create honest photographs that capture them genuinely and beautifully!! 

Before all the fun begins, seniors will need to submit a 2021 Senior Model application. I will be accepting a group of seniors to represent Taylor Gonsoulin Photography from the summer before their senior year until graduation. Applicants will be chosen while the application window is open so don’t wait to apply! Seniors are advised to be considerate and thorough in their answers on their application! This is one of the main ways I get to know a senior before choosing applicants! Applications are due by December 31st, 2019.

WHat do you get?

  • 3 hour portrait session with Taylor

    • includes 45 image proofs

    • unlimited outfit changes

  • Model shoot during summer prior to senior year

  • Invitation to styled shoots during 2020 - 2021 school year

  • Priority scheduling! You get on the calendar before anyone else to guarantee you get the best shoot date! Fall dates go the fastest so this is a chance to get them first!

  • Premier ordering session

  • archival quality custom products

  • Model Discount off total print + product order

 

What do you need to do to qualify?

  • Be a senior for the class of 2021

  • Live in Houma, Thibodaux, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, or surrounding areas.

  • Have a parent review this information! Their involvement throughout the year is important, so this is just the first step in an exciting experience!

  • Exclusively represent and be photographed by Taylor Gonsoulin Photography for the entirety of the 2019-2020 school year for senior portraits.

  • Follow TGP on social media

  • There is no additional required cost to be a senior model! Senior models are only required to pay the same price as regular paying senior clients, which is a session fee ($350) and print order minimum ($450)*

 

*Sales tax not included in session fee and print minimum

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Senior Representative Application
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Get in Touch

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So you've seen my work and made it here. Now you want to take the plunge and make some magic together. All you need to do is fill out the form below and we can get started! Think about what you hope to get out of your experience and then tell me ALL about it. It will help me much more in giving you what you need than receiving the old "what's your prices?" In the end, we both want the same thing, for you to get amazing pictures that capture your best self. 

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