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.
People have asked me, "What did you look for in a photographer for your senior portraits?" My answer was simple: I wanted someone who took amazing pictures, who made me feel comfortable and who was an all around good person. I found that in Taylor. Anything I was up for, she was too. "Hey Taylor, can we take pictures in New Orleans?" "Yeah girl!!" "Hey Taylor, can you make me laugh because I really can't do it by myself?" "Well of course!!" Taylor is an amazing photographer but also an incredible person. She captures the moments you don't think are important, and they end up being your favorite pictures. Taylor is gifted, funny, talented and absolutely superb. She genuinely has a gift for what she does. She makes all of her clients feel special and happy. My experience with Taylor was something I will always cherish and I hope I can take pictures with her again!!
- Ally Galinksy, Vandebilt Catholic
Taylor made my senior session more than I could’ve dreamed of. She is so personal throughout the entire process and she makes sure everything is exactly as you want it. She helped me pick out outfits, location, and my favorite pictures to print out. Not to mention, her work is phenomenal. She is so fun to work with and makes you feel free to let lose and have fun in front of the camera. She puts 100% into each and every client making sure everything is perfect. I would definitely recommend working with Taylor and look forward to working with her again.
- Marlo Rodrigue, E.D. White Catholic
I loved that in both my winter and spring sessions Taylor really captured my personality. During the shoots there was lots of laughing, playing, and smiling. She helped me pose and told me exactly what to do so that I never felt awkward. I felt like my shoot really fit my style, and I had so much fun doing it. My favorite shots were the ones when Taylor cracked a joke and made me laugh, or she asked me to try something different that I never expected I would like. Overall I couldn't have been more pleased with my senior picture experience with Taylor.
- Ashley Clement, Vandebilt Catholic
From helping me with picking outfits for my session to helping me decide which pictures to order and their sizes, Taylor made the experience memorable! Trust her, and I promise you your senior picture experience will be perfect!
- MEGAN WAGUESPACK, E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC
I came across Taylor on Instagram and knew right away that she was the person I wanted. Her style is natural and chic. She gives 100% to make sure your experience is great. Girl knows what she wants and her passion for photography is definitely shown throughout the session!
I’ve had senior model teams in the past, but we had never done more than one model session in the school year. We always did a group model session towards the end of summer and then we would have each model’s individual senior session during the school year. I decided to change that for the class of 2019 model team!
Adeline had one of my favorite sessions of the class of 2019! She had such unique outfits that were also full of variety! She came ready and full of confidence! Her mom made the “Senior 2019” shirt she is wearing in the end of the post! I loved the little added personal touch, and the use of confetti to end the shoot with a bang!
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.
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.
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.
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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
Get in Touch
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.