Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Poole.
Ryan, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland and graduated from Morgan State University with a Communications degree and after a few years of working at Verizon, I switched paths and began working as an intern with the Department of the Army. This allowed me to put my college degree to good use as a Public Affairs Specialist responsible for writing, photography and video editing. Eventually, my wife suggested I start a side business doing video work because she could see how passionate I was about my craft. This is when I started Taylor Media Solutions, which I named after my daughter. I would work my full-time job with the Army Monday through Friday and on the weekends, I would record and edit sporting events, weddings, birthdays, etc. I left the Department of the Army for an opportunity to work with the Department of Commerce as a Multimedia Specialist. Here is where I really developed a love for photography. I’m responsible for a variety of multimedia projects but I gained fulfillment from seeing people react so positively to my photos. I wanted to develop my skills further so I decided to go back to school and earned my Master’s Degree in Digital Media from American University in 2020.
Fast-forwarding to the present, I now only do photography. Videography is great but video editing takes much more time than photo editing. I truly enjoy making my client’s day through the art of photography.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
When I first started my business, I felt my skills were great. I learned through trial and error that there were things I needed to work on. I recall years ago, after one of my first photo jobs, that I could not use or edit some of the photos because I did not have the correct settings on my camera.
My family helped to push me. They’re my biggest supporters and critics. Through opening my mind to new ideas and collaborating with others in the field, I am now at a place where I can be very proud of the work I produce. I’m fortunate to have a full-time job to fall back on but I would like to someday be able to focus on my photography business full time.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I specialize in event photography such as birthdays, graduation parties, sporting events, and so forth. I’m known for not setting a limitation with the amount of photos I provide to my clients. For example, if I attend a two-hour event then my clients will receive everything that I shot during that two-hour timeframe.
I’m most proud of the work I’ve done to capture milestones such as high school graduations, prom send-offs, and most recently capturing a one year old reaction as she bit into her first birthday cake! This summer alone, I did photography for three graduation celebrations and three prom send-offs. This was especially important because many of these teenagers did not have an opportunity to fully enjoy their senior year due to the COVID pandemic. I was happy to make them all feel special, including my daughter who graduated this year from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD…
I believe what sets me apart from others is my level of customer service and professionalism. When covering any event, you want to be there early so you can put the person’s mind at ease. If a job starts at 1pm, I’m showing up with my camera at 12pm already prepared and ready to shoot. Also, what sets me apart is what I offer to my clients. I provide photography service at a competitive rate for top rate, professional work.
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
I believe it’s my overall patience and understanding. For example, you need patience when building clientele realizing initially you may not get booked every weekend, understanding what the client wants captured, you also have to take the time to learn and understand the business. I enjoy what I do but I always remember that this is a business. No matter if it’s a job for a family member or someone who I just met, I provide the same quality of professionalism and service. I’m also willing to work with my clients. This is what has helped me build my business.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.taylor-multimedia.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taylor_photosdmv/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn9G1Ppm9wqKcQUULs4dD8w
Photos by Ryan Poole