Ian Taylor is a candid natural-light Toronto kids photographer. Originally from Picton, Ontario, Ian has split his time between Toronto and Asia for the past 20 years. In addition to his private commissions for families and schools around the world, Ian also works with NGOs in developing countries. (i.e. Cambodia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, India, Indonesia and the Philippines).
What inspired you to become a photographer?
While working as the business manager of The Cambodia Daily newspaper in 1994, I was hanging out with a bunch of hardened news photographers. I started shooting around Southeast Asia and soon realized that kids were a natural fit for my emerging style. (Having five siblings and lots of nieces and nephews gave me lots of practice too.)
How would you characterize your style?
Straightforward documentary-style natural-light kids photography. No studio, no props, no gimmicks. Just images of kids being themselves.
Who are your clients and what should they expect?
Abroad my clients are mainly expat families looking to capture images of their family and the city where they are based. In Canada I have a large group of regular clients who I photograph every year. Sessions are fun, but no two jobs are remotely similar, so I can’t tell you exactly what to expect!
Anything else to share?
I am migratory, so I am not available in Canada year round. Email me to get on my mailing list and join my new Facebook page for updates and special offers regarding my Toronto stints. I work in a bunch of cities including New York City, Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore. I don’t sell prints, I just hand over files from the shoot.