All! - Taylor Ollason

A lot of my followers happen to be close friends or people that I know from high school. Meaning, a lot of you already know a decent amount about me. But for the people that are new to my website (hey hi!) and are looking for a wedding photographer, you (maybe) want to know a little bit about who I am! I know my bio does that a little bit, but that’s just a synopsis.

I grew up in the now semi famous Lancaster County and went to Hempfield High school, which is where my story starts off. I’m not really sure when I had that AH-HA moment that photography would become my entire life, but I DO remember the moment when I realized I had a small talent for it (I was photographing some sweet icicles outside..…during an ice storm). Anyway, 10th grade Taylor thought it would be great to sign up for some ridiculously hard math class just for the credits. It was about the 3rd day and I thought to myself “uh woah…nope” so I went and switched my classes but the only open one left was an art class. The OG, Black and White photog. I guess the rest you can figure out because now here I am, years later, and I’ve made it into my whole career. WHICH IS AWESOME! From Hempfield High, I went on to study at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Can I just take a second to say how grateful I am for that school? Had I not gone there, I wouldn’t have landed the greatest internship in the history of internships. Okay…lemme back up a second. Waaaay back in 2012, I was still trying to figure out what the heck I was going to do with this talent that I had. After talking with the career adviser about jobs and freelance work, she told me about a seasonal job as a fan photographer with none other than the Pittsburgh Steelers. Being that my family raised me to love this team (whether I wanted to or not), I applied faster then my fingers could type. I got the call to become a fan photog, which basically meant I took photos of fans all game long and I attended every home game. Best job ever? Yup. UNTIL JUNE OF 2016. I had heard about this internship position opening up and I applied, again faster than I knew I could type. Let’s just say a few happy tears happened when I got the call saying I was offered the job. Since then, I have produced images I never thought I’d have the chance to capture (touchdown moments, rookies having their first fumble recovery, just to name a few). Of course, a HUGE shout out goes to my bossman, Karl. In the past 9 months I have learned so much about photography thanks to him. Now, here I am. A wedding/sports/portrait/creative photographer, living the actual DREAM. If I had told 10th grade Taylor that I would have gone down this road with photography, I probably wouldn’t believe a second of it. Photography is so much more than just a job to me. It’s become a way for me to express myself. A way for me to push myself out of my comfort zone and think just a little bit further outside the box. So with all of that being said, here are some photos that I think showcase my time with the Steelers so far. If you’re still reading, you rock.

Until next time (when I blog about all my favorite weddings), T.

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