The inspiring Taylor Brielle is this week’s lovely #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY! Originally an East coast native, Taylor moved to Los Angeles over three and a half years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Initially she had plans to pursue a professional dance career, however along the way she’s discovered that music photography was her true calling. It takes a lot of courage to break away from a path you’ve imagined for yourself, and Taylor exemplifies the strength and beauty that emerges when we simply decide to follow our heart’s desires. We love how she eloquently demonstrates what it takes to be a leader, as her willingness to take risks and her strong sense of self are what make her so amazing.

Growing up, Taylor always had a special bond with music. In her uneasy teen years, she began photographing rock bands at the Warped Tour. She says, “I was bullied in high school for being different. The way I dressed. The music I listened to. The way I wasn’t afraid to express myself on social media. Rock concerts were an escape for me during that period of time. Whenever I would go to a live show, I would feel accepted and comfortable in my own skin.” Taylor now currently tours as a photographer with a band called Sleeptalk and has had the amazing opportunity to photograph some of her all time favorite bands such as A Day To Remember, Mayday Parade and Circa Survive, just to name a few! What a dream.

We admire how Taylor unapologetically stands in her light and does whatever makes her happy. This determined girl is not afraid to live her truth and she encourages all women to live theirs, too. It is so cool to see how Taylor continues to break the mould, especially in the male-dominated music and music photography industries. Being a female in these fields can present a fair number of challenges, but Taylor persists and hopes to be an example for other aspiring female music photographers by defying the stereotypes. This brave girl reminds us why it is so important to listen to our inner voices and to not to be afraid of pursuing our passions because of social constrictions. Thank you Taylor for showing us that we can be whatever we want to be!

Written by Alessia Rotino

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

Artwork by Chloe Bruderer (@chloeheartsart)

We love your beautiful photographs! What has drawn you into photography and why do you choose to do it?

I got into photography in high school about 8 years ago. I was taking a photography course my junior year and I fell in love with it! This was around the time that I started going to a lot of rock concerts. I wanted to buy a camera to take with me to photograph the bands. The first concert I photographed was at the Warped Tour in 2010, I believe. 

What are three ingredients you feel are essential to being a leader?

The 3 C's: Confidence, Consistency, and Creativity.

When was the last time you used your voice? Why do you believe it’s important for women to use their voices today?

I try to use my voice everyday! My goal is to inspire. Whether it is in person when speaking to my friends or on social media. It is important for women to use their voices because we matter! We are powerful human beings and there's nothing like listening to a woman who is not afraid to speak what's on her mind. My best advice is don't be afraid to speak up. You never know whose life you can change.

Who is your biggest female inspiration and why?

My biggest female inspiration in the music photography industry right now is Ashley Osborn. (instagram @ashleyosborn if you want to see her work) In my opinion, she is the first female photographer to really do it big. She created stereotypical breakthroughs in this industry that women can't be music photographers for all male bands. She has shown this industry that regardless of your gender you can still be successful. I strive to do what she does and love everything she stands for! She's also just very creative, so I look at her work for inspo.

What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?

YGTGirl is a powerful movement uniting all women together to stand for something greater! It is a daily reminder from a woman to another woman that we are awesome.