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Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Taylor Cotilla. I live in Doylestown, Pa with my husband, my daughter and our cat, Shadow.
My daughter is the light of my life. She has a little freckly face, dark twinkly eyes and long, thick lashes. Getting Josey into a dress is like trying to put a stray cat in a bubble bath. She calls herself a tomboy, her favorite color is dirt and she loves to leave the boys in her dust... maybe just for now. ;)
She is turning ten this year which also marks the year that I put my heart into photography. I began to capture everything that time would allow. It is hard to believe that the tiny toes that once wiggled their way out of every pair of socks are now filling black and white, size 3 Chuck Taylor high-top sneakers. I can still see her twirling in front of the mirror in over-sized ruby slippers and a tutu, thanking her reflection for the all the sweet compliments. " Why thank you! My hair does look shiny today."
I think that many photographers are inherently sentimental. We spend half of our lives anticipating the next moment and the other half carefully preserving the past. It is a balance of nostalgia and optimism. I was very optimistic when I insisted on keeping every pair of shoes that Josey has ever worn. Maybe I thought she'd fit into them again, maybe it's the sentimentalist in me. Wink. Whatever it is, I can now liken my experience as a photographer to this growing collection. With every step, I've been trailing behind with my camera capturing her movement, her growth, her stumbles, her belly laughs, and tears, the first time she put her feet in the sand, or jumped off the diving board, silly dances and lightning fast dashes around our yard. As the years go by, there will be more shoes and more stories and I will be there, right beside with my camera, as long as she lets me. Sigh...
I learned some things in Film Production 101 and 102 but the real teacher for me is life. I am grateful everyday for the opportunity to meet new people and to tell their stories. It is nothing short of an honor when someone trusts you to take a look into their life, to meet their loved ones and to capture the personal and poignant moments happening around them. It really means the world to me.
August 2016 marks three years in business. Woohoo! I am really looking forward to the 2017 season!
We were invited to join our neighbor in visiting a Costume Barn today. She said it was crammed to the rafters with costumes but I don't think either of us really imagined this. I decided to keep Josey home from school and bring her along. I am glad I did. She brought her camera to shoot while we were there.
The 1700's barn was filled with 10,000 costumes. Isles and isles of fabrics, tutus, sequins, color, ten decades of costuming in one room.
There was no way, in my mind, to shoot something like this. You simply cannot capture the magnitude of this barn and this collection in one photograph. It is just something you have to see. Over and over again, if you're lucky.
Tony Townsend, the owner of the 100 year old business said he has had a hand on almost every piece. Tony has been designing and making costumes since 1962.
Meeting people that are so dedicated to their craft is one of he greatest things in life. It is really something to see and admire.
Thanks to Jenny for inviting us and to Tony for opening up part of his world for us to see.💙
Read more about the costume barn and Tony Townsend in this article published in the Bucks County Courier in July of 2011.