Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Greeley.
Taylor, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After spending 4 years at a vocational high school (Whittier Tech in Haverhill, MA), taking their Fashion/ Interior Design program, I knew I wanted to pursue a creative career. In my high school shop, I learned about textiles, how to sew, create patterns, and construct a portfolio. We had a visitor come in who was a home stager. She explained her job and I thought “I want to do that!”. After graduation, I enrolled in Northern Essex Community College home staging and design course. I loved the hands-on, freedom to create, and take pictures of my work.
Around this time, my aunt and grandmother, who are both very fashionable (they owned a women’s boutique in the 80’s-90’s), and I started a pop-up shop and blog called “The Greeley Girls”. We up-cycled clothing, sold funky jewelry, and styled customers and our “boutique”. It was so much fun, but I wanted more styling and less sales. I eventually moved to Boston, connected with photographer Diana Sechrist as her studio stylist. She really believed in me and my styling, always encouraging me to perfect my art. We created images together and I was totally in my element. I found what fed my soul.. being on photo shoots.
I began taking pictures of all my work. I was staging homes, and taking pictures. I was creating sets for newborn photo shoots and styling with clothes I thrifted. When I finally built up an archive of things I styled, I started putting myself out there to network. Test shoots have always allowed me to share my style with the world. I’ve been doing that since the beginning. You never really stop. After having all sorts of shoots I’d produced, styled, sometimes directed, I went to an agency and they signed me. I was with them for a bit before signing with Ennis, who I am with now, and SO happy!
I currently work with commercial clients to style campaigns, magazine editorials, and even fashion shows. I’ve gotten to do a lot of cool stuff for clients like Converse, Boston Magazine, Dunkin Donuts and Neiman Marcus. Every day, although it’s not as easy as it seems, I am thankful to do what I love! I hope my work inspires, evokes emotion, and is thought of as beautiful.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been such a journey! One thing leads to another. You develop skills through all sorts of jobs, and trials and error. I’d done everything from visual merchandising to real estate staging before labeling myself a “stylist”. There were years where I wasn’t sure how to execute my talents, and didn’t know what I would become! Or if I would be successful. It’s a scary thing being a freelancer and an artist. But that’s why we take the struggles, good and bad, and roll with the punches.. because we love it!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a freelance stylist represented by the agency Ennis Inc. They work to promote me and my talents to commercial clients. I work mostly in print advertising campaigns. You can usually find me on the set of a photo shoot, on the location of a photo shoot, or out shopping and prepping for my next project. As a solo artist, I pride myself in my attention to detail, ability to read a client and execute what they want/need, and thinking outside the box.
What were you like growing up?
I have always excelled in creative areas like writing, crafts, reading. When I was 10 I was selected to do a summer program at Philips Academy. It was a creative writing workshop. We got disposable cameras, listened to slam poetry, and toured Lawrence exploring. I’ll never forget it. When it came to math, though, I always struggled.. and still do. I went to Catholic School for middle school, which was interesting.
I remember this one project we had to do. It was to take a disposable camera and go around taking pictures of things we valued. I staged all these scenes, styled the pictures and I ended up winning this award for youth leadership. It was cool to me and stands out, because I was never the person in class with the best grades, and never really won anything. Makes me believe that I had a knack for this early on.
- Website: http://www.ennisinc.com/wardrobe-props/taylor-greeley-boston-ny
- Phone: 617-653-8085
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tayglo/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taylorgreeleystylist/?ref=bookmarks
Image Credit: Hannah Cohen of Hannah Cohen Photography