Photographers Monica Sigmon and Michael Taylor

WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF A PORTRAIT

We believe that a fine-art portrait can change the way you feel about yourself

That portraits should hang in your home as art

Art that reminds you of what’s most important in life – what you do it all for

We are thrilled with the way in which Michael & Monica were able to capture the life and heart of our family.  Through their animation and patience they were able to engage our four young children, making the session a delight. The portraits were stunning, unlike any we’ve ever owned, and we will hang them on our walls for years to come!

TJ and Shannon Logsdon
happy clients

Monica and Michael have been our family photographers for over a decade.  They have captured images of three generations that I will cherish for the rest of my life.  From backyard shots of our immediate family (including a litter of puppies) to graduation pictures of my kids to an incredibly well orchestrated Christmas Eve session with 23 members of our extended clan, I will forever be grateful to them for the memories.  Because their work isn’t just about family portraits.  Those images will be treasured by our family for years to come and will help us to remember the best times of our lives.

Conner Family Portraits Photography
Anne Conner
happy client for more than 10 years
I’ve worked with Sigmon Taylor Photography for more than three years.  Each time I need new photography, Michael is my “go to” expert.  Not only is the quality of the finished product stunning, the photographs convey the emotion that’s so hard for most photographers to capture.  Michael develops an instant rapport with his subjects and creates a trust that makes everyone feel like their images are in the best possible hands.
Kate Leach
Director of Marketing at WindsorMeade
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Meet Bekah, Emersyn, and Charlotte. This beautiful family has an even more beautiful story: Bekah (center) became the legal guardian to her uncle's children, Aiden (not in this image but scroll through our feed to see him in an earlier family portrait) and Charlotte (right) after their father's death, and shortly before the birth of her own baby girl, Emersyn (center). This newly single mama not only provides an amazing family for these children, she also owns her own business, @enpointeva, where she teaches, Charlotte dances, and where wee Emersyn is sure to follow! It has been such a pleasure getting to know them all and this is definitely one of my faves from their session! ❤️⁠

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We found this awesome website and we hope you love it as much as we do! In addition to printable PDFs for several of the most well-known masterpiece paintings, they show the originals, too! Great for both children and adults alike!⁠⠀
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Click on the link in the bio to access. Bookmark this post for future reference!⁠⠀
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To tell a story is at the heart of every image that we create.. To tell a story about a visual artist is pure fun. With the freedom of photographing an artist comes the duty of being truthful to her soul and the responsibility of directing a light on her work so that it shines also.⁠⠀
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Once all the craziness is over – and yes, it will end at some point – Michael will be resuming his passion project of photographing interesting and creative people in our area. In the meanwhile, you can click on the link in our bio to nominate someone you think would make a great addition to the project!⁠⠀
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We saw this article last week and thought so many of you would LOVE it!!!⁠⠀
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Each weekday for the next few weeks, author and illustrator Mo Willems will invite kids into his studio at lunchtime to create some of his beloved characters. New episodes of Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems will be posted at 1 p.m. Eastern time and will remain online to be streamed at any time.⁠⠀
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In the first episode posted last Monday, Willems, who is the education artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center, showed kids how to draw one of his most famous characters—the pigeon.⁠⠀
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Link is in the bio - Enjoy! ⁠⠀
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The world feels upside down... I've always loved this portrait that Michael Taylor created...it's one of my favorites of his. This artist is a ceramic sculptor and he had this piece stored underneath a freeway overpass. When he sat on it he said, “I am actually sitting on the bottom of the globe.” From that moment on Michael has always displayed it this way.

But this portrait seems especially fitting today. We're all just trying to figure out which way is up in the middle of all this craziness.
But, I've been thinking. It's not just that I have this unexpected gift of time (yes, that's how I'm choosing to view this because if I don’t, the anxiety and fear will be my undoing), it's that the ENTIRE WORLD is being put in some kind of Divine Timeout together. Which then makes me feel like when trying to make sense of the situation we find ourselves in, I need to be thinking beyond just my 'to-do' lists.

So what does that mean? To be honest, I'm not sure. I just feel like I'm trying desperately to listen for what this is supposed to be teaching us. Trying to discern the purpose for such a drastic upheaval to life as we know it...all around the world.

I took a break from the news and social media this weekend and you know what? The world was quiet.
We took a walk in the neighborhood and saw more neighbors in that 30 minutes than we have in the last year-and-a-half. Gentle 'hellos' were exchanged as we passed each other, but it was a strange feeling. This isolation together is possibly one of the universe's greatest paradoxes.
I saw a meme on social media last week that said, " Kinda feeling like the Earth just sent us all to our rooms to think about that we've done." Yes.
I keep asking myself: What are we supposed to be doing, learning, changing? What have we done?

I don’t have the answers, but I do know it's much bigger than our to-do lists, our home improvement projects, our reading lists, our simple survival of the day-to-day New Normal.
Lord willing, we will never have this opportunity again. Let's be gentle with ourselves, each other, and try to make the very most of it that we can.

I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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It's Friday....YOU DID IT!!!!!⁠

Your first week is finished and you were amazing!! Time for a little reward. Download this app to find cocktails you can make with ingredients YOU ALREADY HAVE IN THE HOUSE!⁠

You're welcome.⁠

Save this post so you can refer back to it next Friday (or tomorrow 😂).⁠
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What a crazy time we're living through right now. It seems like information is changing by the hour and no-one knows which way is up. I don’t know much, but one thing I do know is that these are the times when we are reminded of what's truly most important...family.⁠

We count ourselves as blessed that our place of business is not open to the public. We are by appointment only, so we can control who comes in and out. And, we can control the sanitization of our space before and after each session. (Bonus - we have concrete floors!) So, as long as our clients feel comfortable, we are still able to work. We also have the option of doing sessions outdoors, or in people's homes so they don’t have to leave (check out the posts from the last few weeks at @sigmontaylor to see some examples).⁠

This beautiful family drove down from #alexandriava last week and we had the best time creating some amazing portraits for them. This is just one of my faves. I love that you get a sense of each person's personality. Everyone looks great individually, and even better as a group. And, let me tell you - each of the children were an absolute delight to be around. And how about a round of applause for Mama for pulling these outfits together!!⁠

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So...This pic is a reference to all the activities Rapunzel came up with to do while stuck in the tower...NOT how you're feeling about home-schooling right now. ⁠

Seriously, there are some great tips in here...everything from the obvious (puzzles, meditate, etc.) to some really creative ideas like camping inside and willing Tom Hanks to get better by watching every one of his movies in chronological order.⁠

My personal fav: #73...I'm looking at you @aaaponte⁠

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It's a strange time. There's a lot of social distancing and isolation going on ... but there's also a lot of #togetherness happening as families hunker down at home.⁠

Which is great, until it's not because everyone is making you crazy! We get it. This is all a LOT. ⁠

But at the end of the day, it's our family. And how many times have we wished to have more time with them? Crazy work schedules, traveling, kids at college, etc ... we hear it all every time we talk to clients about scheduling their family portrait. So, let's try as best we can to make the most of it and remember that we love these people! ❤️⁠

In the meanwhile, if you're realizing that you suddenly have everyone home together and it would be a great time for that family portrait you've been trying to make happen for the last few years, we've got you. ⁠

Our studio is not a public building, we are by appointment only. What does this mean for you? We don’t have tons of people going through here and never more than one client at a time. Also, we have concrete floors, and we are in complete control of our space here. We are disinfecting before and after each session. Also, we can do your session in your home (take a look at our posts over the past few weeks to see examples), or outside.⁠

It's times like these we are reminded of what's most important: family. We're here to help you celebrate it.⁠

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Y'all. It's crazy out there. I feel like we need love and compassion and connectivity more than ever right now. Which goes along perfectly with this portrait because these sweet friends of ours epitomize all of those things to me. I love the love they have for each other and those around them. I love the way Donna is leaning into Keith and the expression on his face as he holds her. This portrait says to me, "I've got you."⁠

And isn't that what we all need right now? ❤️⁠

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