As part of our Daisy & series we're spotlighting some of our favourite women, introducing you to some you might not know and letting you get to know others a little more. This week we're getting to know New Yorker and Photographer Taylor LaShae.
You grew up in Houston, Texas. Tell us how you ended up in New York and making that your home?
That story is a long one actually. I have travelled and moved all over the world since the moment I left Texas. Moved to New York for 5 years, following that it was LA for 3… after doing those two — I still wanted more. I then put all my things in storage and took two suitcases to Sydney where I split the time between Australia and Bali. After that, I headed to Hong Kong and Sri Lanka... then Paris and then London for a year or so! I went back to New York because even after living in all those places New York felt like home to me.
A creative Leo through and through, you express yourself in so many ways. Creatively, where do you feel the most at home?
When I’m actually at my home preparing... the moment right before shooting, where I plan out the looks, the accessories… that’s one of my favourite parts about it, is the preparation. I feel most comfortable letting out my creative juices in the pre-process.
As the world begins to open up again, where is next on your travel hit list?
Without thinking, my top is Tokyo during Halloween.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I play video games and have a great fondness for learning about space and time.
Our jewellery tells our story, memories we carry around with us. Do you have a sentimental piece of jewellery you treasure and if so, why?
My mom has this stunning ring covered in diamonds. Extremely tasteful and she told me a long time ago that this ring will one day be mine. I love the idea of mothers and daughters passing down their belongings. It's more than a treasure.
With a well-deserved and varied career over the years, what has been your proudest moment?
That's hard to say for I have created different milestones through my life and career. I don't have any one moment in particular because I’m proud of it all.
You’ve got 5 minutes to leave the house, what do you wear?
Black button up, black trousers, silver jewellery, black boots, Prada bag, apply red lipstick and a black beret… the solid vibe.
You have a few pieces of Daisy jewellery now, which are your all-time favourites and go-to pieces?
Well, first of all I gravitate towards silver and all the pieces were so my style. The rings and the Vita necklace are my favourites.
"I’m a daughter, a true creative, the nostalgic thinker, and forever childlike."
Favourite coffee table book we should all own?
The one I have currently on mine is a big Peter Lindberg book on Fashion Photography.
What’s the first camera you ever owned and where were you when you took your first picture?
Ooo haha, it was a spice girls Polaroid camera, and it was probably a picture of my sister or puppy.
If you had advice for your younger self, what would it be?
I can actually take a page or two out of my younger self’s book now. my younger self was so strong, undeniably happy and nothing could get her down. Not saying I am not that way now… it was just such a personality that was a force to be reckoned with. I always believe I would strive for greatness, and I am actually truly proud of myself in my younger days. So much stronger than I am now sometimes, definitely in public settings.
Daisy is run by women, for women and we champion those around us. What women in your life inspire you most?
Women who aren’t afraid to be alone and be happy with themselves and growing for themselves and not for anyone else. I have always been surrounded by these types of women, especially my mother. She is truthfully inspiring in this instance, and I strive to be more like that.
We all have many different roles to different people. What roles make you who you are, unapologetically?
I’m a daughter, a true creative, a nostalgic thinker, and forever childlike.