City of Knoxville, TN

09/11/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/11/2019 22:12

Maker Profile: Saray Taylor-Roman, Taylor-Roman Portrait

Saray Taylor-Roman, the owner of Taylor-Roman Portrait, has been getting her work has been recognized nationally through photography awards and part of the Maker City movement in Knoxville.

Taylor-Roman began her love with photography as a teenager, but didn't return to the medium seriously for two decades. Like many makers, she was looking for a career that provided greater personal fulfillment and found a point in life to pursue her dreams.

She was recently named a Fellow as a Master Photographer. This recognition from The Portrait Masters places her as one in three worldwide and one of two in the U.S. to receive this honor.

Taylor-Roman said of this recognition, 'While a fabulous accomplishment, I believe it to be a collective achievement. 80% of my merited work to reach this status was made together in collaboration with my beautiful East Tennessean clients who have become friends along the way. I am so blessed and so happy to have landed in such a supportive community. One that has allowed me to pursue my passion to blossom into my true identity as an artist.'

Mayor Madeline Rogero recognized Taylor-Roman and her work at the 2019 Maker Summit on Sept. 8 at the Mill and Mine. While Taylor-Roman was unable to attend this year's Maker Summit because of a national portrait conference happening at the same time, her husband, Daniel and young daughter, Sophia, were able to attend in her place and hear her work celebrated.