221: DARING to Pursue Business at a Young Age with HOPE TAYLOR

May 25, 2022


Today on Dare to Develop, we have Hope of Hope Taylor photography. She is a photographer and business coach based in Savannah. She started her business while she was in high school and created an extremely successful business of senior photography which then branched out into other aspects of photography and then teaching others how she did it.  

We’re so excited for you to listen to this episode all about following your intuition and moving into the next phase of your career!


I dare you to do whatever your gut is telling you after listening to this conversation.

There are probably some of you that are listening and thinking, “okay, is she speaking to me because my intuition is telling me, this is the next step, or this is the next project, or this is a hard conversation I need to have.” 

Really lean hard into whatever your gut is telling you and whatever your intuition is telling you.

Because the best thing that I’ve done for my business is trusting myself. So I dare you to trust yourself a little bit. 


What do you shoot with? 

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark 3, but I’ve been moving more into my R6 and I’m loving it.

What’s your favorite tool in business? 

I run my entire business with HoneyBook and this is going to sound like a pitch. It’s really not. I just love it.

What’s your favorite pre/post wedding snack? 

Anything chocolate. I am just a chocolate girl through and through and Hayden isn’t, which is perfect because I can eat all the chocolate in our household.

What’s your favorite creative pump-up jam? 

Anything Taylor Swift, which is such a basic response, but I love Taylor. 

What is your favorite thing to do outside of your business? 

I have been huge into cooking lately. I’ve been really loving closing work down and cooking a homemade meal for dinner. It’s one of my favorite things right now.

What’s the best education you’ve learned from? 

I love Graham Cochrane. I was in his mastermind for three years. He has a podcast and a YouTube channel. If you’re looking to do digital marketing world things, he’s funny.

What is one daring leap you’ve taken in your business? 

I think the biggest one is the one we’ve already talked about, but I think just pursuing, going full time, despite even my own dad telling me that he didn’t love that idea.

And I continued to pursue my business when he made me go to one semester of college aamd it was really, really hard. I took one semester off to see what I could do and here we are eight years later. So that’s the biggest daring thing that I’ve done.

What is one thing you feel like you’re really great at in your business?

 I feel like I am really great at seeing a trajectory for other people’s businesses that they might not see. I’m in my mastermind group and I love when somebody asks me if I was in their shoes, what would I do next? And being able to map that out for them, because it’s sometimes not what they saw for themselves.

Where can our listeners find you?

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We dare you to check out the other Dare to Develop Podcast episodes including 000: Welcome to Dare to Develop where you get to meet your hosts Kristine Herman and Ashley Baumgartner. Also check out our 2022 Book Recommendations.