Don Taylor’s Photography has increased its staff, from left, Office Manager Syndi Schlindwein, Owner Don Taylor, employee Vincent Maestas and Photographer Sara Pacheco. Courtesy/Don Taylor’s Photography
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
Don Taylor’s Photography has a lot to celebrate. The photography studio is celebrating 33 years in business and an increased staff.
The new employees include Sara Pacheco, photographer; Syndi Schlindwein, office manager; and office assistant Vincent Maestas.
One of the perks of being a long-time business is that second and third generations of customers that Taylor has photographed have walked through the doors. For instance, Taylor is scheduled to photograph a wedding in the spring. He photographed the bride’s mother’s high school senior portrait, the mother’s wedding and the bride’s high school senior portrait.
“It’s really nice that you can do that,” he said. “It’s almost like you become part of the family.”
Taylor believes one of things that helped him be successful is his customer service. “My business philosophy is I always treat people the way I want to be treated.”
It is also beneficial that Taylor enjoys his work. “I really enjoy what I do and people have told me that they can see that. I feel pretty fortunate that I can do something I enjoy and people appreciate that.”
There isn’t a particular occasion or subject Taylor prefers to photograph over another. “I like it all just because it’s a lot of variety … and it’s nice to be diverse.”
Taylor got interested in photography when he was in eighth grade. He said, “When I was in eighth grade my science teacher had a photo contest and I took first place in black-and-white and I thought, ‘Wow, this is fun and you can make a living at this?’”
Taylor’s new staff are also enjoying the opportunity to be a part of the business. Schlindwein, who joined the photography studio in March, said, “Don is a wonderful boss. He really is.”
As the office manager, Schlindwein handles everything from making appointments to doing daily bookkeeping.
“It’s a laid-back environment. Everybody is just so friendly and Don does great work; everybody who comes in is happy … it’s just nice to see the customers’ excitement when they see the finished product,” Schlindwein said.
Before joining Taylor’s team, Pacheco ran her own photography business. She joined Taylor’s business in January 2016. She had been doing post production work, which includes processing digital files, retouching and the final stages of portraits.
This year, Pacheco will specialize in maternity, newborn and baby photography. Pacheco said Taylor has mentored her in studio photography. “I love everything I’m learning.”
Being a mother herself, Pacheco said she enjoys photographing new mothers and infants. “I have four children of my own and I really love capturing newborns and those moments that don’t last forever.” She added, “I’ve always enjoyed photography and once my children were born I wanted to take pictures of them.”
Maestas, a junior at Los Alamos High School, helps with customers, prints orders from the photography studio’s website and scans old photographs and slides. Being able to have his new staff, Taylor said, “is just incredible.”
In honor of the business’ 33rd anniversary, Taylor said they are offering a newborn promotion and are planning to offer a family portrait promotion this summer. Don Taylor’s Photography is at 999 Central Ave., and can be reached at 505.662.2523.