We are going nuts. Daniel Taylor Photography got an email this morning saying we were winners in the 2012 Bride’s Choice Awards from WeddingWire.com!
This is based on the reviews of our incredible clients. We can’t thank our clients enough for this honor, which according to WW, puts us in the top 5% of wedding professionals in the country. So, so honored.
Jones Valley Urban Farm's new director, Grant Brigham. Photo by Kelli Hewett Taylor of Daniel Taylor Photography.
Grant Brigham is leading the nationally acclaimed Jones Valley Urban Farm into its second decade.
by Kelli Hewett Taylor
Grant Brigham returned home in 2011 to become the second executive director of Jones Valley Urban Farm. He brought along some cutting-edge non-profit business ideas to anchor this downtown Birmingham jewel as it enters its second decade.
Since 2001, JVUF has risen to national acclaim as a fresh food oasis supported by some of Birmingham’s top culinary names. To help sustain the farm’s educational programs and continue growing organic crops, Brigham has introduced ideas of social entrepreneurship, a national movement in business to make non-profits more competitive and more efficient.
“If people were givers or donors before, we want them to be investors from now on,” says Brigham, who has a master’s degree in agricultural education. “People should expect returns on their investments from us, to know how their money is making a difference.”
Brigham grew up in Mountain Brook, the son of Mountain Brook realtor and businessman Tommy Brigham. Grant has sought out unfamiliar life experiences, living in Uganda for several years, working with small farming businesses in Hyderabad, India, and working as a laborer on an organic teaching farm in southern Costa Rica.
“There was no relationship with food when I was growing up,” Brigham says. “I never went hungry, or went without. I never had to wonder where food came from. Now it’s something I think about often and am obsessed about. Jones Valley has grown from a vision. It’s a business now that Birmingham and Jefferson County need.”
Part of his path to non-profit work traces to Brigham’s friendship with the late Civil Rights leader, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. Brigham pondered how he might have reacted had he been alive during the Civil Rights Movement. “Rev. Shuttlesworth challenged me to see that, as much as I could imagine history, I had to consider where we were in the world now and how I could change the problems in the present,” Brigham says.
Now, Brigham is leading the Jones Valley team in a search for more grant, corporate and government funding and a permanent building to call home.
“Grant comes from a long line of successful business men and women,” farm co-founder Edwin Marty says. “I think he fundamentally understands a non-profit’s needs and successful business management.”
“He’s really smart and understands what it’s going to take to make Jones Valley sustainable,” says Jones Valley board member Nick Pihakis, of Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q. “That’s so critical—how we can be around for the next generations. We need to make more people aware of Jones Valley, and I think Grant’s going to do that.”
Brigham admits it was a bit daunting stepping into his new role. “This is my first shot being the leader of an organization, so if it fails, the blame is on me,” he says.
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Grant Brigham, the new director of Jones Valley Urban Farm in Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Kelli Hewett Taylor/Daniel Taylor Photography
I love Grant’s intensity when it comes to the things that are important to him, and he really has a passion for making people healthier through good food. He’s devoted to supporting local and small businesses, and he is always open to the best ideas the world has to offer. Before he moved back to Birmingham, Grant lived and worked in Uganda, India and Central America with small agricultural businesses and how to make them more successful in emerging nations. We’re glad to have him back in the ‘Ham.
Grant with his then-fiancee, Ashley, in their engagement photos by Daniel Taylor Photography.
If you follow our work, Grant may look familiar. That’s because we shot engagement photos of he and his wife, Ashley, and their photos remain some of our most popular. Check out some of the engagement photos highlights.
All those pretty photos in the 2012 weddings trends article are ours, and Daniel photographed the yummy engagement rings spread, too. I was interviewed in the trends article, but I got cut out when they decided to use all our photos, instead. Anyone who knows Birmingham mag knows they strive to be fair, and you have to respect that, right?We couldn’t be more appreciative to the Bham mag team for letting us be such a big part of the magazine this month!
The issue is available in all the major bookstores, so check out the wedding trends article and Daniel’s photo spread on to-die-for engagement rings. The magazine has a brand-new redesign and tons of great features
The January 2012 issue of Birmiingham magazine features tons of Daniel Taylor Photography again this year. Yippee!
Daniel Taylor Photography in Birmingham magazine, Jan. 2012, wedding trends.
Daniel Taylor Photography is in this month's Birmingham magazine, spotlight on weddings!
Daniel is a new photographer for Birmingham magazine and photographed these gorgeous engagement rings on pretty rock candy.
A gorgeous Porsche 911 with a Christmas wreath at the Porsche Club DE at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo by Daniel Taylor Photography.
Daniel had the terrible, terrible job of spending the day at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala, photographing another Porsche Driver’s Education extravaganza. I know, it’s a tough job for a guy who adores most things automotive.
Ff you want to hear grown men as excited as 9-year-old boys at Christmas, talk to these DE participants a few days later about ordering posters of themselves for their offices and dens. It’s really, really fun to be able to provide that kind of service for our clients who love our photography.
The Porsche DE events are for driving enthusiasts who come in from around the country to improve the driving skills on a professional track. It’s a weekend of grown-up indulgence and fun, taught by some incredibly impressive driving instructors. Daniel has photographed it for the Alabama Porsche Club a few times now.