Oakman graduate pursuing degree in fashion photography

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 7/5/18

Tyler Morrow started his creative journey at Oakman High School, and he's now becoming an established fashion photographer in Atlanta.Morrow, also known as Tyler Judson creatively, is in his …

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Oakman graduate pursuing degree in fashion photography

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Tyler Morrow started his creative journey at Oakman High School, and he's now becoming an established fashion photographer in Atlanta.

Morrow, also known as Tyler Judson creatively, is in his sophomore year at The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta. He's already photographed brands for major companies and has a growing social media following of people interested in his fashion design skills.

He originally wanted to pursue a career in film, but he's now on track to earn a bachelor's degree in fashion photography.   

"With photos, I can fix and manage every single piece of it," Morrow said.

He also has a love for self portraits, which has helped him earn work and build his portfolio through the H Influencer Collective that connects brands with creators.

Networking and a wide array of opportunities have been presented to Morrow since he started college at SCAD in 2017, but he's been a visionary since he was a young boy.

Morrow was born with Marfan syndrome, a condition that affects the body's connective tissue.  

"It renders a lot of my muscles completely weak and elastic. I was legally blind for 17 years until last year," he said.

Until Morrow received a lensectomy, he wasn't able to drive like his peers, so he spent much of his youth developing his creative skills.  

"I just sat and I watched, and I learned how to do things and make art [on YouTube], because that's something that I've done since I was a child," Morrow said. "I have drawn since I was little. I've been in art classes since I was little. I would say I was around 13 or 14 when I started making things for people and taking photos for people."

Morrow said he taught himself how to do makeup and prosthetics in his teens, a trade he now uses to style his models. He admits other than yearbook and band, there were not other creative outlets offered when he was in high school, but he credits Oakman High teacher Monica Brown for encouraging him to pursue his interests.

"I love her. She's like a second mom. She's the yearbook sponsor, so I worked closely with her," Morrow said. "I could go to her office and tell her about anything that was wrong creative-wise or just in my personal life. ... She was like a leading light. She was one of the first people I told that I applied to SCAD and I got in, and then she helped me fill out the application for scholarships one day."

Another Oakman High teacher, Natalie Carson, gave Morrow some experience by letting him design a logo for her business.  

Morrow said his parents were nervous for him to pursue a fine arts degree, but he promised them he would work hard to succeed.  

"During that time, I was still trying to promote myself on social media, because I didn't know if this was going to be a good career choice, and my parents were scared to death that I was going to an arts school to pursue some career that no one here really pursues as a full-time job," he said. "I told them that if I go, I will make the connections. That's one of the big reasons that someone goes to SCAD, because while it is good education, the benefits are also great to make connections with people in the business."

In his first year at SCAD, he took design, film and photography courses, and he did photos for a magazine called "Red Line", among other freelance and paid photography opportunities. This summer, Morrow is focusing on more self portraits, and he has also done some photography at the Alabama Theatre.

His ultimate goal is to be a creative director for a company, and he would love to work for a print or digital magazine to conceptualize photo shoots. Morrow also plans to visit Oakman High and encourage other students to pursue their creative interests. 

"In high school, I didn't have the confidence to show off my work a lot, and now I feel like I've grown a lot by going outside of the town that I grew up in and learning more about culture and meeting new people," he said. 

Morrow said he's excited to go back to Atlanta and continue developing his photography skills.

"Some people don't like to go to work, and I'm just waiting for the next time that I get to go do something like this," he said.

To see more of Morrow's photographs, visit www.tylerjudson.com.