Category Archives: Timothy's Adventures

The nonprofessional (or unprofessional) adventures of the photographer.

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What Makes us Different?

What makes one photographer different from another? To be sure, a large part of it is our imagery, but there is more to it than that. Successful businesses excel at being able to get the message out to consumers what it is that makes their brand different. Professional photographers tend to be very bad at putting that into words, because they rarely see past the images they create.

 

The result is that you see a lot of photographers attempt to use buzz words to set them apart, but those phrases are so ubiquitous now, that all it serves is to lump them back together. How often do you see the term “capturing the moment,” popping up on a photographer’s site? Are there really any photographers that don’t capture the moment? Continue reading »

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Join me in fighting Multiple Sclerosis

Having several friends and family members with multiple sclerosis, the fight for a world free of MS is very important to me. My wife and I will be traveling to Illinois in June to participate in the Tour de Farms, a fundraiser for the National MS society.

 

About MS

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms, which range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.

 

Support Me

Your gift helps support cutting-edge research and programs and services for everyone impacted by MS. Ending MS means no one will hear the words “You have MS” ever again. Every dollar counts!
 

You can make a donation by visiting: main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/timfaust

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Anatomy of an Image #11

Ice and Light

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My pre wedding photography life

I am going to state something that not a lot of professional photographers would do, photography is not my passion in life. In fact, it never was. My passions involve experiences such as travel, eating, meeting new people, experiencing new things. For me photography started as a means to share those experiences with others, and through a little luck combined with drive, it became a financial means to make that happen.

I didn’t get my start as a wedding or portrait photographer. The first photos that ever earned me money were ones that I took of hiking and camping in college for Northern Illinois University‘s outdoor program. Soon after I was photographing cycling events for Chicago’s Windy City Sports Magazine. After spending our entire lives in Illinois, my wife, Carin, and I moved to southern California.  By that time in 2002, I was starting to take photography more seriously and began attending the Brooks Institute of Photography.  While studying, I was photographing mainly for a handful of environmental organizations like the Community Environmental Council. During my time in California, I focused on mostly landscape photography, and the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains and Yosemite National Park, in particular.

After a year in California, we relocated to the mountains of Colorado where I visited often as a child. We made our home in Summit County, and I focused heavily on a combination of landscape and adventure travel photography.  Within year, my work was being featured in magazines like National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Trail Runner, Freeskier, and several other small publications. In many ways, I was living the dream life of a photographer.

 

I have a question about wedding photography: How well can you ski?

So where does wedding photography come in to play? Here is the funny thing about Colorado; people get married here because they love travel and adventure. Recently, I received a phone call that went a little like, “I have a question about wedding photography: How well can you ski?” The couple who asked was having a wedding at Copper Mountain in which everyone would be skiing. By now, I am used to those kinds of questions, but 10 years ago I was a little surprised at how people who saw my adventure photography were interested in having me photograph their weddings.

After a decade of photographing weddings, I have realized that this notion I had about weddings being boring, was based on my limited experiences growing up in the suburbs of Chicago. The people that hire me to photograph their weddings are different. They are fun and adventurous. In the last decade, I have photographed weddings in the desert, on roofs of buildings, on the tops of mountains, on tropical islands, on boats, and just about anywhere else you can think of. Everything I want out of life (having adventures and meeting new people) I get through wedding photography.

Below is a selection of images of things I have photographed that have nothing to do with weddings. Many of them are from before I photographed my first wedding.

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My Favorite Portrait

Location: Lhasa, Tibet

Subject: Unknown Woman

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Breckenridge Ice Castles Model Shoot

Location: Breckenridge, Colorado

Venue: The Breckenridge Ice Castles

I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful model, Maggie, at the Breckenridge Ice Castles a few weeks ago. A pretty heavy snow started falling in the middle of our shoot which resulted in some pretty dramatic photographs and one very cold model.

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The Best of 2013

The Best Images of Last Year

 
Every January, I like to have a look back on the previous year’s photos and share a few of my favorites from 2013.

  

Enjoy
 
 

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