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Review Timothy Faust Photography and Support Charity

 
 

 As you probably know, nothing is as powerful as word of mouth for the success of any business. Today the primary means of that is through social media and leaving an online review, but a challenge photographers like myself face is getting people to take the time to leave a review for is. Most reputable review sites do not allow businesses to compensate clients for leaving a review, but after talking with my doctor, Louis Perrinjaquet, we came up with an idea to help make it worth you while.

 

If you are a past client for weddings or portraits, even if all you did was order a few prints or download some digital images from a family member’s wedding, and take a few minutes to leave me a review, it will be greatly appreciated. Since I can’t compensate people for reviewing me, what I will do instead is to make a donation to, Doctors to the World, the charity group that my doctor works with providing medical services in developing countries.

 
For every review on Weddingwire or theKnot Timothy Faust Photography receives between the beginning of the year and July 1st, 2016, I will donate $20 to Doctors to the World. If you don’t have the time to write a full review, like my Facebook page or Instagram, and for each new follower I get, I will donate 25 cents, so tell your friends.

 

So there is complete transparency, here is where the numbers are right now:

Facebook: 1,455 fans
Instagram: 1,700 followers
Weddingwire: 11 reviews
theKnot: 7 reviews

 

To learn more about Doctors to the World, check out this websites and articles:

Summit County Fundraiser to Benefit Nepal Earthquake Victims

 
 
 

 

 

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Timothy Faust Photography among top 20 Destination Wedding Photographers

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According to Bridebox.com, Timothy Faust Photography is among the top 20 destination wedding photographers in North America. After having photographed in places all over the United States as well as Europe and Asia, it is am amazing honor to be included on a list with such photographers as David Beckstead and Ben Chrisman.

 

You can read the original article here.

 

 

 

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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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Cliff and Karen’s Leavenworth Wedding

Balancing Act

 

One of my favorite things to do is to photograph the weddings of friends.  I met Karen over ten years ago when I was in graduate school at Northern Illinois University.  At the time, I was the graduate assistant for the Outing Centre, the university’s outdoor adventure program.  I hired Karen to work as a backpacking and climbing guide back in 2000. Since then we have shared many adventures together mostly revolving around rock climbing.
 
I love the story of how I met her future husband, Cliff, back in 2009. I was sitting in a small internet cafe in Kathmandu, Nepal, and decided to check my Facebook page. Which I can assure you, is no easy task in a city that only gets electricity for 8 hours per day, and it takes a little luck for the internet and electricity to be on at the same time.  I just happened to notice a post on Karen’s page that said she was sitting in a different internet cafe also in Kathmandu.  I had no idea she was even in that part of the world, let alone on the other side of town.  I sent her a message suggesting we should meet the next day before I left to return home.  The next day, we met up for lunch, and that is how I met Cliff for the first time.
 
Unfortunately, I haven’t had too many opportunities to spend time with Karen and Cliff in the last few years because of busy schedules all of us being on the road a lot.  The one time I did get to see them was on our 2010 attempt to climb Mount Rainier.  Unfortunately due to an injury on our team, we turned around a few thousand feet from the summit, but spending several days tied to each other on a rope team is a great way to get to know someone.  Either you end up hating each other or become fast friends.  Fortunately my experience was the latter, and I was thrilled when Karen told me that her and Cliff were engaged, and that they wanted me to photograph their wedding in Leavenworth, Washington.
 
 


 
 

To see more images of this event, visit www.pictage.com/1201307.
 
 

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Destination Weddings: Backing up in the Field

Importance of Backing up

One of my biggest fears would be to somehow lose someone’s wedding photos while en route back to Colorado from where ever their destination wedding was. About a year ago, I wrote a very in depth blog entry regarding  image backup and protection in the office. Of course that requires that the images make it safely from the destination wedding to the office. The key to any backup plan is a lot of redundancy.  While in the field at a destination wedding that means duplicating not just the images but the tools needed to back them up.

 

Timothy working at his computer in a hotel

 

 

For example, it does me no good to bring two portable hard drives and only one USB cable, because if the cable is lost or broken, then the hard drives become unusable.  Of course if I am shooting a wedding in the U.S. there is a good chance that there is a store nearby where I could replace hard drives, cables, even a computer if need be, but that isn’t always the case elsewhere.  I also cannot rely on internet access or even power, because I have photographed weddings in Nepal, where neither was available. For starts I want to walk you through my workflow.

Destination Wedding Workflow

  1. Start by backing up all of the camera cards to an external hard drive.
  2. Copy those files to at least one more external drive.
  3. I now have three copies: the cards and two drives.
  4. Return the cards to my camera bag.
  5. Place one hard drive in my checked bag.
  6. Place the second hard drive in my wife’s checked bag or a separate carry-on.
  7. When traveling in a part of the world where I have a serious concern about theft or lost luggage, I will ship a 4th hard drive home via FedEx or DHL.

Equipment

As I said, I need backups of all my equipment, so that means two of everything.  Here is the short list of what I bring for a destination wedding.

  • Two notebook computers, or one computer and one tablet.
  • Two (or three) portable USB hard drives.
  • Two card readers.
  • Two USB cables.
  • If I know I will be close to a computer store, I might only bring one computer and one card reader.

 

Summary

The idea is that barring my plane crashing, I can loose two out of three of my bags, and still get the couple’s images from their destination wedding back to my office in Colorado.  As far as the equipment goes, if anything fails in the field, I either have backup equipment on hand, or easy access to a store that sells it.  I am a lot less concerned about bringing a spear USB cable if I know there is a 24 hour Walmart across the street from the venue than I would be if the wedding was in the Caribbean. However, just like it is important to have backups of camera gear for a destination wedding, as I pointed out in this entry, it is just as important to have backups of your backup gear.

 

 

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Wedding in Nepal: part 1

I love weddings. I know a lot of photographers that get burnt out on photographing weddings, or only do them because “they pay the bills.” Personally, I can’t get enough. All weddings are cultural events. Often the weddings we attend share a culture similar to our own, and the best we can hope for is a different religion, or maybe a different family background to change things up. But last year I had the opportunity to photograph two weddings that were unlike any I had been to before. This is the story of my second wedding in Nepal in Himalayas of Asia.
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 At first glance, parts of Nepal can feel as crowded and as fast paced as New York, but that feeling doesn’t last once you get to know the Nepalese people. Times and schedules are somewhat meaningless. If someone says, “See you in ten minutes,” it could mean an hour, or it could mean tomorrow afternoon. Being on “Nepali time” can be frustrating to a foreigner who is used to a western world run with such precision. However, once you learn to overcome the initial frustration, it can be a very liberating experience.

 

Having just finished trekking across Tibet for almost a month, I arrived in Nepal pretty tired and was looking forward to relaxing with some friends in the capital, Kathmandu for a few days. My friend Debbie, had been spending the previous six months living in Kathmandu, and her roomate Kalpana served as our tour guide while I was there. She had asked me what I wanted to do and see while I was there. I knew I could handle a lot of the tourist sites on my own, but one thing I could use her help with was finding a wedding to photograph. Nepal is made of of a variety of different religious groups including, Buddhist, Muslim, and Christianity, but Hindu’s make up the overwhelming majority of the people of Nepal. I had only attended on Hindu wedding before, and that was the previous week. Luckily, through Nepal’s vast cousin and friend network, in just a few hours, Kalpana managed to get all of us invited to a wedding in Pokhara later that week. 

As I said earlier, I love weddings. I love how they are cultural experiences, and this wedding in Nepal certainly qualified as one of the most unusual cultural experiences I have ever had. In day to day to day life many Nepalis have foregone traditional clothing in exchange for more western styles like one would see in Europe or North America. Weddings are one of the exceptions. Hours before the wedding even started I was enjoying photographing all the guests in their traditional clothing.

Color is very significant in Nepal. Different colors represent different marital status. For instance, blue means the woman is married, grey symbolizes mourning, pink is worn by women who are available for marriage, and red is often worn by brides and their immediate family. I was confused when I saw the very young girls in pink. I asked if that meant they they were available, and Kalpana explained that it means that they have not already had their marriages arranged. It doesn’t mean that they are actively seeking a fiance. That came as a bit of a relief to me.

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Wedding in Nepal: part 2

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The concept of a love marriage versus an arranged marriage seems to be of a lot more interest to foreigners than it is to Nepalis. One person I talked to accused American parents of being un loving for not trying harder to find the right spouse for their children. I had never really looked at it that way before. And when I think back to how difficult it was for me to pursue my wife, maybe letting the parents do all the work isn’t such a bad idea. Regardless, I was relieved to know that most Nepali’s do not think an arranged marriage is such a bad thing, and generally the ones that do are free to pursue a love marriage if they like.

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