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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.

 

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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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I Can Order Beer in 10 Languages

 

My wife, Carin, and I really enjoy traveling.  I wish I was one of those cultured individuals that could carry on a conversation in dozens of languages as I traveled the world.  Sadly, that just isn’t the case. What I can do is go is order beer in Mandarin Chinese, Nepali, German, French, Tibetan, Spanish (both Castillian and Mexican,) Japanese, and of course, several variations of English.

 

Beer might be one of humanity’s oldest inventions, dating back at least 7,000 years. and has been credited for the existence of civilization because it was safer to drink than water.  As it turns out this was likely due to the fact that water needed to be boiled to make the beer, thus they ended up unknowingly killing the microorganisms. (It’s easy for the chemist in my to geek out on beer.)

 

It is almost universally enjoyed in every civilization on earth dating back to Mesopotamian times. Each culture has its own variation on it from the darker and heavy ales of England to the light and crisp beers of Asia.  I may be biased, but I still think the best beers from from the United States, and particularly right here in Colorado.
 
Once, when Carin and I were in London, we stopped in at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub in a dark alley off of Fleet Street. The Chesire Cheese has been in the same location for just shy of 500 years, and it definitely feels like it on the inside complete with gloomy rooms and coal burning fireplace. The cellars supposedly day back to the 13th century. While there we met a lovely couple from the country that was in London to see a play. After a beer at the bar, we ended up dining together, sharing stories, and even stayed in touch through letters for several years afterwards.
 
 

But I digress. When traveling, there is nothing better than sitting down with new friends over a glass of beer, and sharing stories and traveler’s tales. I remember playing pool in Tibet with our guide and a few locals while sharing some beer. I spoke almost no Tibetan, but my ability to order beer was enough to open the door to a fun night.  When you have games to play and beer to drink, you don’t need a common language to enjoy the company of new friends.

 
 
 
On another trip, Carin and I decided to take a drive through the south coast of Spain and visit some of the smaller out of the way villages.  We had no plan, no guidebook, just a map and the desire to get lost in the countryside. In some ways, Spain was more difficult than Tibet, because I speak just enough Spanish to get in over my head.  The thing is, I can walk into a restaurant, say hello, ask how the weather is, ask for a table, and order beer with just enough of an accent to sound like I might speak the language.  Unfortunately, my entire 3 years of high school Spanish was exhausted in that initial exchange. When our waiter asks us something else, I am left completely clueless.  I think I need how to say the following phrase in Spanish:
 

My apologies, but I think I may have misrepresented my ability to speak your language. May I have a beer?

 
 
 
If you ever run in to Carin and I while we are out traveling, pull up a chair and join us. The first round is on me.
 
 

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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.
View from the roof of our friend's house in Nepal looking north towards the Annapurnas.
 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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Faces of the Himalaya Show January 9th, 2009 at Altitude Gallery.

I love the mountains and the outdoors, but my favorite thing about travelling (aside from eating exotic foods) is getting a chance to meet with people from different cultures around the world. Before leaving for Asia, I had planned on photographing landscapes, mountains, rivers, and ancient monasteries. However, after a few days of travelling through Tibet, I was really drawn to the people there.

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