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Operating as usual

12/22/2021

Hey, It took me almost four months to get out of my creative funk. I am not even sure what was creating the feeling of inadequacy. I just knew that I felt as if I wasn't good enough. I felt as if my work wasn't good enough. I wasn't happy with what I was creating, and being forthright, perhaps I was so busy with photography jobs that I was working on finishing the job. I felt like an imposter in the very same industry that has brought me so many awards, recognitions, speaking engagements, and the opportunity to travel the world and see things that a kid from Hawaii would dream of seeing and doing.

I gave up on social media for five weeks. Facebook and Instagram simply because it wasn't bringing me any joy. The constant bickering, complaining, and malcontent of other people was and is still causing me a great deal of anxiety and frustration. The thing has always been that social media isn't social. It never really has been. At the same time, social media has also helped me create friends that I would have never met had it not been for the connections in small groups with other like-minded people on Facebook. I can honestly say the large group is nothing but depression. My timeline has devolved into something that I hope never would. I get it. We all grow up and get swept up in things we feel are important, and Facebook isn't as important to me as it once was, and this break away from social media has proven that in spades.

So this may probably be my last post of the year. Maybe it will be my last post on my personal page for some time, but I want to encourage you to push through when times seem off. When you don't feel good enough, work hard or take a break but do what is best for you. Your online life isn't as important as your in-person life, so I want to implore you to concentrate on the ones important to you. Write a letter to yourself, write a letter to someone important to you. Create even when you don't feel like creating. As much as we share the good things in our lives, it is also great to communicate when we struggle.

Take a break and breath; your work today will be there tomorrow. The people online today will be the same people who will be online tomorrow. Enjoy life because we only get one shot at it. If your photograph gets one like or 1,000, people will move on to the next thing, and that's ok too. Maybe this will resonate with you. Perhaps it won't. There is a lot to live for, but Panera isn't one. 2021 has been wild; 2022 will be wilder. Let's enjoy it while we can. Life is nothing but a mist, and it's here, and then it isn't.

Yesterday, I created images with two people I adore and who trust me to create imagery that they will hang in their homes. I am incredibly thankful to do what I do for a living. I'm not sure, I'm 100% out of my creative funk, but I do know I'm getting closer to being out of It than I was five weeks ago. Life as a creative is hard but worth it. Ain't life grand. My prayer for you in 2022 is that you find happiness and contentment. Thanks for reading.

Hey, it's me, Tim. I haven't scheduled or posted much to Instagram for a long time. In fact, over the last six months, I...
12/01/2021

Hey, it's me, Tim. I haven't scheduled or posted much to Instagram for a long time. In fact, over the last six months, I have been deleting photographs off of Instagram for various reasons. I feel as if I have forgotten why I was sharing in the first place. At first, I felt the need to keep up with the trends, and then it became just another task to keep up with, and then I realized Instagram was not bringing me joy. Sharing to social media became something I was doing because everyone else was doing it. Meanwhile, I was sitting at a place where I was not happy with my work. I sat looking at my feet and wondering why it wasn't better, why I had not gained a more significant following, and wondering why I was failing. If I am being true to myself, sharing is a chore and often comes with baggage.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I spent far too much time developing witty captions, the correct number of hashtags to gain traction on my posts, and lusting after the imagery that other people were creating. Over the last 4 to 5 months, I have had an opportunity just to create, and it has felt wonderful. I have had people send me messages wondering if I was still photographing weddings and engagements. I am. This fall was one of the most insanely busiest seasons of my career. I have been a photographer full-time for 11 years, and I am still discovering things about myself as a creative. I don't really know what this post is actually about other than just things that have been on my mind for a long time. It doesn't make sense, I am sure, but I am still figuring it out. So this may be my last post for the year. Maybe It won't be. I'm just an artist still figuring it out, and perhaps this resonates with someone else. Maybe it won't, but the one thing I do know is "the more we value things, the less we value ourselves." That is where I am currently at, and that is trying to value social media less so i can appreciate my work more.

In the most recent census, people who identified as multiracial went up 326% from 2010. Interracial relationships are tr...
08/17/2021

In the most recent census, people who identified as multiracial went up 326% from 2010. Interracial relationships are trending up. You see it in the census data, tv, & online. It’s only been 54 years since marrying outside your race was legal. My parents are in their 60’s.

The50proj.com .
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#liveauthentically #fineartweddingphotographers #portra400 #fuji400h #shotonfilm #photographer #shootfilmstaybroke #keepfilmalive #dcweddingphotographer #grainisgood #filmweddingphotographer #brideandgroom #believeinfilm #fineartphoto #kodak #thefindlab #marthaweddings #fuji400 #shootfilm

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” .....#fuji400h #stylemepretty #weddingphotography #me...
08/01/2021

“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” .
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#fuji400h #stylemepretty #weddingphotography #mediumformat #film #virginiawedding #weddingphotographer #contax645 #wedding #engaged #thatsdarling #fineartweddingphotographer #ishootfujifilm #filmphotographer #theknot #fineartwedding #marthastewartweddings #filmweddingphotographer #filmisnotdead #bride #filmphotography

🎉🍾 BIG ANNOUNCEMENT🎉🎉HAPPY LOVING DAY! I have been holding the stories of interracial marriage compiled in this book clo...
06/12/2021

🎉🍾 BIG ANNOUNCEMENT🎉🎉

HAPPY LOVING DAY!


I have been holding the stories of interracial marriage compiled in this book close to my heart for several years. But I have learned that in order to honor and actually learn from the past, we must let the stories out into the world to tell their truth. And that is done through sharing and speaking our experiences in every way possible, including pictures and people’s own words. And you all will be the first to experience these unique and beautiful stories of interracial marriage in their entirety.

My hope is that “The 50 Project” recognizes the trailblazing people of the past through these stories of interracial couples today—couples who chose to take on the challenge of loving another person in a historically combative space. These daring couples exist in our communities and in our families. They have much to offer and much to say. When you take time to read these modern day love stories and appreciate their photos, know that you also take time to listen to the voices of the past who paved the way. Thank you for choosing to listen to these stories with me.

Thanks for the Preorder:
Thanks for preordering The 50 Project. Putting a book together is no joke (I’m writer, photographer, editor, marketer, and publisher all in one!) But it wouldn’t even have been possible to do without your unwavering support and genuine interest in these stories. It’s folks like you that make the publication of this book a reality, and I appreciate every preorder, recommendation to a friend, and word of encouragement. You are an integral part of ensuring the awesome stories of interracial marriage are widespread when you rep this book! I can’t wait to deliver this meaningful project to you and hope you will share with your friends and family.

If you would not mind, could you share about my book on social media today? I would really appreciate it. Happy Loving Day!

https://www.the50proj.com

Do you want to be notified about the project?

https://bit.ly/3gnlPqw

The Fifty project Preorder will be going live in 2 weeks! “The advice that I would give to someone asking about a tough ...
04/21/2021

The Fifty project Preorder will be going live in 2 weeks! “The advice that I would give to someone asking about a tough question to an interracial couple is Before anything else ask yourself if your question comes from a place of positive intent. If, in fact, your questions come from a good place then reflect on when would be the correct time to ask and if this something you could google to educate yourself first. Before jumping into your questions make sure the person, couple, or family is comfortable and willing to have the conversation.
Then...ask your questions, engage in the responses, and take the answer at face value. You must realize that if you asked a question it's because you aren't living that experience and want to know more about the experience. Meaning whatever the answer is it is the correct answer and isn't to be dismissed.”

I know it’s been a bizarre year for many of us, but I'm happy to be fully vaccinated, and I'm ready to put in some work ...
04/16/2021

I know it’s been a bizarre year for many of us, but I'm happy to be fully vaccinated, and I'm ready to put in some work creating images and films for my clients.

This past year has been a year of ups and downs. I've had clients have to move their weddings around to accommodate the ...
04/14/2021

This past year has been a year of ups and downs. I've had clients have to move their weddings around to accommodate the coronavirus. I haven't photographed many weddings, but I have spent a lot of time reconnecting with my wife and kids, and I wouldn't trade that for the world. To my clients from 2020, I want you to know that your wedding in 2021 will be the best wedding I will ever photograph, and I can't wait to spend your day with you. See you soon.

Have you caught the Starting Over episode with Tyler Tindale on the Creative Comeback podcast? In this episode, we chat ...
04/13/2021

Have you caught the Starting Over episode with Tyler Tindale on the Creative Comeback podcast? In this episode, we chat about what it is like to rebrand and start over after being in the photography industry for over ten years. It is such a great episode, and Tyler shares so much of his thought process behind his rebrand.

there is literally nothing these two won't play together or compete at. I absolutely love being their father.
03/30/2021

there is literally nothing these two won't play together or compete at. I absolutely love being their father.

Super Pumped to share another episode of The Creative Comeback Podcast formerly known as The Morning Tea Podcast. In thi...
03/29/2021

Super Pumped to share another episode of The Creative Comeback Podcast formerly known as The Morning Tea Podcast. In this episode, I chat with Igor Demba about adjusting and pivoting as a creative during the global pandemic. How do you stay creative when you are stuck inside the four walls of your home? Listen now and find our how Igor pivoted in 2020. You can find my podcast on both iTunes and Spotify.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Episode 32: Adjusting During The Pandemic with Igor Demba is up on the The Creative Comeback Podcast

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Hey, It took me almost four months to get out of my creative funk. I am not even sure what was creating the feeling of inadequacy. I just knew that I felt as if I wasn't good enough. I felt as if my work wasn't good enough. I wasn't happy with what I was creating, and being forthright, perhaps I was so busy with photography jobs that I was working on finishing the job. I felt like an imposter in the very same industry that has brought me so many awards, recognitions, speaking engagements, and the opportunity to travel the world and see things that a kid from Hawaii would dream of seeing and doing. I gave up on social media for five weeks. Facebook and Instagram simply because it wasn't bringing me any joy. The constant bickering, complaining, and malcontent of other people was and is still causing me a great deal of anxiety and frustration. The thing has always been that social media isn't social. It never really has been. At the same time, social media has also helped me create friends that I would have never met had it not been for the connections in small groups with other like-minded people on Facebook. I can honestly say the large group is nothing but depression. My timeline has devolved into something that I hope never would. I get it. We all grow up and get swept up in things we feel are important, and Facebook isn't as important to me as it once was, and this break away from social media has proven that in spades. So this may probably be my last post of the year. Maybe it will be my last post on my personal page for some time, but I want to encourage you to push through when times seem off. When you don't feel good enough, work hard or take a break but do what is best for you. Your online life isn't as important as your in-person life, so I want to implore you to concentrate on the ones important to you. Write a letter to yourself, write a letter to someone important to you. Create even when you don't feel like creating. As much as we share the good things in our lives, it is also great to communicate when we struggle. Take a break and breath; your work today will be there tomorrow. The people online today will be the same people who will be online tomorrow. Enjoy life because we only get one shot at it. If your photograph gets one like or 1,000, people will move on to the next thing, and that's ok too. Maybe this will resonate with you. Perhaps it won't. There is a lot to live for, but Panera isn't one. 2021 has been wild; 2022 will be wilder. Let's enjoy it while we can. Life is nothing but a mist, and it's here, and then it isn't. Yesterday, I created images with two people I adore and who trust me to create imagery that they will hang in their homes. I am incredibly thankful to do what I do for a living. I'm not sure, I'm 100% out of my creative funk, but I do know I'm getting closer to being out of It than I was five weeks ago. Life as a creative is hard but worth it. Ain't life grand. My prayer for you in 2022 is that you find happiness and contentment. Thanks for reading.
Hey, it's me, Tim. I haven't scheduled or posted much to Instagram for a long time. In fact, over the last six months, I have been deleting photographs off of Instagram for various reasons. I feel as if I have forgotten why I was sharing in the first place. At first, I felt the need to keep up with the trends, and then it became just another task to keep up with, and then I realized Instagram was not bringing me joy. Sharing to social media became something I was doing because everyone else was doing it. Meanwhile, I was sitting at a place where I was not happy with my work. I sat looking at my feet and wondering why it wasn't better, why I had not gained a more significant following, and wondering why I was failing. If I am being true to myself, sharing is a chore and often comes with baggage.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I spent far too much time developing witty captions, the correct number of hashtags to gain traction on my posts, and lusting after the imagery that other people were creating. Over the last 4 to 5 months, I have had an opportunity just to create, and it has felt wonderful. I have had people send me messages wondering if I was still photographing weddings and engagements. I am. This fall was one of the most insanely busiest seasons of my career. I have been a photographer full-time for 11 years, and I am still discovering things about myself as a creative. I don't really know what this post is actually about other than just things that have been on my mind for a long time. It doesn't make sense, I am sure, but I am still figuring it out. So this may be my last post for the year. Maybe It won't be. I'm just an artist still figuring it out, and perhaps this resonates with someone else. Maybe it won't, but the one thing I do know is "the more we value things, the less we value ourselves." That is where I am currently at, and that is trying to value social media less so i can appreciate my work more.
In the most recent census, people who identified as multiracial went up 326% from 2010. In*******al relationships are trending up. You see it in the census data, tv, & online. It’s only been 54 years since marrying outside your race was legal. My parents are in their 60’s. The50proj.com . . . . . #liveauthentically #fineartweddingphotographers #portra400 #fuji400h #shotonfilm #photographer #shootfilmstaybroke #keepfilmalive #dcweddingphotographer #grainisgood #filmweddingphotographer #brideandgroom #believeinfilm #fineartphoto #kodak #thefindlab #marthaweddings #fuji400 #shootfilm
“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.” . . . . . #fuji400h #stylemepretty #weddingphotography #mediumformat #film #virginiawedding #weddingphotographer #contax645 #wedding #engaged #thatsdarling #fineartweddingphotographer #ishootfujifilm #filmphotographer #theknot #fineartwedding #marthastewartweddings #filmweddingphotographer #filmisnotdead #bride #filmphotography
🎉🍾 BIG ANNOUNCEMENT🎉🎉 HAPPY LOVING DAY! I have been holding the stories of in*******al marriage compiled in this book close to my heart for several years. But I have learned that in order to honor and actually learn from the past, we must let the stories out into the world to tell their truth. And that is done through sharing and speaking our experiences in every way possible, including pictures and people’s own words. And you all will be the first to experience these unique and beautiful stories of in*******al marriage in their entirety. My hope is that “The 50 Project” recognizes the trailblazing people of the past through these stories of in*******al couples today—couples who chose to take on the challenge of loving another person in a historically combative space. These daring couples exist in our communities and in our families. They have much to offer and much to say. When you take time to read these modern day love stories and appreciate their photos, know that you also take time to listen to the voices of the past who paved the way. Thank you for choosing to listen to these stories with me. Thanks for the Preorder: Thanks for preordering The 50 Project. Putting a book together is no joke (I’m writer, photographer, editor, marketer, and publisher all in one!) But it wouldn’t even have been possible to do without your unwavering support and genuine interest in these stories. It’s folks like you that make the publication of this book a reality, and I appreciate every preorder, recommendation to a friend, and word of encouragement. You are an integral part of ensuring the awesome stories of in*******al marriage are widespread when you rep this book! I can’t wait to deliver this meaningful project to you and hope you will share with your friends and family. If you would not mind, could you share about my book on social media today? I would really appreciate it. Happy Loving Day! https://www.the50proj.com Do you want to be notified about the project? https://bit.ly/3gnlPqw
The Fifty project Preorder will be going live in 2 weeks! “The advice that I would give to someone asking about a tough question to an in*******al couple is Before anything else ask yourself if your question comes from a place of positive intent. If, in fact, your questions come from a good place then reflect on when would be the correct time to ask and if this something you could google to educate yourself first. Before jumping into your questions make sure the person, couple, or family is comfortable and willing to have the conversation. Then...ask your questions, engage in the responses, and take the answer at face value. You must realize that if you asked a question it's because you aren't living that experience and want to know more about the experience. Meaning whatever the answer is it is the correct answer and isn't to be dismissed.”
I know it’s been a bizarre year for many of us, but I'm happy to be fully vaccinated, and I'm ready to put in some work creating images and films for my clients.
This past year has been a year of ups and downs. I've had clients have to move their weddings around to accommodate the coronavirus. I haven't photographed many weddings, but I have spent a lot of time reconnecting with my wife and kids, and I wouldn't trade that for the world. To my clients from 2020, I want you to know that your wedding in 2021 will be the best wedding I will ever photograph, and I can't wait to spend your day with you. See you soon.
Have you caught the Starting Over episode with Tyler Tindale on the Creative Comeback podcast? In this episode, we chat about what it is like to rebrand and start over after being in the photography industry for over ten years. It is such a great episode, and Tyler shares so much of his thought process behind his rebrand.
there is literally nothing these two won't play together or compete at. I absolutely love being their father.
Super Pumped to share another episode of The Creative Comeback Podcast formerly known as The Morning Tea Podcast. In this episode, I chat with Igor Demba about adjusting and pivoting as a creative during the global pandemic. How do you stay creative when you are stuck inside the four walls of your home? Listen now and find our how Igor pivoted in 2020. You can find my podcast on both iTunes and Spotify.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Episode 32: Adjusting During The Pandemic with Igor Demba is up on the The Creative Comeback Podcast