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Behind the Lens: Tim Fleenor Edition

Introducing a new series: Behind the Lens — interviews with some of my favorite photographers.  My hopes with this series is to inspire and motivate myself and anybody who happens to also find this blog interesting (soooo, my mom.  Hey mom!).

When we were pregnant with Effy, I knew I wanted to have someone take professional-quality pictures of her after she was born.  We hadn’t lived in our area very long, and I didn’t have a “go-to” photographer.  I happened upon who has now become one of my most favorite people, Tim Fleenor.  Tim has seen us through multiple babies and multiple homes.  He laughs at our inappropriate jokes and frequently quotes The Three Amigos.  He’s ginormously tall and incredibly patient with my tiny people (and with me too).

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Sweet Hans & I

Enjoy this Behind the Lens: Tim Fleenor Edition

First of all, tell us a little about yourself. Who the heck are you? What up! I am Tim Fleenor, I am a full time Photographer based in the KC area. I have been married for 6 years and have 2 awesome dogs.

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How long have you been a shutterbug and what got you interested in photography? I have taken pictures as long as I can remember. I was in the photo club in High School and bought my first DSLR in College just as a hobby.

How would you describe your style as a photographer? My Style?? I hate this question. I like to describe styles based on region of the US. I would consider myself more of a West Coast style…more Northwest. I like shadows, and texture…I guess I would use the word edgy?

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What is your education background? Have you taken formal photography classes? Nada, just photo club in HS. I actually went to college for IT and hated it.

Your portfolio is pretty diverse, from kids and families, to weddings, to commercial work as well. Do you have a favorite subject to photograph? Why is it your favorite?  Most photographers hate weddings because of the stress, but they are my favorite. There is usually no happier time for someone than on their wedding day. Taking photos of pretty people in love is awesome. I also love commercial work, mostly because that is when I get to do fun stuff and be a little artistic.

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What is your biggest source of inspiration? How do you find inspiration if you’re in a creative rut?  I love looking at other artist and photographers work. Just looking at what they do pushes me to try different things.

What is your favorite lens in your camera bag and what do you love about it?  I actually hate to say this, but my favorite is probably my 24-70 2.8. Most photographers think of this lens as a cheat lens, but that’s why I love it. It kind of works for everything. It’s on my body most of the time.

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Vintage Effy <3

I’m trying to educate myself on different lens types. Why do you say that many photographers consider the 24-70 2.8 a “cheat” lens? Because it’s so versatile, you really don’t need to think outside the box. Using a fixed lens like a 24, or 35 or 50mm will make you think of different ways to shoot different shots. You could do the same with a 24-70, but its just easier to give in to the easier shot.

What is your favorite photography accessory, besides your camera/lenses?  This year I have really been playing around with off camera lighting. I have a simple studio setup with 1 alien bee 800 and a beauty dish. I love to play around with that.

[Note from Michelle: Oh yeah, beauty dish.  I totally know what that is.  {Please note internet sarcasm}.  Oh....THIS is a beauty dish.  Seems straight forward enough!]

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Do you plan on buying any new equipment in the near future, and if so, what have you been eying? YES! I have 2 lenses that I am going to try to purchase this year.  A Nikon 70-200 2.8 and a Nikon 35 1.4.

What piece of advice would you give to a novice photographer, hoping to improve their camera skillz?  Just keep at it. I have been doing it full time for 3 years and I still feel like I am learning stuff everyday! Also, get in a group of photographers. There is no better way to learn than being around people who have been doing it for years. Practice, Practice, PRACTICE!!!

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Thank you, Tim!

To keep up with Tim, check out his website, like him on Facebook, or follow him on Instagram (@timfleenorphoto)!

If you or someone you know is interested in being featured on the Behind the Lens series, please email me at lovablelens@gmail.com.

Michelle

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