PHOTOGRAPHER SPOTLIGHT | TYLER TYNDELL PHOTOGRAPHY

Date: October 17, 2016

tyndheadshotYour Preferred Name: Tyler

Your Business Name: Tyler Tyndell Photography

Your Website: www.tylertyndell.com

Where are you based out of? Greenville, Texas

Are you currently a part-time or full-time photographer?
What is part time anyways? I shoot weddings full-time, and edit at night and teach 7th grade English, Photography, and Yearbook

What is your predominant photographic specialization?
Weddings

What camera(s) do you currently shoot with?
Canon 5D Mk III and Canon 6D

How would you define your style?
My style has been heavily influenced by anything I’ve seen over the years that I though was visually pleasing. From instant film to Instagram, inspiration is everywhere. Separating the influences of my style would be like separating your entire life into its individual days. Cumulatively, my work shares a level of intimate portraiture with a documentary presence. Even posed images have an authentic feel to them achieved by working in a way that builds trust in the people I work with.

What motivated you to become a photographer?
I really enjoy sharing the story of my journey in photography. It all started in college, when I met the woman who would be my wife. Before meeting her, I had never even really used a camera and definitely didn’t own one. That all changed when I met my wife’s dad Troy. Spending time around her family, I watched as Troy used all of his different cameras to capture life around him. I became enthralled in how much care he took in capturing moments of life. I remember thinking to myself “I want to be excited about something like he is excited about the photos he takes.” My entire adolescence and adult life I had been trying my hand at other creative tasks but found I didn’t have a great voice to sing with or any musical inclination at all for that matter. I was writing prose and poetry for a time, but became frustrated with reading my own work, and soon lost inspiration as it became a burden instead of bringing me joy. So after some time of observing Troy, I asked one day if I could borrow a camera to try taking some photos I had imagined. He let me borrow his Canon 10D and I started taking still life photos of things around the house and pictures of fields. For the first time in my life I had discovered something creative that I was actually decent at. With Troy’s encouragement and teaching, I shot randomly at anything that interested me. I would share these images on Facebook, and after some time, I started to get people asking me to take their family photos – Eventually, some friends in college asked me to shoot their wedding. I remember getting sick with anxiety as I drove to the church that first time. Now 6 years later, I still hold on to that feeling of anxious excitement every time I travel to shoot a wedding.

That’s not the defining moment though. The defining moment was when I experienced the true magic and art of photography when I purchased a Polaroid 600 camera for .25 at a garage sale. At that exact time, I then discovered that The Impossible Project was manufacturing a revived instant film. I started shooting instant film and actually feel in love with photography at that point. That’s why instant film is such a cornerstone of how I see the importance of creating meaningful images. To this day I still shoot many formats of instant film for every couple I work with and have thousand of polaroids of my kids and family.

What is it that you try to convey with your work?
6 years ago I couldn’t have answered this question. It takes time to become consciously aware of why we make the creative decision we do when photographing. Now I would have to say, “Intimacy.” I think that anything creative is part of a journey. Bands music changes as the members mature. Look at any acclaimed painter and you can see defining shifts in their work as life moved them forward through various phases. The message in my photography has been no different. I really believe that photographers see themselves in their photographs and their approach to creating them.

How do you accomplish that?
As my work became predominantly wedding centered I began to project my own feelings about marriage into how I directed people. I am admittedly an emotional person. My heart is moved by the intimacy shared between people that are in love. I think I project my own feelings about intimacy and the connections between partners into my photos.

Have you had a photographer inspire your work, and if so, who and why?
Half way through my journey a little over 3 years ago, I came to learn about the work of Colorado based photographer, Jarrod Renaud. Through him, I learned of the influences of his work and began to for the first time really see the emotion in a style of photography that I wanted to emulate. The interesting thing about Jarrod’s unsuspecting influence on my work goes beyond the physical images that he creates. As I followed him on social media over the years I’ve grown to be influence more by who he is as a husband and father. Watching how he handles his business, and the attention that he gives to him family has been ultimately inspiring to me. I was lucky enough to get to take Jarrod’s 8×10 a few years ago when he was passing through Dallas.

What is your most memorable accomplishment so far in your photography career?
A few months ago, after delivering a wedding package to the clients, I got a text message one night. The bride, told me ” I didn’t cry at my own wedding, but I just cried for the last hour looking at our wedding photos. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It is everything we wanted and more!”

For me, no other accolade can beat that.

What is one thing you have learned during your career?
The mantra that I go back to time and time again, and something I stress to my photography students or any aspiring photographer who asks for advice is that “It just takes time.” You have to take a lot of bad photographs before you take consistently good ones. Learning and creativity are just like that. There are so many great photographers in the world. We all have to start somewhere. Learning what looks good and how to take creative control on those occasions just takes time. Never stop learning.

Which Photographer Supply Company products do you currently use?
About 2 years ago I went through a period where I knew I had to do something to refine the delivery of my wedding projects for the clients. I searched all over the internet seeing what other photographers were doing to package their weddings. I bet I tried wooden boxes from 6 different companies before discovering Photographer Supply Co. That discovery would have saved me a lot of heartache and money if I had made it sooner. I currently ship all of my weddings in PSCo Mahogany boxes that fix over 100 4×6 proofs and has plenty of room for the PSco. I also use the 4 and 8 Gb USBs for the digital files, and the wooden cubes for displaying the polaroids.

How have Photographer Supply Company products helped your business?
There was a defining shift in the quality of what I was delivering to clients when I started using these PSCo products. Now I have a quality of packaging and presentation that matches the quality and value of my photographs. People pay thousands of dollars for their wedding photos. It only makes sense that they deserve a substantial quality product to hold in their hands.