Today on The Aura, Philly based photogrpaher Tim Landis talks about where his career started, one of his favorite countries to explore, and an important ingredient to telling stories through pictures.
1- How did you get started with freelance photography?
It’s been an interesting path! I started off shooting portraits and weddings with my wife, Staci. Then, I really got into this app called Instagram, ever heard of it? My photography and Instagram allowed me the opportunities to travel the world and photograph a ton of landscapes and people across the globe and here in the US. Becoming a freelance photographer was nothing I was looking for, but opportunity after opportunity has catapulted me into what I love to do and that’s to take pictures for a living.
2- What is your ideal project to work on?
I really enjoy shooting lifestyle or editorial campaigns. I think they are fun and allow me to use my strengths. But I really enjoy other projects that force me out of my comfort zone and challenge me. Those are the projects that help you grow.
3- Photography has taken you all over the world. What was your favorite place to explore and why?
That’s a really tough question! I guess if i had to pick one, it would be Turkey. It’s such a diverse place as far landscape, and the people there have this overwhelming passion for life! i’ve also done things in Turkey that I might never have done if I was anywhere else. Like paragliding, hot air balloon rides, and swimming in the Aegean Sea. But maybe my favorite is yet to come?
4- Who are some of the clients you’ve worked with and what projects were you most drawn to?
I’ve worked with Mercedes, Ford, US Army, Google, and Turkish Airlines to name a few. I love the projects that understand who you are as a creative and photographer. The ones that allow you to see the goal of the project and work to meet that goal.
5- How would you describe your photographic style?
I really like to tell stories through my photographs. I know that’s a very common thought or goal these days, but I don’t think everyone can achieve that. That’s my goal every time. To create an image that is going to make the audience feel an emotion from it. So to narrow it down into a style I would say that I have a photojournalistic style or lifestyle. I love creating environmental portraits.