Photography represents more than simply capturing candid moments but entails producing something of value. Based in the small-town of Greenville, TX Tyler Tyndell encapsulates what it means to inject value into the lives of others. Tyler shares what inspires him to produce images with purpose, his love for working with musicians and the journey that led him to picking up his first camera.
Heirloom: Do you have any morning rituals or things you do to get ready for a long day of editing or shooting?
Tyler: Being in a creative mindset doesn’t always come easy. Before a shoot or sitting down at the computer to edit I always aim to stay inspired. Centering myself with the ultimate goal of creating beautiful images requires focus. For me this means seeking out beautiful imagery that helps guide my vision for what I’m trying to create. On any given day, browsing through the VSCO curated grid, as well as my favorite instagram feeds always does the trick.
Heirloom: What’s one thing/event/person/place you’ve always wanted to shoot but have yet to do it?
Tyler: One area of photography that I would like to explore more is working with musicians and music artists. I’ve always been drawn to photographing creative people doing their creative work. There’s something inherently attractive about capturing the passion others have in their creative process. Music seems like the perfect environment to be around other artists whose art is their lifestyle.
Heirloom: What intrigues you most about photography?
Tyler: I think what intrigues me most about photography is the unlimited potential for a person with a camera to communicate a mood. Moreover, the potential for a photographer to create and execute a vision for an image that they have in mind. I’m often impressed when I see photographers execute a well thought out plan. Not to excuse candid moments and widely accessible landscapes, but the real magic of photography for me stems from purpose - The purposeful image, created purposefully.
Heirloom: Tell us about your journey into photography! Is there a story?
Tyler: Yes! I’m very grateful for the opportunity to tell the story of my journey into photography. I was a few months from graduating, and had never even used a camera. It wasn’t until I met the woman who would eventually become my wife that I ever even had the opportunity to use a camera. See her dad is a photographer, and when we started dating, I became intrigued with his passion for documenting his life and family. To be quite honest I was jealous of the images he created. I had a very natural appreciation for what he was doing. I wanted that ability too. With his encouragement, and access to all of his equipment, I began shooting around the house and one thing led to another. My family still laughs at images of the first real job I took photographing a family in the Texas bluebonnets. Not that there was anything wrong with the family; just my inexcusable knowledge of how to work with people and editing/processing images wasn’t there. As time passed, I started shooting weddings for a few friends and was able to afford my own camera. The rest of the story is summed up as an ongoing learning experience where each photo job leds to more learning and improved techniques. I’ve been fortunate to have a strong support system in my family and other talented photographers to guide me along the way.
Heirloom: How do you balance family life & work?
Tyler: Anyone who has ever worked at home understands the struggle to balance life attending to business while life is happening all around them. At one time, it seemed harmless to stay up all hours of the night plowing through images, just so I could move on to the next project. Now, as opposed to when I first started in photography, I’m more self aware of the feelings and attention that must be spent with my wife and kids. This means that there is no more eating dinner while I edit and my family sits together. Over the years, I’ve taught myself to be able to set work aside to give attention to the fleeting moments that are going on around me and not to ignore my own life while creating these memories for others. Of course there is give and take when it comes to the balance, for example, often times I will forgo working on projects in the afternoon hours while my kids are playing, and wait until they are asleep at night to get large chunks of work done.