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Meet All of LA Photography: Tim Sullens

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tim Sullens.

Tim, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been a photographer since photographers used film. I have a B.F.A. My work has appeared in a ton of newspapers both in LA and Chicago. I’ve been lucky to work with some of the biggest corporations in California. I grew up in Chicago although I consider myself a Los Angeles native now. I have a beautiful wife and two amazing daughters.

In my photography, I try to tell a story with one picture. Whether it’s a wedding, editorial shoot or just a simple portrait I try to condense the event or person into one frame.
In my personal work, I really love the “Weirdo” because they are the most amazing people. They have a “fuck you this is who I am” attitude that I love and respect. Maybe I’m jealous.

Has it been a smooth road?
Artistically I don’t feel any obstacles. Not because I’m so good but because I know it’s a process. The old cliche is true about it being a journey.
The biggest challenge in my life is trying to be a good Dad. Every time I think I’ve figured something out about parenting my kids grow into a new phase and I have to start all over again. It’s really an amazing thing to be a parent.

Tell us about your childhood, what were you like growing up?
I grew up just outside of Chicago and I was (am) an art geek. I tried to be a jock but I failed miserably. I loved anything that told a story. Books, theatre, movies etc.
I was big into the music programs in school. Band, Jazz, Choir, and Show choir. Plus, all the pretty girls were into those things.
In fact, I met my wife doing theatre in Chicago. All those artsy interests paid off.

Is there a specific memory from when you were younger that you really miss?
Being 9 and getting 2nd place in the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby. I was like 2nd place! What an achievement! It cracks me up.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
When I was younger I thought that there was no way I would shoot weddings. But now I’m older with a family of my own and I see how fast time moves and the big days in our lives are over so fast. So in the past few years, I’ve started to say yes to weddings and I really love it. It’s a story and a really important one. I’ll also continue with my other forms.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.timsullens.com
  • Phone: 818-486-6336
  • Email: tim@timsullens.com

 

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