Meet Tim Hale
What made you decide you wanted to become a photographer?
Growing up, my family never owned a camera. I bought one when I was 30, started playing around with it, and people really liked the pictures. I quickly became passionate about taking pictures and doors just started to open. The next thing I knew, I had an agent and I was shooting advertising and music work.
How did you take your interest in photography and turn it into a career?
It may sound cheesy, but I followed my passion and it took care of itself. After I had been shooting commercially for awhile, I read a little book called "The Alchemist" that really explained my journey.
What subjects most interest you and why?
I just love shooting people and capturing real moments.
Which of your projects best represents your personality and your work?
I just recently did a job for Truegreen in Texas. The art director was really cool, and even though we had really specific things we needed to shoot, we were really freeform in how we achieved the shots. I think that freedom really came through in the images, and we all had a great time doing it.
Balancing any kind of career with parenthood can be a challenge: how do you manage your work and the rest of your life, with children and family obligations?
I have the most beautiful, organized and hardworking wife ever. She is also my producer, and a miracle - I am surely the luckiest man alive.
How has becoming a parent influenced your photography?
It gives me a million new ideas every day. Our kids are so awesome and creative: I could never imagine half of the things they come up with. And believe me, I use it in my work.
Where are you from, how many children do you have?
I grew up on the west side of Los Angeles, and still do most of my shooting there. My wife and I were recently blessed with identical twin girls, who are nine months now, and we also have eight and ten-year-old girls. I am surrounded by ladies! We recently moved to Temecula, which is an amazing place to raise a family. We love it here and, most importantly, so do the kids.
What's the best way to contact you for photo work?
I can be contacted through my website, timhale.com.