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A cool shot from a recent portrait session

Posted in photography with tags , , , , , , on June 2, 2013 by Tim McGuire Images

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Portraits for Mad Andersons Acoustic Trio

Posted in photography with tags , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2013 by Tim McGuire Images

Some Portraiture I did for Mad Andersons Trio Website and CD

Mad Andersons Trio Website

Catherine and Nolan Anderson contacted me last Fall to shoot some portraits for their CD to be released in 2013 and their new website. Catherine is also an accomplished piano instructor and another portrait from the shoot was used on her website.

Here’s a preview of the forthcoming CD cover.

Mad Andersons CD Cover Art

HUMAN NATURE CONNECTIONS – Say Hello to Erin

Posted in photography with tags , , , , , , , on July 26, 2011 by Tim McGuire Images

Here is a the next installment in my HUMAN NATURE Connections project. Erin Walior saw my post on the West Seattle blog and responded that she would like to participate in my project. We made these portraits of her at Lincoln Park in West Seattle where Erin likes to walk, read, and enjoy the natural beauty of one of the gems of Seattle’s City Parks. Erin especially loves the area down by the water. Thanks Erin. It was a pleasure working with you.

HUMAN NATURE Connections - Erin Walior

I asked Erin if she would like to make a guest post on this blog. I figured she could tell her story better than I could. Her post is below along with some of the pictures we made and a link to Erin’s blog.

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I saw Tim’s request for models for his Human/Nature Connection project on the West Seattle Blog.  I thought “That sounds like fun, I should do that…” and then kept thinking I should do it without actually making any effort towards it.  I tend to do that a lot…I find new opportunities and experiences that sound fun and interesting, but never actually approach them.  Either I think I’m too fat, or that I’ll fail somehow, or that it’s just not “for me.”  I had to convince myself to email Tim and volunteer for his project.

I emailed Tim, and sent him a link to my blog.  I described myself as being overweight, because I wanted him to know exactly what I looked like and not be surprised or disappointed.  When he emailed me back, I was surprised. I actually thought maybe he didn’t look at my blog or realize that I was overweight, but he did.

After we had set up a time to meet and do the photos, I started to get very nervous, and I almost cancelled on him.  I still fight every day with 2 differing self-esteems – I love myself and who I am, and I am beautiful right now and I am fat and need to lose weight and unhappy with my appearance.  Asking someone to take my photo when I feel both of these emotions seemed almost crazy.

I convinced myself to go, even though I was extremely nervous.  I have a bad habit of assuming people will judge me negatively because I’m overweight.  Tim put me at ease right away, and it was actually a great experience.  We talked a lot about my blog, and I told Tim how my blog is about body acceptance, self love,  weight awareness, self hate, and all the things that go along with it.

I struggle every single day with who I am.  I struggle with liking myself, and it’s not all about the weight.  I struggle to accept that I might never lose weight, and so I need to learn to be happy with who I truly am, not just my appearance.  I struggle to make the right choices for my health, and to be okay with the fact that it is a hard battle to lose weight.  It’s all very conflicting and difficult, but it’s who I am. I mean, how do you say “I like who I am but I need to make changes and still like who I am?”  Really, it’s not all fun and “Woohoo!  Self discovery is AWESOME!!”  Trust me, I haven’t had that reaction yet. But…I’m slowly beginning to like myself a bit more each day.

I am so happy I did Tim’s project.  As I looked through the pictures, there were ones I really liked and ones that I was not so happy with.  But not once did I think “I would like this better if I was thinner” or “I wish my thighs were smaller in that picture” or anything like that.  The issues I had were with my expression or the way I was standing or some such nonsense, but nothing about my entire being.  That’s a new experience for me.  Even my blog pictures can provoke some self loathing, so I was quite surprised at my reaction.  I think it’s due to some great photography (thanks Tim!) and a growing self-acceptance.  – Erin Walior

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See Erins favorite shots here: http://rubenesquesmoothie.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/putting-myself-out-there-for-some-human-nature-connections/

HUMAN NATURE CONNECTIONS – This is “Just Sage”

Posted in Creative Process, Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2011 by Tim McGuire Images

This is Sage who responded to my initial “call out” for people to work with on my HUMAN NATURE CONNECTIONS project.  Sage wrote to me, “I am a avid stilt walker (both pegs & bio mechanical) and enjoy cross country stilting. I recently experienced a stilting adventure in Tillamook, Oregon where I stilted in, over, and around natures obstacles along the outer coastline on my bio mechanicals…the experience was very rewarding physically as well as spiritually”.

I thought the idea offered a very different  (kind of zany) slant on what most people would envision when reading my initial blog post.  I must admit this included myself. So after meeting Sage, who just happened to be living across the street from me, I decided to go with it and see what we could come up. I think we made some unique and interesting photographs showing one persons unique connection with nature.

We shot these photos on various trails in the Quinault rain forest near Lake Quinault in the southwest part of the Olympic peninsula in Washington state.

Thanks for sharing your nature connection with us, Sage!

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You can also see these on my Behance Network page too. Check it out.

Human Nature Connections – Sonya

Posted in Creative Process, Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2011 by Tim McGuire Images

Here is the first set of images from my Human Nature Connections project.  This is Sonya.  She connects with nature through hiking. She especially loves hiking the trails of Mt Rainier National Park in Washington State.

These photos were made in one day on Tiger Mountain East of Issaquah, Washington off I90  and the Little Si trail near Northbend, Washington.

Enjoy!

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Human / Nature Connections

Posted in Announcements, Creative Process, Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by Tim McGuire Images

I’m starting work on a new series of images of people connecting with nature and I’m looking for people who want to collaborate and work with me to create and capture these images. I’m looking for interesting and willing subjects.  Professional and aspiring models and talent are welcome. I’d also like to collaborate  with stylists, assistants, production pros, technical rigging / grip pros, and video camera operators. The point is to make a body of work to market to potential clients and through the process build a team of freelancers who could come together on later commissioned commercial shoots.

While I very much appreciate the variety, convenience, and creative energy of the city, nature has always been my “church”, so to speak. The moments in my life when I’ve felt the most “in the moment”,  spiritual, and/or  alive, have always happened while exploring the natural world.  These moments are at the core of who I am: such moments motivate and inspire me as a person and a visual artist.

Imagine this… hiking for a few hours on Kauai’s incredible, steep, and majestic Na Pali coast and then following a winding trail up a lush forested valley where tropical citrus smells fill the air. At the box-canyon end of that valley I relax floating on my back in a large pool of water below a giant gently flowing waterfall.  I look up at the falling water and the towering cliffs covered with green moss and tropical plants, a few puffy clouds float by on a blue sky far overhead. The day is hot and the mist of the waterfall sprays over me. The cool water of the pool supports me. I float and wave my hands under the water to slowly turn myself, still floating. This world spins above me. A perfect moment….

Those moments are why I get outside into the natural world. That is what inspires me and makes me feel alive and connected.  I imagine it is the same for many others.

Here’s another description of a more recent “perfect moment” I had while climbing a multi-pitch free climb in the central Washington Cascade range…

I’m alone on a steep cliff face, grunting and straining to reach that next hand jam to help move myself up the cliff wall. Nothing extraneous enters my mind. It’s just the rock and it’s every feature within my reach and my movement, my breath. I’m connected to my partner a hundred feet below by a thin rope, I can’t see him below the bulge in the rock face. I focus, I pull, I stand, I move up, I place protection, and again, up, again and again… and then suddenly I’m there. There is no more “up”. I’m at the top after a steep hike and several hours of climbing!  The world opens up, my focus widens, and I look around. I take in the amazing views surrounding me, the sun, the breeze, the clouds, the trees, the birds fly by. My body feels tired but strong. I take it all in and I realize my place.

Another perfect moment, a connection with something bigger.

As a photographer and videographer I want to create, capture, and tell the story of those moments, those moments that inspire us to keep on getting out there again and again. Your moments. How do you connect?

What are your perfect moments in nature? What do you do to “get out there”? Where is your favorite place?

I’m looking for people to collaborate with on this project. If you know of someone that might be into this or if YOU are into this, let me know. Let’s talk. Tell others who you think might be interested to contact me.  As I create these stories in images, videos, or multimedia I’ll be posting them here, so stay tuned.

Hikers, runners, climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, surfers, campers, artists, skiers, snowboarders, snowshoe’rs, rowers, jumpers, travelers, canyoneer’rs, explorers, scientists, sailors, boaters, swimmers, paddlers, off road cyclists, walkers, birders, hunters, fishers, divers, yoga people (yogi, yoginis), cavers, are all activities I would consider. And I’m sure I missed a few so don’t be shy.  Any age, any ethnicity, men women, children, alone, or with others.  I’m willing to travel to make these images and I’m dedicated to making them great images that capture and communicate those moments.

Tell me how you connect with the natural environment. Tell me about your perfect moment(s).  Models, actors, talent of all types, real people, hard core outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, hard men, hard women, and those who take a more relaxed approach (not so “hard” men and women)  are all welcome, as long as you have that passion for connecting with the natural world and want to collaborate with me to make some photographs that tell your story.

Tim McGuire

Office 206-438-3175 or Cell 206-390-3301

tim@timmcguireimages.com

Blurb Books

Posted in Creativity, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2011 by Tim McGuire Images

While I’m not a great book designer yet, I do find the tools and price point to create really nice looking books on Blurb to be a great outlet for my creativity.  I have a new book in process which I hope to finish up in the next two months.  These are the two I have done so far.  Check out some of the other amazing books on Blurb.  It’s cool!

My Portraits Portfolio

By Tim McGuire

…and a small gift book for my father to remember a camping and hiking trip we took in the North Cascades.

Three Days and Nig…
By Dick, Andy, and Ti…