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Meet Timothy Hiatt of Timothy Hiatt Photography in Bridgeport

Today we’d like to introduce you to Timothy Hiatt.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I took photography classes in high school, then a couple more in college (back in the film days). However, I always just did it as a hobby while I pursued a few different career options.

Then, while I was working as a designer at a music magazine, my interest turned back to it as I began to do shoots for it, first concert shooting, then more portrait work.

After my tenure there ended, I decided to give it a go and make it my full-time career. Luckily, I had made enough contacts at the magazine to be able to start with a bit of an advantage, since I didn’t have to approach outlets with hat in hand, trying to convince them I was capable.

Since then, I’ve been able to expand into advertising, events, and just about any kind of style or feel needed, and to shoot for major outlets such as Rolling Stone, Netflix, MTV, and the likes.

I’ve also been lucky enough to hook up with syndication agencies in the U.S. and Europe.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Oh, it’s never a smooth road. The kind of business I’m in runs in cycles. There’s a lot going on in the summer, but there’s not a lot going on in the winter. I guess people just don’t do as much when it’s 5-below outside.

Plus, with the way photography has changed over the years, and with the availability of good quality gear for lower prices, people figure they can have their cousin with an iPhone shoot for them instead of hiring someone who knows what they’re doing, and how to make them or their product look the best.

So the challenges are there, but if you succeed without being challenged or pushed, you never appreciate what you’ve accomplished.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Timothy Hiatt Photography – what should we know?
I like to tell people that I’ll shoot anything for anyone that wants to write a check that will clear.

Except weddings. Just can’t seem to bring myself to do weddings.

I specialize in entertainment photography, be it portraits, red carpets, events, ad campaigns, what have you.

I think I’m most know for my concert photography, although I don’t do nearly as much of it as I used to. That’s what has opened the doors to other aspects of the business the most for me.

And I’m most proud of the fact that the people and organizations I shoot for and work with like what I do for them and like how I work with them. That’s really the key in this business – interaction. You can be the best photographer in the world, but if no one likes working with you, they’ll make it known and go with someone else.

I also like to think that I have a style of my own. I’m by no means saying that I’m the best out there, but I do try to have a look that’s representative of me and my own tastes.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Again, interaction and good relationships with the people you work for is everything.

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