since we are always interested in new partners to enhance our team and who would like the opportunity of becoming a member of our permanent crew, we welcome photographer Tim Bear, based in Waco, Texas, who joined our team beginning of this year and is working on our fashion and beauty productions in Texas, United States. After preparing our special about Super Bowl 50, Tim also captured model Cara Marie Gritten for our cover of this month. Learn about Tim in our interview, that we did with him last week:
I am a 61 year old retired Military husband and father of 4 grown children and 4 grand-sons. I am originally from LA California but after I retired from the Navy I stayed in Waco Texas. I currently own two businesses, an Insurance agency and an upcoming Modeling agency Modelemi and magazine. Previously a Wedding photographer, and now a model photographer, my new passion is Fashion and Glamour photography. Currently Modelemi is a model management and mentor company where we help models get paid gigs, get published and or be represented with an agency. I really appreciate the opportunity you have given myself as well as my models .
Have you been involved in the arts in some form other than photography?
No, I have always been fascinated with photography in general even as a child.
Seeing your remarkable work, I am curious where your creativity comes from?
My daughter once asked why I shoot beautiful women all the time. My response was “God made women beautiful and I love showing the world how beautiful these models really are “
Could you share with us how you first became interested in photography?
As I said I have been playing with photographer off and on since I was a child. I didn’t go pro until about 15 years ago and didn’t start working with models until 2010
What equipment are you using now and with what did you get started? what is your favorite lens?
My “go to” camera is my Nikon D4 with backups Nikon D3x and D700
Can you tell us about your work flow from the point you first step onto the street until you showcase the developed picture?
I always use Natural light with either a gold, white or silver reflector. I seldom ever use a speed light or any other light source however, I have become found of the new ICE-LIGHT2 .
Do you see a particular influence, be it a photographer or school on your work? Any subject that attracts you?
I have become more and more attracted to Fashion photography and love shooting for Street Fashion Magazine. Steve Elinger (an agency photographer in Dallas) is one of my mentors .
What would you say characterizes your work in comparison to other photographers?
I would like to say I ‘HELP” more models then most photographers in Central Texas in that I truly do care and try and help these models to best of my ability
Among your works, which is your favorite and why?
My fav is actually working with your magazine, it pushes me to be more creative. I have 4 or 5 models that I consider my inspiration and one that I would call my MUSE
Tell us your funniest or most awkward photography story.
Probably would have to be when I was shooting a somewhat risqué shoot for another magazine on some steps downtown. When all of a sudden the doors opened and a preacher and his flock walk came out. We had no idea this was an active church and the side
What would you tell a newcomer who asks for your advice on how to start?
Always respect the model. If you are a new photag it is well worth the money to pay for an experience model and to solicit a seasoned phtoag to mentor you