Focus on a GRPPster – Interview Tim Toal

Tim Toal has been a GRPP member for 10+ years.  He has been an active board member in a “Special Projects” role. He is the owner of TJT Photo.

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Q: How did you know you were “successful”?

Tim: Every time I see a published piece with an image I captured in it. 

Q: Where do you want to be in 5 years? 

Tim: Alive and still shooting.

Q: How did you get into photography?

Tim: I could not become am engineer so the next thing that came real easy to me was photography.  I had some cool parents that let me go to RIT for photography not knowing what will happen.

Q: Do you have any formal education?

Tim: I attended RIT and received a Bachelor of fine art in photography.

Q: What has been your greatest achievement?

Tim: In 1992 I thru hiked the Application Trail from Georgia to Main.

Q: How do you stay fresh and creative?

Tim: By attending workshops, test shooting with models and looking at good magazines.

Q: What is the best piece of gear in your camera bag?

Tim: My experience.

Q: What do you wish you knew when you began? 

Tim: More about how to run a small business.

 Q: Three favorite non-photo hobbies?

Tim: Woodworking, Climbing, traveling with my wife.

Q: Best piece of software?

Tim: Lightroom.

Q: What is the best business tip you have been given?

Tim: You can always stop and come back to a negotiation.

You can see more of Tim’s work and read his blog at: http://www.tjtphoto.com/blog/

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