Hi! I’m Kingston wedding photographer Tim Forbes and I’ve been taking pictures since I was 12. I remember borrowing Kodak how-to photography books from the library and thinking those 70’s hairdo’s were pretty darn funny.
But that didn’t scare me away from wanting to take pictures and even as a kid I always noticed patterns of light and colour (Legos, anybody?!?). I wanted to be a photographer and the thing I wanted MOST was an SLR camera. I just loved that feeling of waiting for a roll of film to be processed so I could see the pictures I’d captured.
I started my business as a full-time Kingston wedding photographer in 2006 and in 2008, wanting to improve my photographic self, I went to a life-changing workshop called the ‘Foundation Workshop’ where I learned how to compose my images cleanly, zero-in on emotion and then capture moments. It encouraged me to change everything about how I shoot and to embark on a journey of constant improvement – both personally and photographically. Though I’m never easy on myself, I LOVE what I do. It feels good to know what I was put on earth to do, and actually be doing it.
I live in the country north of Kingston, Ontario with my wife, son, cat (Kiwi) and dog (Wesley) and love it here (well, all the lawn mowing I’m not so keen on).
• How did you become a wedding photographer?
I shot a few friends’ wedding and really enjoyed looking for different viewpoints and unexpected moments. There was pressure, since things happened so quickly and there’s no chance for a re-do, but I enjoyed the pressure. It was a bit of an adrenaline rush to face the pressure, but come out of it with photos that I was happy with – and the friends were thrilled with the photos, so my wedding photography business grew from there.
• Top 5 favorite movies of all time.
Fight Club, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Babel, Beautiful Girls, The Apartment
• What did you want to be when you grew up?
An architect … I made my mom buy me stacks of graph paper pads. I thought the T-square was the coolest thing ever.
• Describe your ‘death-row’ meal (appetizer, entrée, dessert)?
Spring rolls with sweet chili sauce, red curry peanut chicken with coconut rice, hot apple crisp … iced coffee.
• What do you do in your spare time?
I’m a drummer in a rock band. I love to cook too – biiiig foodie!
• What music would you take to a desert island, if you could only choose one artist?
Tom Waits. Or Brian Eno … tough one …
• Who’s on your ‘must see’ list of musicians?
Tom Waits. He’d better go on tour soon!
• Describe your first part-time job.
Stocking shelves at a health food/book store. My favourite part was organizing and filing all the invoices and systematically rotating the stock (NERD!).
• If you could have a pint with any celebrity, who would it be?
Bono … kind of a cliché answer, but I’ve been the biggest U2 fan since I was 14. Jamie Oliver would also be an interesting guy to have a pint with.