It’s been great to see an array of photographers contributing to the site. In today’s Creative Path post, I’d like to introduce Jeremy Lim, a Vancouver-based photographer (and multi-tasker) specializing in capturing big moments. You can track him down via his website, or on Facebook and Twitter.
1. How long have you been a photographer? How did you get started with it?
Photography’s a relatively new thing for me. The first time I picked up a camera was back in April 2008. I had a friend, Mikey Valdes, who spent every other day telling me about his photography adventures. After a few months of admiring his work, I caved, bought myself a used Canon 30D, and haven’t looked back since.
2. Is this your full time job? A career goal? A hobby?
Photography’s both a part-time job and a career goal. Right now, I spend most of my time with business functions, concerts, and commercial work. In the future, I’d like to specialize in large-scale, global events; I love capturing big moments.
3. If this is not your full time career, do you struggle to make time for this? Is there anything you do to ensure you make time?
All the time, but only because there’s always something to shoot. Back in November 2009, I started a daily photo project where I promised myself to take at least one photo, every single day. Truthfully, it’s been more of a chore than a joy, but it’s kept me shooting consistently – day in and day out – and my photography has jumped leaps and bounds because of it. Not every shot is portfolio material, but I make sure to get out and capture something meaningful, no matter what. Rain or shine, sick or well, stuck or inspired – it’s just got to happen.
4. If this is your full time job, how did you achieve this?
Lots of hand shaking and helping people. You’d be surprised how fast the world moves with a little kindness.
5. How do you deal with “naysayers”… you know, those voices/people who keep asking when the phase is going to pass? Or negative criticism about your work/creative endeavor?
Well, I’m blessed because I’ve never had anyone doubt me. Great friends. Great family. That said, we’re all our own worst critics and I’ve definitely lost my drive more than once. To keep my head straight, I think about what makes me happy in life, and for me, that’s making memories.
6. Is there something you have worked on that you are especially proud of? Or received accolades for?
I just finished my coverage of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Shooting 10-hour days for two weeks was a bit nuts, but the images captured, the people met, and the fact I survived make it one of my proudest and fondest memories. Similarly, my Olympic project, COLOURS 2010, also holds a big place in my heart. During the Vancouver 2010 and Singapore 2010 Olympics, I chased tourists in their national gear, asking them for photos. There were hundreds of awkward moments, but it made my Olympic experience; no one else in the world captured the images I did, and I’m incredibly proud of that.
7. What does creativity mean to you?
Telling a story. I don’t know any form of art or expression that doesn’t tell a story.
8. What advice would you give to others trying to follow a similar path?
When it comes to promoting yourself, choose a niche and stick to it. When you become the best at one thing, you become the go-to person for that type of project. If you are a jack of all trades, you’ll find yourself at a disadvantage against specialists. That said, don’t ever stop experimenting. For example, my roots began in club photography. I don’t do it anymore, but without it, I wouldn’t have developed the style I have today. Also, buy the best camera and lenses you can for the type of photography you want to specialize in. You might survive using a Canon Rebel XSi or a Nikon D80 in ideal settings, but when it comes to tough situations, pro-grade gear helps you get results you need.
All images are copyright Jeremy Lim 2010 and may no be reproduced or reused in any way, without permission from Jeremy.