Tim Engle has been a part of Sacramento Fashion Week (SACFW) since 2009 when he hosted a photography workshop. In 2011 KVIE PBS selective him as one of California’s Master Photographers and since then, he has been the go to photographer for most of the campaign images for SACFW. This year his images can be seen through out the capital city, on digital billboards over the freeways and at both Arden Fair and Roseville Galleria Mall.
Q. You have developed a passion for photography in your early teens and have turned photography into a full time career successfully, can you tell us what steps did you take to achieve this accomplishment? And what advice would you give to other photographers who would like to turn photography into a full time career?
A. I just kept at it and practiced relentlessly. I grew up using film and learned printing in the darkroom. I think that learning film was a huge help with the transition to digital.
Advice? Don’t stop. Keep doing what you love and don’t be afraid to fail. You will have setbacks, but you’ll learn more from your failures than your success.
Q. In the field of the arts it is so important to be versatile I see that outside of photography you also direct short films, what has inspired you to choose this avenue? And how does your photography skills help you in directing?
A. I don’t spend much time with video now days, but I always treat video like a still image that moves. Directing my subjects in photography translates directly in the video.
Q. You have been apart of SACFW for awhile now. What keeps you involved with the production and what are you looking forward to this year?
A. I really enjoy the creative community that surrounds SACFW. I’ve made many friends in the industry and it is always a pleasure to see them do what they do.
Q. There are many photographers who are apart of this event as well, are there any that you know of? Have you worked with any of them in the past?
A. I’m familiar with many of them. We’re very lucky to have such talented photographers in Sacramento. Its a great community.
Q. There are 4 showcases this year and the production had two huge open castings at Arden Fair. I’m sure there are models participating that you have worked with. Who are you looking forward to seeing on the runway this year?
A. Yes I have worked with many of the models. Sacramento has produced some exceptional talent! Most notably, Christine Alward who was chosen as the Face of SACFW this year. She is a perfect selection. She’s very talented and has worked hard for several years with many of the top designers. Christine is also a talented photographer in her right, which gives her a very unique perspective of the modeling and fashion world. I always enjoy watching her work the runway. There are many new faces this year I’m also excited to see.
Q. Do you have any tips and advice to those who would like to take part in Sacramento’s Fashion Week next year?
A. Get involved early. It’s a big production and there are lots of ways to be involved.