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Check Out Darrin Tippens’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Darrin Tippens.

Hi Darrin, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I began photography just as a hobby about 30 years ago with simple point-and-shoot cameras just to keep memories of vacations and trips, and quickly realized that I loved taking pictures. I then started to acquire better cameras and enjoyed the process of figuring out how to shoot what I was seeing in a way that was pleasing on the print when I had the images developed.

Jump forward to about 2004 when I purchased my first DSLR camera and lenses. It was at that point that the obsession with learning how to capture images that told a story truly began. My camera was always with me and I shot everything that caught my eye. This was a period of real trial and error – mostly error! But I learned from the errors and started to hone my skills and began to form a style.

2012 was the year I began to do portraiture shooting senior portraits for family and did this for a few years and moved into wedding photography. In late 2017, I acquired an NYC-based client about shooting in NYC and was in New York 4-8 days a month for the next two and a half years shooting whatever they needed.

I was sent to Hawaii for 5 days on an assignment by my client and couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be doing photography, even part-time, for such a big client. But my passion is landscape and sports photography. I’ve been able to shoot quite a bit of college baseball and I love to be out in nature to capture how awesome and beautiful this planet is.

My recent trip to Colorado brought me to Red Rocks and I was completely blown away by how majestic the park is! Truly one of the highlights of my life! Fortunately, I have family and friends in the Denver area so I can get back a few times a year. I am so fortunate to have been able to see and visit the places I have because of photography.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It has been mostly an easy ride, mainly because I do not rely on photography as my sole source of income, so I don’t have to place that much pressure on myself. The struggles have been small, mostly time and equipment-related, but nothing major at all. Once I am able to retire, I will focus even more time on my photography business, but for now, I am content with shooting for the client base that I have built.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I would love to be able to make a career out of landscape & sports photography, but I really do enjoy portraiture quite a bit. Watching the face of a client light up, who I’ve done portraits of when they receive the final prints really is incredibly satisfying. Even though I have shots I’m incredibly proud of, it is much more satisfying to see ecstatic client who is proud of their portraits. THAT’S what I’m most proud of.

The thing that sets me apart from others is that I offer a service for a price that anyone can afford. I will work with a client to get the job done on a budget. I am a budget-minded consumer and I feel I need to pass that along to my clients. I am willing to travel ANYWHERE in the world to do a job for a client. I have an active passport and am ready to go with very little notice.

What’s next?
I’ve fallen in love with Colorado! Being that I have a connection to Denver, I have the ability to come to Denver and just explore with my camera. My full-time career is as a Paramedic and I have six more years until retirement. When I retire, I will be concentrating solely on photography full-time.

I am looking forward to more opportunities to photograph anything and everything! I have a support system that is so awesome and I couldn’t ask for more! I try not to plan too far ahead so, we’ll see what the future holds.

Contact info:

  • Instagram: @thedynamicimagephoto

Image Credits
The Dynamic Image Photography

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