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All images by Timothy Hiatt. Used with permission.

Photographer Timothy Hiatt is one of the most in-demand music photographers in the business right now. Not only is the man talented, but he has a lot of insight to share about shooting concerts and music. Tim is based in Chicago and has shot major acts like Katy Perry, Kiss, and Florence and the Machine, among many others. He started as an Art Director and eventually got into shooting from the pits.

We recently asked Tim for an interview about the music industry, and his humor is probably one of the reasons why he works so well with others.

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Everyone dreams of being a professional photographer at one point in their life or another, but that usually just consists of a myriad of visions of them rolling in money and shooting gigs. Unfortunately, being a photographer requires much more than just that these days.

Are you ready for them?

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All images by Mia CocoOne. Used with permission

“My name is Mia. I live in Czech republic and I’m not a professional photographer.” states Mia CocoOne when she began our interview with her. Mia, as she states, isn’t a professional photographer but is instead an artist. She goes about capturing scenes and puts effort into making the final results look the way that she envisioned in her mind. Her images sometimes tend to have a painterly look to them–which is explained by the fact that she grew up watching a painter do his job.

Mia’s work was discovered by us through EyeEm, which in our opinion is one of the lesser known hotbeds of good photography–at least to US audiences. Her story really starts to take shape after she had a child.

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There comes a point in the life of every photographer where they’re bound to say a single statement that either enthralls the uninitiated or makes the more knowledgeable roll their eyes. This statement is said in five short words: “I’m a natural light photographer.”

Now, this shouldn’t offend you at all. Some folks are genuinely natural light photographers because of the type of work that they do–and so they spend their hours quite literally chasing the light in order to make a living or to one day make it their sole source of income.

Again: they spend their hours quite literally chasing the light in order to make a living or to one day make it their sole source of income. These photographers spend lots and lots of time watching the weather forecasts and determining just the right spots and times to go out and take photos. There are hours of prep and lots of conceptualizing done to make the most of the small window of time.

And again in case it isn’t hitting you: we’re talking about pros and aspiring pros.

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Every photographer starts somewhere, and when it comes to becoming a full time professional and having folks pay for your creative services. Many get their start by creating a side business and more and more putting increasing amounts of effort into it until they can work off of it alone. It’s not at all simple and requires a focused and steady plan as well as commitment.

At the end of the day, you’re going to become a business owner–and that means that you’ve got a whole load of other responsibilities. So here is how you navigate them.

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Don’t ever pretend like something negative or crazy doesn’t happen in your life. No one has the perfect life no matter how positive of an image we all try to put forward as creatives. But every now and then, something awful happens to all of us that nearly ruins our day. For some of us it happens many times–over and over again. And for the most unlucky of us, it can happen consistently and we have no control.

But we, as creatives, have the gift of being able to express ourselves in ways that others can’t. We, as photographers, have the gift of being able to create a scene that illustrates the way that we feel in a way that someone else will see it and either sympathize with it or be completely captivated by it.

I’m going to repeat this again: we are creatives. We have a gift–and no photographer should ever forget this. Rather, we should embrace it in some of our darkest times. It will see you through to the end and the person you are will never change because of these rough times.

So how do you persevere through rough patches? It quite literally involves channelling the negative energy into creative energy. To do this, you need to find a way to illustrate how you feel and be imaginative about it. Again, it’s about expressing yourself. Sounds easier said than done, right? Well here is a check list to help you. In your mission to channel the negative energy, liken the answer to each of these questions to something else and then go ahead and create a scene:

– Who or what hurt you?

– Why are you hurt right now?

– How do you feel?

– What about your personality makes this hurt so much?

– What time during the day or night did this happen?

– If your life were a television show or a movie, how would the scene look right now?

Start with these questions and while answering them, try your hardest to focus on these and only these. Then create something. And the beautiful product you create that was fueled by the negative emotions will be the positive result.