When Sophie Timothy decided to join our Austockphoto community, we all did a little happy dance. Her wedding photography work is something special. Capturing unconventional moments, telling full and beautiful stories. We immediately knew that Sophie was just what we were looking for. Sophie kindly answered a few questions for us, so that we can get to know her a little better…
Where is home? Have you always lived there?
I live in Melbourne’s inner-north, specifically Preston, made famous by rocker Courtney Barnett’s single “Depreston” which was a big hit last year and describes the place perfectly. I haven’t always lived here. I grew up in Sydney, but moved to Melbourne when I was 25. I’ve always lived in the inner-north of Melbourne.
Which gives a better picture of Sophie, watching a game of sport with a beer in hand or pottering in the garden with a kettle on the boil?
I’ll say garden, although neither really quite fit as I’m not into sport and I’m a blackthumb!
You take beautiful wedding and portrait photography, do you venture outside those genres?
I take photos of everything, but make a living from wedding and portrait photography. Even when I’m within those genres though I like to take a more documentary approach, to catch fleeting moments and details others might miss. I’ve thought about doing a project where I photograph Asian supermarkets and the people who run them. I just think they’re so full of character (the people and the spaces), Maybe I’ll get around to that project this year.
What did you do before taking up photography as your profession? Has this past life influenced your photography?
I trained as a journalist when I left school because I wanted to be paid to write. I ended up falling into radio, as well as doing some work as a chaplain and then eventually worked as a writer. I think a love of storytelling is important in photography and think being a writer helps with that. Also as I mentioned above, taking a more documentary approach to photography I think comes more naturally to me than a posed/formal style because of my journalism.
What have you recently taken photos of, that tell a bit of Sophie’s local Australian story?
I recently went away for the long weekend to the Mornington Peninsula, which is this incredible place where you can find pine forests alongside national parkland, farmland, vineyards, lapping bays and rough beaches. I took my camera with me and experimented with shooting after sunset aided by the light of a kerosene lantern and the moon hitting the sea surface. It was fun.
What are your three best loved subjects, places, or objects to take photos of?
I am drawn to things of decay: mostly buildings, but people too. Old people are incredibly beautiful subjects. I also love going out into the country and capturing a slower pace of life – rusty, falling down buildings and rolling hills. Lastly I think I love capturing kids. Whenever I’m shooting a wedding I get stuck shooting one of two things: the little kids or the bride’s father looking at his daughter!
What do you shoot with?
I have a pair of Canon 6Ds and a bunch of Sigma prime lenses. I’m a big fan of their art series prime lenses and almost never take off my 35mm f/1.4.
Phone cameras – lots of fun or a crime to photography?
Brilliant fun. You can take some great photos on phones these days, plus there’s no point being a snob about memory making. What an amazing opportunity we have to document life. Having said that sometimes we just need to live in the moment.
How else do you like to spend your time, when you’re not taking photos?
You can generally find me on days off brunching at a cafe, or going for a day trip to the country or having a quiet one pottering around the house.
You can check out why we are thrilled to have Sophie as one of our founding photographers at www.sophietphotography.com.