What is your name and what do you do?
Tyrone E. Singletary II and I am a Photographer
Where are you from and how has being there affected your creativity?
I am originally from Philadelphia, but I didn’t get the itch for photography until I moved down to Virginia.
Explain what initially got you into shooting?
Growing up, my dad was an avid photographer so my interest started at a very early age, though I never really acted on it until I got to college. It was then, my freshman year back in 2000, I “borrowed” my sister’s digital camera (an old school HP Photosmart 320, that I still have to this day), and just began taking pictures of any and everything. Over the course of my time in college, I had made a name for myself of always having a camera and taking pictures at every event/function and all over campus. My initial motivation behind it all, was simply to make memories for others.
What things do you look at or watch for inspiration?
Honestly it depends, I draw inspiration from all over the place. One moment it can be me just daydreaming about something I want to capture, to music, to other photographers, to me just wanting to challenge myself.
What is a quote or motto that you live by?
Do What You Love and Love What You Do!
What camera setup do you currently use (camera, lens, other accessories, etc)?
I currently have a Canon 6D and 60D for my camera bodies; Canon 24-105 1:4 L IS, Canon 70-200mm 1:2.8 L IS II, Canon 10-22mm 1:3.5 on the lens side. Along with a Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite and a Flashpoint speedlite. In addition to all that, I also have a few antique 35mm film cameras I used often… a Canon AE-1 Program, Kodak Retinette 1A, Exakta Exa II, Exakta V. and a couple Polaroid cameras.
What do you specialize in or what do you enjoy shooting the most and why?
I specialize in Wedding, Event and Nature Photography. I enjoy shooting Weddings and Nature the most though. With weddings, they’re are just so much fun and so many opportunities and ways to be creative in what I am doing. I am in that position to make memories that last a lifetime for someone and that absolutely pushes me to do my best, which is why I love doing them. For nature, I mean, it doesn’t get any better than photographing what God has created. Nature is ever-changing so no two shots will ever be the same. That dynamic aspect, peace and the sheer beauty nature provides is why I love shooting nature.
Since we believe that music is the center around all things creative, what are your top 3 music albums, and what about those albums that gets you in a creative zone?
Man this is a tough one. I listen to music all day every day, to narrow it down to my top 3 albums is quite the task haha…. but here we go…… in no particular order.
1. Foreign Exchange – Connected
2. Tyler the Creator – Flowerboy
3. Ghostface Killah – Ironman
Who are some shooters that you follow and what do you admire about their work?
Dexter Cohen off jump, one of the handful of people that helped get me my start. His work is unmatched and it speaks for its self
Joshua Boone, my fellow frat brother. He has an uncanny skill at capturing raw emotion in his wedding photography.
Keith Cephus, trailblazer in the photography world, especially weddings. I draw a lot of inspiration from his work. Definitely one of the dopest out here.
Shane Redman of course, my partner in photography, business partner and family. His creativity and vision shows profoundly in his work, just gives you that WOW factor. Amazing composition skills. Definitely keeps me on my toes, especially when we’re working together.
What is one tangible piece of advice that you would give somebody who has just started shooting? (besides shooting more)
Never stop learning and never stop shooting. Trial and Error is one of the greatest teachers we have.
Random Question: What has been the craziest wedding that you have ever shot?
Luckily I haven’t had any weddings that I would label as crazy, well not crazy in a bad way. Have had some that were crazy in a good and fun way though. Recently did a small wedding, where there was no type of structure whatsoever, just completely unorthodox and that’s exactly how the couple getting married wanted it. There was no set itinerary or plan, just a whole lot of winging it. Which amazingly, made things go smoother from a photography standpoint because it made things more relaxed. When it comes to weddings, less stress is always best. So for them to have such a non-traditional type wedding, crazy as how it sounds, it worked out PERFECTLY.
What is next for you?
Well with the wedding photography business I started with Shane Redman in 2017 (RS Weddings, LLC), its all about growing our business to be bigger, better and expanding more. On the personal side, I want to just keep creating memories and growing in my skills as a photographer. Getting my work out there for more and more people to see and appreciate.
Where can people find you (social media info)?
Website: www.alchemist-photography.com & www.rsweddings.com