Today we’d like to introduce you to Tj McQuade.
Hi Tj, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
So yeah, when I was 17, I purchased my first Canon film camera. Figuring out how the camera works were pretty overwhelming. I started taking pictures using “Auto mode”. I had been taking so many pictures over the years only to realize the pictures were in my opinion, not good quality photos.
At that time, I decided to do some research on lenses’. Never taking a photography class, I eventually gave up on taking photos. Fast forward to 2013, I had purchased yet another camera, a Canon DSLR to be exact. At the time, I had done some research on using manual mode.
Scared was an understatement. I was sure how the pictures would come out. Luckily, during this time I could see the pics in real-time and make adjustments to those settings. I was frustrated and still not getting those “perfect portraits”. I kept pushing myself to learn.
Looking back at this time of frustration, I had overcome an obstacle that I feared. From doing photo sessions with clients and getting the results I had in my head, the pictures were coming out perfect. Just this year, Union Station in Kansas City saw one of my pictures and they posted it on their Facebook page.
I was so excited! The “Thank you’s” all go out to my clients who trusted me and allowed me to do their photos. It is all about the customer experience and going above and beyond to create those special memories.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Oh no… No smooth roads. Frustration in learning the “Manual Mode” setting on the camera.
I started following two twin sisters on Instagram who are from Wisconsin, and I had the pleasure of sitting in one of their workshops. One of the best experiences!
Now, I still have minor issues with Manual mode, but I am more comfortable now than ever before!
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I currently work for U.S. Bank Home-based and truly enjoy my job. Working from home gives me flexibility. I am proud of all of the accomplishments I have done thus far.
Looking back, man the “GROWTH!” When doing Photography, what really sets me apart is that each photographer has a different eye. I am funny, spontaneous, or sometimes just go with the flow.
I will always ask the client, “What are you wanting from this experience?” I like to get to know my clients during photography sessions.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Oh, man… there are so many I could list. But I would start with my mother Sharon.
Usually, she is the first one that sees the pictures before I post them on social media lol. Secondly would be my good friend Bryce. He is another photographer. Though he is younger than I, there are times I look to him to give me ideas and ask questions in regards to the camera if I am stumped.
Oh and Kelly Wright who is another photographer. I had many sessions out shooting together, and I have learned a lot from her as well. Thank you Kelly for always believing in me!
E-Squared Photography- they have been the best in providing detailed information about manual mode and if you have a min, you should check them out. They are very funny!
- Instagram: @tphotographyj
- Facebook: TJ Photography