We had the good fortune of connecting with Tim Caver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tim, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
I’d say the most important lesson I’ve learned on my photography journey is to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. It’s a lesson that I feel like I’m constantly relearning, no matter how many times I succeed at something that I almost psyched myself out of doing, I still go through the process of doubting myself or just being afraid of being uncomfortable. At this point in my life, I’m learning to take action even when I’m outside of my comfort zone. I’ve missed some amazing opportunities because I placed more value on being comfortable than on growth; so I’m trying to make sure I continue to expand my comfort zone so that I miss out on those opportunities less frequently.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I want the world to recognize me as someone who is manifesting his dream life and who’s enjoying every moment of the journey. Growing up, I was always interested in being creative but worried about surviving as a “starving artist”. I found myself feeling guilty about creating “for fun” because in the back of my mind, I assumed that creating wasn’t “real work”. Photography has given me the ability to have fun while I pay my bills; it’s also given me the confidence to proudly put my art into the world for the first time and not worry about how lucrative being an artist is. I’m still working on developing the business side of photography but in the meantime I’m fully enjoying process! One of the most difficult obstacles for me was being afraid to put my art and subsequently myself out there, especially as someone who struggles with anxiety; photography has pushed me farther out of my comfort zone than any other art medium for me and I’m eternally grateful for the community for welcoming me and my quirks with open arms.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m ashamed to admit that I’m a bit of a recluse when it comes to hanging out in the city when I’m not actually shooting. I’d say that the places that I’m most familiar with that are the most fun would be Little 5 Points, Ponce City Market and the Battery! A goal of mine for the next year is to definitely do more exploring with my wife and our dog, Luna! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shout out to my wife, Victoria. I can honestly say that much of my success, encouragement, and confidence come from having her in my corner. She’s as incredible as she is humble as she is gorgeous and I think that’s the best combination humanly possible.