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Meet Tatum Garvey of TatumtheDirector in Tempe

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tatum Garvey.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tatum. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Photography and videography have always been integrated into my life. I started taking photos at the young age of four, from taking pictures of a television remote to images of my friends creating a makeup masterpieces using sharpies. Both mediums I practiced fairly regularly growing up ever since I started creating some embarrassing youtube videos and managing my social media accounts. However, It was my junior year of high school where everything clicked for me. I heavily participated in my high school broadcast at Corona Del Sol, which leads to some fantastic opportunities to be involved in my school and the community. This ultimately allowed me the confidence and some knowledge (very little) to start freelance on my terms. It was a rocky road at first; trust me, no one is willing to higher someone new at video or photos, but with time I was able to create a reputation that allowed me to work with some amazing people and in unique places.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There’s never an easy path to any career, and especially not in this one. Starting young, I ran into many obstacles. I was bullied throughout most of my time in the education system due to the type of videos and photos I made. Through the challenges, I had to face it allowed me to understand how to deal with harsh criticism in order to be better for myself and the content I create. Through these difficulties it allowed me to understand and take in the ones I have to deal with now, from sexism and overall questioning of my abilities because of my age, I now know how to keep moving forward.

Please tell us about company.
Well, I am my own company! I go under the name TatumtheDirector; I specialize in making colorful and bright photographs and making lighthearted content. I do anything under the sun, from stop motion glitter animations to photos of models in a vintage 1960 Ford Truck. My goal is to make something that’s fun and showcase a new colorful perspective in a world that is so dark.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I wished I valued the importance of learning new skills sooner. For the longest time, I used a camera by simply pressing a button until later I realized there so many settings you can use to make a photograph yours. In the last couple of years, I have dedicated my time to learn more about the photo and video programs that years ago, I would have used a photo editing app. Now creating time in my everyday routine to learn has helped me tremendously.

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