An Interview With Tyler Shields – A Modest Celebrity Photographer Who Oozes Talent.

January 6, 2011

Are you familiar with the name Tyler Shields? I have to admit I wasn’t either until a few days ago. Like often on the Internet, I got distracted from reading my email. I was on AOL and a picture grabbed my eye. It was of Danny Trejo the main character of the movie Machete looking kind of crazy with blood spattered on the wall behind him. The story wasn’t about the movie Machete, but rather a photographer who blew up big in 2010. His name is Tyler Shields and my guess is that he will be a household name at some point in 2011. I was lucky enough to get a Q&A session with him…and he was gracious enough to let me post some of his work on my blog. I figured I would make this first post of the year, both entertaining and inspirational.

Tyler Shields and Haley Bennett

[Here is a picture of Tyler Shields in a car with Haley Bennett.]

An Interview With Tyler Shields:

Rusty: Tyler…first of all, I dig your work. I think a link to a news story about you popped up on AOL News. This lead to watching one of your videos…and getting blown away. The video was set to Radiohead’s “All I Need”…which made it that much cooler. At that point, I knew it would a great idea to feature you on my site.

So I did some research online and found out you have no formal training. How the heck did you break into being a celebrity photographer?

Tyler: First of all thank you! Secondly, I got my start directing music videos then moved into photography. Then one day, actors just started asking me to shoot them and it was a snow ball effect from there!

Linday Lohan

Rusty: When reading a bit of your background online it kind of reminded me of “The Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”…not that you are nutty like Hunter S. Thompson. I just get this picture of you running around LA non-stop, staying up for days at a time, living and breathing your work…intermixed with the occasional party. How accurate is that picture?

Tyler: Hahaha. No drugs & no drinks for me…but the crazy is right there on par. This is certainly my life and everyday gets more and more crazy.


Rusty: I’m fascinated by people who are creative and push the edge. What I love about your stuff is I’m sure that it offends some people…and others are huge fans. What are some of the most interesting reactions that people have to your work?

Tyler: A girl I was dating showed her father a photo I did of her. His response was “that is degrading and disturbing”…but she loved the photo and I thought his comment was amazing.

Rusty: Who are some of the other creative people (artists, musicians, actors, etc.) that inspire you?

Tyler: I am big into music but I listen to songs on repeat hundreds of times in a day. As far as inspiration goes, I find it all in my life.

Rusty: Is video or photography your medium of choice?

Tyler: To me they are all one in the same. A shoot is a shoot or video…still we are creating something together.

Rusty: You seem to work with the big names in young Hollywood. Justin Long, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Lindsay Lohan, Gary Busey (not young…but cool as hell), etc. Any particularly interesting ones that stand out above the rest?

Tyler: I have had adventures with all of them: Gary was so fun, Lindsay is amazing and Kellan punched something until his hand began to bleed for me. There is certainly a story that goes along with everyone i shoot. Sometimes people hear about it. Most of the time they don’t!

Rusty: You have some great stuff in your portfolio. Rain Wilson’s character Dwight on The Office has made me laugh hundreds of times…loved that video on your site when he attacks you. Do you ever get star struck working with some of these guys you have seen numerous times on TV or in the movies?

Tyler: No I have never been that type of person. We are just 2 people who happen to be doing something random. Rain said he wanted to do something crazy…and I said “why don’t you beat me up”? Everyone laughed except for him. I kicked them out, then he beat me up. We will always have that story…connected through the chaos.

Rusty: Incredible choice of tunes in your videos. Have you ever thought of doing photo shoots with musicians?

Tyler: I have shot a few my Chemical Romance, Serj Tankian, Peaches and more…but its very different from actors. I suppose I will do more down the road.

Rusty: So tell me about your upcoming book “The Dirty Side of Glamour“.

Tyler: I have been working on it for years . I’m so excited for the day to come when I’m able to say “Here is the book”…because if people think they have seen my crazy photos they are in for a treat. I have been saving the best for the book!

Rusty: I will make sure and put a link to your book here as soon as it is released. Until then, what are some of the best ways for people to follow your work?

Tyler: My website and are the best ways.

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Rainn Wilson
Make sure and check out his site.

Tyler Shields

The videos above are outstanding and I know he has received a ton of great feedback on them.

He gives regular updates on his photo shoots over on Twitter as well.

Tyler Shields on Twitter

Tyler…thanks for again for letting me use some of your art on my site. I’m a big fan!


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[email protected] January 7, 2011 at 8:09 am


I think Tyler’s photography is so inspirational because he captures that psychological tension everyone has. That gap between what we have and what we want. In terms of fitness I see it all the time, lifestyle gaps like ‘I want to look younger and feel more vital but my body and my job are always working against me.’ As a photographer, Tyler captures it; we try to solve it with fitness tips that give people advantage.

Fitness Training Programs January 7, 2011 at 8:21 am

Just happened to see the movie machete’ over the holidays so this was right on time for me. I like how he didn’t have experience as a photographer but that didn’t stop him. Its all about perception and too many people think they have to be “trained” a certain way to do something they love so that ends up being a barrier for them. I say just do it! Kudos to you for doing an interview with Tyler. He has some great pics by the way.

Dave - Not Your Average Fitness Tips January 7, 2011 at 8:34 am

Great interview Rusty! Any idea how much work Tyler puts in “touching up” celebrity photos? I’d be curious if he’s able to bring out the best in his subjects during the photo shoot or after.

Anna @ Path to Fat Loss January 7, 2011 at 9:08 am

Amazing stuff! That video is really thought provoking and very creative. I respect photographers and their work. Catching certain images and/or moments in a still photograph is fascinating to me.

Thanks for featuring Tyler!


David Gowing - Advanced Health & Fitness January 7, 2011 at 9:28 am

Thanks for posting this interview Rusty.

I love the kind of creative dynamic Tyler talks about, when people get together and are completely open to ideas. It’s something unique each time, and the buzz you get from it is amazing! I miss that element of modelling and acting. Love to do again.

That photo of Ashley Greene jumped out at me. Very cool.

Alex Allmert - Hardcore Natural Bodybuilding Tips January 7, 2011 at 10:07 am

This is not related to fitness but I like it anyway.

I grew up beside a photographer and I know a pro when I see one, Tyler is definitely a pro.

-Alex Allmert

Adam-The Fitness Chronicle January 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

I really think photographers are very artistic. This guy definitely has the eye. I also like that he doesn’t get star struck. I’m sure that plays a big role in making sure he captures a great shot. Anyways, great post Rusty.

Tom - Your Fitness Quest January 7, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Cool interview. I’ve always admired people with artistic abilities who are creative like Tyler.

Eric Moss fitness blog January 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm

great interview. a little out of the ordinary but there is more to life then picking up heavy stuff and eating chicken and brown rice

Clement January 9, 2011 at 3:39 am

thanks for this interview, rusty.

It’s always nice to get an expert’s perspective on how to use design and creativity to create a powerful, beautiful image for your audience.

I’ve really learnt a lot from you, Tyler.

James January 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Hey Rusty!
I don’t mean to steal the topic of this awesome article, but I had a question about some dieting. I’m not very familiar with how to navigate blogs, but I have been an avid follower of yours for a long time, just never commented (just soaked it allll in!) If someone can point me in the right direction on how to ask so I don’t steal this post please let me know! Thanks in advance! (I feel stupid posting this…)

fotograf Asmussen January 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Great interview,
That guy ROCKs!

Ahmed January 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Looks like he takes a lot of great photos!

Jeremy - Self Health Atlas January 14, 2011 at 3:09 am

Hey Rusty, You should get Tyler to do a photo shoot of you! Though he probably wouldn’t want you to beat him up. Maybe he could photograph you destroying a whole bag of gummy cola bottles! That is something I’d like to see!

Alvin @ Six Pack Training January 31, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I first heard of this lad from his infamous photoshoot with Lindsay Lohan. He definitely pushes the button, but that’s a major part of the reason that his brand is gaining so much momentum. I read somewhere that this guy stayed awake for 968 hours straight last year. That doesn’t seem humanly possible.

Pat February 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Wow Tyler Shields is as brilliant as they get keep it up!

gode March 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm

great photos! thank you!

Broseph - size and strength gains May 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Awesome interview, the guy makes some great points and has some amazing pictures!

fotograf terp July 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Excellent interview! Thanks for sharing

Exercise On Abs November 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

Got to admit.. Tyler is very talented.. Amazing pictures!

how many weeks pregnant am i December 13, 2011 at 12:57 am

Really cool that you got this interview down. Tyler is really talented and has an amazing portfolio.

casas modulares May 10, 2012 at 8:27 am

Excellent interview! Thanks for sharing

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