Bryan Gwynn – Impassioned

With his passion for photography originating in high school, Bryan shoots with the same enthusiasm and fresh perspective today, enabling him to create at his best. Check out his story and compelling images below.


Say hello to Bryan:

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Where are you from?  Where have you been?

Born and raised in the San Francisco, Bay Area.  I have traveled to Mexico, Italy, France, England, New York, Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Washington, and Canada.


What’s your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place in the world would have to be Proxy Falls in central Oregon. When I was there and surrounded by so much lush, nature, and waterfalls, it almost felt like I was in a dream!

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What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?

My bucket list would be to travel to Iceland and see the Northern Lights. I have dreamed about seeing it ever since grade school. My favorite photos are of a subject against the backdrop of an amazing landscape. I want to capture the Northern Lights with someone in the shot.


How would you describe your visual style?

My visual style is often dark with pops of color. I like to make the image darker to enhance the moody tone while using pops of color to still give the scene its color. 


How do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration through images I see on Instagram. I find myself seeing amazing places and that’s what drives me to get out and shoot.


Do you get photographer’s block? If so, how do you overcome that?

I do, sometimes. I don’t really like snapping photos if I’m not into taking pictures that day. I like to have full focus behind every photo I take.


Tell us about your career.  How did you get into it?

I am a graphic designer and photographer. I got into both of these arts in high school and the passion to create visuals never stopped. I find myself looking back at where I started and love seeing the progression I’ve made.


What types of photography do you do?

I do a lot of landscape photos; I also do street photography, product photography, and portraits. My favorite is landscape, because even if you shoot the same landscape everyday, the results are always different. I also like landscape photos, because when I look back at that shot, I feel like I’m there again!


What was the moment you decided to become a photographer?

When I found myself forgetting the time because I was enjoying it so much.


What is the strangest situation you’ve ever faced as a photographer?

One of the strangest was when I was taking photos in an abandoned warehouse, and one of my favorite street photographers climbed through the window.


What has been your biggest setback as a photographer?

Finding the time to take photos for myself; sometimes when I do too many projects for people, I lose focus on my personal work.


Of the photos you’ve taken – what are your three favorites?

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This is a photo of me with a smoke bomb in a train tunnel. I like this photo, because it was the first photo I ever sold, and it was to Adobe.

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This is a photo I took of light rays in Antelope Canyon in Arizona. I like this shot because it looks so magical.

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This is a photo I took of light trails on Lombard street in San Francisco. I really like the movement in the image and the colors

Photography is competitive.  How do you stand out?

It definitely is. I find myself just staying true to myself. I don’t let what other people do get in the way of my vision.


What’s the best advice you can think of for someone just starting in photography?

Just keep taking photos – the more you take, the more you learn how your eye likes to see things.


What is the best thing a model can do to make the most of a photoshoot?

Have a really good concept that the photographer and the model are excited about.


What was your most memorable photoshoot?

At an abandoned factory, because we had to hide from security!


What’s the funniest story you have from being a photographer?

Once, a friend and I were chasing sunset, and ended up getting a speeding ticket along the way.


If you could photograph anything in the world, what would it be? 

It would have to be Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland during a solar storm when the Northern Lights are very prominent.


Who do you want to give a shoutout to?

I’d like to give a shoutout to my friends and family for always supporting my photography from the start.


What’s your philosophy when it comes to being a great photographer?

Passion over everything – if there is passion, your photography will be the best it can be.


What’s a deal breaker for you when deciding to do a shoot?

If the weather is really bad. This really destroys how I feel about the shoot, but sometimes, it ends up being better than expected.


What do you think is the biggest thing holding you back in your photography?

Time to travel. If I had more free time, I’d travel the world!


How do you express yourself through your photography?

I like to edit in a way that shows how I felt during that photo. I often edit right when I get home no matter what time it is, because I want it to reflect how I felt at that exact time.


What’s the most inspiring photo you’ve ever seen?

I honestly can’t think of just one. I have seen way too many photos that have inspired me that I can’t just think of one.


What photography advice do you wish you had when you were first starting out?

I wish I had known about light and how it is bad to shoot in the middle of the day. I also wish I had known what shooting RAW was when I just started.


What are 3 tips you have for aspiring photographers?

  1. Get out as much as possible.
  2. Make mistakes, it only makes you better.
  3. Never compare your work to anyone else. There is always going to be someone’s work you see as better.

What’s one lighting tip you’d like to share with other photographers?

Use natural light to your benefit. I find my best shots are from sunrise or sunset.


What’s one post-processing tip you’d like to share with other photographers?

Don’t go too crazy in some of the editing. I find that some people go a little far in editing and that it sometimes messes with the quality of the image.


Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?

This photo was bought by Adobe through a photo contest. 6,000 people were runner-ups for the contest, and they chose mine. I find this to be special, because I use Adobe software for everything I edit, and for them to buy my photo, was really special.

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What is your most life-changing event?

The day I got my first camera. I still remember that day and how it really changed the way I see the world.


What has photography done for you as a person?  How has it changed you?

It really got me to stop and look. I find that people nowadays are so fast-paced that they never really sit back and enjoy what’s in front of them.


What’s one of your biggest fears?

My biggest fear is to let someone down. I try my hardest to do the best I can everyday.


What will you be doing five years from now?

I want to be a full-time photographer for some sort of brand I like.


For anyone who wants to get in touch with Bryan, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Instagram: @bgwynn

Flickr: Profile

Tumblr: Page

500px: Profile


Bryan, thanks for taking the time to interview with us! 🙂

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