TYLER RYE - INTERVIEW
Tyler Rye is a wedding photographer based in Southern Utah were he lives with his wife, his two children, and their dog Gus! If he is not taking pictures you can find him out riding his motorcycle or spending time with his family. He has been documenting weddings since 2011.
Tell us about you, and what you do in terms of photography.
I grew up in a family that loves the outdoors. We spent a lot of time together camping and hunting and enjoying our time in the mountains! So for me, shooting outside of the city is where I feel most at home and can create my best work. Over the last few years I have become known as a photographer willing to take couples to unique locations in the outdoors. I often have my couples hiking and exploring off the beaten path!
You live in St.George, Utah, a pretty incredible place. Part of what you do is to take people out to some pretty epic locations… What is your personal favourite place to go?
Yes, I do and we love it here. I have traveled all over the world and there are few places that offer what we have here in St George, Utah. I can drive 30 minutes from my house and find desert, forests, lakes, cliffs— pretty much anything you’d want except for the ocean! If I'm shooting here in southern Utah, my favorite place to go is Zion National Park. I know countless spots I can take my couples to and they all offer something different!
Tell us about the way you incorporate the landscape into your portrait work.
It's actually the opposite for me. While I'm shooting I'm thinking of ways I can incorporate my couples into the landscape! Whether it’s by using leading lines to point to the couple or framing them within layers of focal planes, I try my best to look for a stunning landscape and then figure out how I can bring the couple in to make the image complete.
Talk about the importance of developing your own personal style.
This is one of the most important things a photographer can do. We all know there are thousands of photographers out there, so creating your own look is crucial in today’s market. Coming into your style isn't easy and can take awhile to figure out; however, it is incredibly rewarding when you do. I can't express how exciting it is to get comments from people saying " I knew it was your work before I saw the tag" or " I can always tell when it’s a Tyler Rye image." Being different is a good thing, and I have found by sticking to my style, I book more of the clients who "get me" and trust my vision.
What do you love most about what you do?
That’s a tough one to answer. There are so many things I enjoy about my career: The freedom I have to go and come as I please. Being able to create images for people that they are proud of and want to share. Getting to see the world—it’s something I never thought I would be doing, but it's amazing to visit new places and document stories along the way.
What are 3 things you would tell someone just starting out in photography?
First- Shoot more. You won't get any better unless you are constantly shooting and trying new things.
Second- Mind your own business. What I mean by that is don't get hung up on comparing your work to other photographers. It won’t help you and will only hurt you. Just focus on you. Shoot what you like and makes you happy. In the end you will find that you are booking jobs that make you fulfilled and happy.
Third- It takes time. You won’t go from picking up a camera to shooting epic weddings with amazing clients. Be patient, work your butt off and keep shooting. I believe that no matter what field you choose to go into: If you work hard, you can be successful!
When you aren't shooting for work, what do you enjoy photographing?
Lately, it seems if I'm not shooting, I don't pick up my camera. That might sound bad but sometimes I just want to see things and enjoy them without having to take a picture. That said, I do need to work on taking more pictures of my kids because they are growing up so fast and I want to be able to remember them in each stage of their lives!
If you could have only one lens to shoot with, what would it be?
If I'm shooting on a digital camera it would be the Canon 50mm 1.2, hands down! That lens rarely leaves my camera and is by far my favorite and go-to lens!
If I'm shooting film, the Carl Zeiss 80mm is unbeatable!
Name one photographer you think we should check out?
That’s a pretty tough one. There are so many that I look up to that have inspired me over the years. BUT if I have to pick just one I would say Jacob of "Brumley & Wells". His work is constantly inspiring me and I'm always impressed by what he is doing.
Which living person do you most admire?
That’s not an easy question to answer. There are so many people in this world that I look up to and admire. If I have to pick just one I would say my Dad. We might not see eye to eye on everything, but I don't know anyone who has had a more impactful presence in my life. My dad has taught me what it means to work hard and stick to your beliefs. And, though he might not know it, he has shown me what it means to follow your dreams. I will forever be grateful for all he has done and continues to do for me.
Tyler Rye - Gear List
Canon 5DM4, Canon 5DM3 50mm 1.2, 70-200mm 2.8, 24mm 1.4, 45 Tilt Shift
Contax 645 80mm F2
Mavic Pro 2