Finn Beales: From Mountain Dweller to World-Class Photographer

Finn Beales: From Mountain Dweller to World-Class Photographer

Have you ever felt with limited in your creative field because of where you live? Finn Beales has done what most in his region only dream of: escaping that limitation and embracing the world around him to create his own path as a professional photographer. 

In an interview with Huffington Post, Finn went through what he thinks makes the diffrent between you and everyone else when it comes to representing yourself and your brand online. Using various platforms including social media and agency connections, he was able to build his portfolio and work with brands like Adidas, Johnnie Walker, St. Lucia Tourist Board and Red Bull. His story is incredible and inspiring in many ways. Primarily, at least in my opinion, breaking into the industry on Instagram where he says consistency and posting only what you believe is your best work will help you grow. 

I live on the side of a mountain in rural Wales where we cut our own wood for heating and the nearest town has a population of 1,500 people. Technology and the Internet has allowed me to work alongside some internationally talented artists/photographers, from a relatively remote corner of the world. I actually think my location helps, it's a point of difference, but developing a career as a photographer out here would have been near impossible before the Internet. I'm very grateful for it.

Below are some of Finn's photos from travels around the world for various brands. 

Photo by Finn Beales
Photo by Finn Beales
Photo by Finn Beales
Photo by Finn Beales
Photo by Finn Beales
Photo by Finn Beales
Photo by Finn Beales
Photo by Finn Beales
Photo by Finn Beales
Photo by Finn Beales
Photo by Finn Beales

Be sure to check out more of Finn's work on his website along with Instagram where he has amassed an incredible following in which he springboarded his career in just a few years. 

[via Huffington Post]

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7 Comments

jeff calbom's picture

Nice story. Great images. But what really ruins this site for me these days is the extremely poor proofreading/editing of content. "Excaping" "Ebracing" - really? It's two paragraphs & a quote for gosh sakes. Put just a bit of effort into reading before posting.

Zach Sutton's picture

We're having a server cache issue tonight where it's not always saving the changes we do during the proofreading and editing process. We're hoping we have it fixed, and apologize for the poor grammar that is popping up on a few of the articles. Shouldn't be happening for much longer.

Thanks

It annoys me as well, but I think "ruins" is a little hyperbolic.

Andrew Griswold's picture

Thanks for the comments Jeff. Will look to have the issue fixed and also be sure to proof read a couple more times myself before sending over to final post by the editors. Thanks

I think it's normal to feel bored, stuck, and limited by where we live. I can't imagine ever running out of things to take pictures of if I lived in the mountains of Wales. Other people can't see why I'm bored out of my mind in Florida.

Wales is now going on my places I want to travel list. The railroad picture looks like it's going to Hogwarts!

Christopher Elder's picture

Agreed. I'm in Miami and I'm also bored out of my mind. Florida for the most part is all the same. With mountains and having varying elevation, you can get all new perspectives on things. I have to trespass into buildings to get any views higher than 40 feet above sea level. I know there are many things I could do here, but it's all the same style. Ocean, beach, cityscapes, mangroves, flat land...maybe I'm just in a rut because I hate living here lol I just need to suck it up take more pictures even though it's not the environment I wish to be in.

Steven Gould's picture

Thank you for this article. It is a great reminder for me that I set my own limitations. The story I tell myself about what gear I don't have or that the right model or location isn't available is BS. Finn is a true artist and I need to remember that the only thing separating me from where I want to be, is the voice in my head that holds me back with excuses.
Hope I spelled all the words right...

Thanks again!