There are hundreds of thousands of photographers out there right now. Many follow the basic lighting rules, bland same old poses and boring shots. Then you have the photographers who absolutely just blow you away. Wyn is one of them. After running across him on a pinterest page, I searched for more of his work and found his blog. After looking through it for quite some time, I decided to shoot him a message on Facebook in hopes to ask him a few questions.
He quickly got back to me and here is what he had to say.
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
"My name is Wyn Wiley. I’m 20 years old and hail from the cornfields of Lincoln, Nebraska. I take photos for incredible people who make my job really exciting. With my photography, there’s no method, no niche, and no process and that’s important to me. I don't want to do any one thing. I just want to have fun shooting rad stuff and meeting good people along the way. If that’s shooting a wedding, some portraits or some cat’s portraits- sweet, I’m game. Aside from photography, I’m a student at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln and study entrepreneurship and advertising. My favorite condiment is ranch dressing and I like the smell of sunscreen."
2. What got you started in photography?
"If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I love cats. One day my junior year of high school, I picked up my dad’s camera took some pictures of my cats. THEY ARE JUST SO COOL AND CUTE OK. Then I started photographing my neighbors and a few friends’ senior pictures and it’s grown ever since. I’m still sad I don’t shoot cats all the time. If your cat has a birthday, hire me- I’ll shoot the party."
3. What style do you mainly shoot?
"I’d say my style is creative portraiture. I shoot a mix of natural light and strobe work but find that I define and redefine my style with each shoot I do. I love a new challenge and a new adventure with photography- anything I can do to push by myself and my work to be the best it can be."
5. How long have you been shooting?
"A little more than 3 years."
6. Who is your biggest inspiration?
"My biggest inspirations are Jose Villa and Joel Serrato. And not only because of their incredible work but also for who they are as people. They are amazing role models for people in the gay community and have inspired me to wish for the best and to be a good person."
7. Where do you see yourself with photography in the next 5 years?
"It’s hard to say exactly where I’ll be because I’ve found that when I try to plan my life it turns out nothing like I thought it’d be. However, I can say that in the next few years I hope to be taking my camera on new adventures doing both commercial and portrait work, meeting new people, and smiling a lot."
Make sure to check out his Facebook page.