Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Drew.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Always had a connection to music & photography thru my family. My uncle Rome produced & hung out with coolio in the 90’s and my mom ran a successful photography company and had connections to Dr. Dre & NWA. So I always grew up around both.
About two years ago, I was gifted my first camera and just started shooting. Soon after jobs started coming in. Birthday parties, podcast, YouTube edits, Ig edits, business promos and more. I eventually expanded the business to expand to include drone aerial photography and videography. Random facts: Spent eight years as a paramedic in an emergency ambulance in Inglewood/LA Spent four years as a community health promoter prov St. John’s hospital (Pre-covid) Music/Studio Engineer city of Santa Monica Artist in residence three years
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Man being a dark-skinned minority in the heart of Los Angeles is never easy. I’ve had most of the stereotypical troubles of the African American experience from lack of career growth and opportunity to profiling and harassment from LAPD. But tbh my moms raised me right you know, I have family and friends with gang ties, I’ve managed to stay away from all that including trouble with the law. I’ve always just made the best of the experience and focused my career on giving back thru my work as a paramedic, community health promoter, or teaching studio engineering w/ the youth. Photography has was a more of a passive hobby until covid hit then it kinda became a focus because my main jobs were put on halt due to covid.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I love candid portrait photography. I love capturing the emotion of a moment. The occasional planned poses are cool specially if I’m working with an experienced model. But outside of that, I really just enjoy capturing people in their vibe. In their own space. I like capturing people naturally doing the things they love doing. Even if the shoot is in a professional studio, I love the concept of the contrast of relaxed natural and candid shots. I just think those unplanned candid shots that turn out amazing are next level and tell so much more of a story. I’ve also been really getting into storytelling thru video editing. Been having a blast and adding drone footage to all my work. Really gives another perspective to everything. Honestly, what I think sets me apart is I hope to be creating my own unique style. I try not to peak over into other photographer’s lanes too much cuz I want to grow my style organically from my own creative vantage point. Like there’s so many photographers out there but it’s really so much more to it than just point and shoot. I’m still learning everyday myself.
Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I grew up watching Kobe Bean Bryant for most of my life man so I’m from the school of mamba mentality. I love having the ball in my hands when the game in on the line. Can’t win if you don’t play. I been taking risks all my life, lol. At 19, I quit my retail job, moved back home w/ my mom to study to become a paramedic. At 28, I walked away from my paramedic career to pursue independent contract musician & photography work, so I know a little about risk taking, lol.
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