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Meet Ryan Young of Ryan Young Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Young.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began shooting photos around the age of 14. My friends and I were big into skateboarding and we would make our own videos documenting our tricks and travels. As I got further involved with the camera, I began taking art history and photography courses at a community college.

I continued to be curious and wanted to take it further to an researched art schools. I landed on Art Center College of Design in Pasadena because of the small class size and the combination of technical and theory classes. I had no idea what I wanted to do with photography, so I thought of attending a school that would allow me to explore both, commercial and fine art worlds, would be the best approach.

During school, I developed an appreciation for storytelling and documentary work. After graduating, I headed to New York to meet with dream clients and shared my portfolio.

Slowly, but surely a few photo editors responded by giving me smaller jobs. As my work ethic and client list grew I ended up signing with an agency, which sort of set the foundation for my photos career.

Has it been a smooth road?
As a freelance artist, it’s never a smooth road. Staying busy and keeping a steady flow of work coming in is a constant struggle. There are so many talented artists out there. I always have to be doing the other stuff to stay relevant when things are slow- promos, personal projects, meetings, and emails.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Ryan Young Photography – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I’m a commercial and editorial photographer that focuses on portraiture and storytelling. I work on projects involving tech, sports, and culture. Earlier this year I shot Klay Thompson for the cover of SLAM magazine. I’m pretty proud of how that shoot turned out and simply being trusted by the editors at that publication to shoot it.

The thing that I feel sets me aside from others is my range in terms of stories I can work on. I’ve shot everything from loose reportage stories on music artists to industry stories on farms. I embrace the diversity in subject matter and it’s all shot in a way that feels cohesive.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love how much opportunity there is in Los Angeles. As a person in the creative field, if you want it you can go and get it.

The thing I like least about this city is the inefficiency of the public transportation system. It’s pretty difficult to live out here without a car.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 829 Sutter St
  • Website:
  • Phone: 707-567-0514
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @ryaneyoung

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