Ryan Longnecker is an LA-based photographer, Creative Director, and Adobe Stock Premium Contributor known for his painterly travel and aerial photography. We spoke with Ryan about his career in photography, involvement with Adobe Stock, and in line with February’s Visual Trend, his fascination with drones.
AS: Can you tell about your background and how you got started in photography?
Ryan Longnecker: I grew up in the mountains, so I always had an appreciation for art and beauty. In high school joined an after school photography club and learned about the darkroom process, but to be honest, I never really took to it after that. I was more interested in the outdoors. I got my undergraduate degree in music. I picked up the camera again in my senior year, as the yearbook photographer.
AS: How did you go from a degree in music to a professional photographer?
RL: After graduation, my friend (another music grad) and I started a wedding photography business. A lot of our friends were getting married at that time, so it was a good fit for us. I did that for seven years, but decided that field of photography wasn’t what I was passionate about. After some reflection and listening to other creative colleagues suggest I pursue the things I was passionate about, I started focusing on landscape and travel photography.
Former clients who knew that I was switching gears to do landscape work gave me a few of my first assignments, but it was slow at first. 2016 was a year of learning, and now I’m more confident and excited to work with brands and companies who’s passions fit well with mine.