We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Kynard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I believe that there has been a lot of factors to my success overall, but I think the biggest factor has been the risk taking. Risk taking both financially and personally, financially because I have actually had to reach out to people (mainly social media influencers) to promote my brand. Most people do not do that for free and it costs quite a bit. Plus with the quarantine I do not have the same streams of income coming like I did before. I also have to trust that those influencers can et me the extra engagement that I need to boost my business. On the other side, the personal risk taking for me (because I am a photographer) comes from how I shoot and the creative projects I come up with. The last few months I have had to really go into my own creative space and try things that I never thought I would do. Also since I do not have access to the physical collaborative energy around pre-quarantine I feel that I must really rely on my own creativity and really dig deep within myself to find that true artists.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
So I have been a professional photographer for going on six years now. One thing I have noticed, based on what my clients tell me is that I am really fun to shoot with. When I have my photoshoots going on, it turns into a party, complete with commentary, great music and amazing photos. I also feel that I do a very good job of showing my clients how beautiful they are through the view of my lense. I’ll really make you feel like you are the most beautiful God made creation on Earth. Which is what you should feel when you are getting your pictures taken. It is not just a gig for me, I am really going to share your beauty with the world. One thing that I am most excited for is to release my new gallery(focusing mainly on boudoir). It is a new realm for me and I am really excited to explore it. I’ll also spending some time in Michigan as well working on some new content. Now getting here to this particular point was not easy at all. But at the same time it was, there was only one thing I needed to do, which was stay consistent. Consistent in learning, consistent in creating and consistent in communicating. I had to keep moving forward, accepting that not everyone would fall in love with my work. But if you understand the value of your work, and what I mean is you have to believe your work is valuable, that is how you get “success”. That is how you get others to see the value in the work. What I want to show everyone is that like my story, my brand is always evolving. That’s the best part, because as artists we are always criticized for not having what society calls common sense. But remember this, common sense is a collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. Innovators are people who do not feel chained down by existing concepts.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First off, we are heading back to my house to get some dinner with the fam and rest. After that, first we are going to Roscoes Chicken and Waffles followed by hanging out at the beach for most of the day. Periodically we will be at my home drinking and playing video games. At some point everyday we will be filming and taking pictures. We are also definitely at the Federal Bar in LA turning up. Gonna be at a couple dance sessions in the IE. Definitely hitting up Knotts and Six Flags. I would actively try to avoid going to Disney but if the homie wants to go I would do it. Also be visiting quite a few beaches, and I would probably be their wingman. Lastly, before they go I am throwing a house party, complete with a video game tournament, dancing segment, deep conversations and drinking.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give some recognition to Chris Pauly, Taylor Ray, Hesham Hamed, Hugo Garcia, Dan Borgia, my girl Cristina Cuevas, RPE Apparel, Kevin Afable, and Benjamin Siler. These folks, especially right now have been a huge source of encouragement for my artistic ventures.
1) Raiden 2) Myself 3) Annalice 4) July 5)Miguel and Jasmine 6) Maria 7) Cristina 8) Beatriz