Every week I talk to a new photographer on Instagram. They share their favorite locations, camera gear, and the best practices to have on Instagram. This week is Andrew Winn, a 18 year old freelance photographer based in Oklahoma.
What inspired you to start photography? Are there any specific photographers on Instagram that inspire you?
I was inspired by my brother Jordan (@winnlosedraw) shortly after he got a camera and started capturing amazing moments and places. Photography has become my creative outlet and a way to see the world in a different way. I am also inspired by @forrestmankins, @alexstrohl and @andrewtkearns. Their work ethic and just love for creating always pushes my passion as a photographer.
You photograph in the mountains a great amount, what is the hardest hike you have done?
I went on a hike to a lost lake in Colorado. It’s 7 miles, 1200 ft. elevation change starting at 10,000 ft. The “trail” is basically an old creek bed, so its full of rocks.
What your most favorite picture you have ever taken? Why?
My favorite picture is a shot of my truck over looking St. Mary’s lake in Glacier National park. It was my second day in Glacier and I was simply overwhelmed by the size and beauty of the area. The photo really just summed all my emotions into one photo.
You have been on a incredible 12,000 mile road trip, what is your most memorable experience of the trip as it comes to an end?
This is tough question. I’ve experienced so many things, that I really can’t narrow it down to one thing. I guess, for me, it was seeing all of the amazing places I went and then being in those places in person left me in awe almost every time.
What is your favorite location to take photos?
My favorite location I’ve shot is Glacier National Park. The terrain is unlike anything I had shot before. It’s also pretty easy to get away from the crowds there.
What camera gear do you shoot with?
I shoot with the Nikon D7100 with a Sigma ART 18-35 f.18. I also shoot a lot of 35mm Film and I own 3 film cameras.
What advice would you give to the starting photographer?
Don’t compare your work to other people. Also, gear doesn’t really matter. Learn to be patient and shoot good light. Surround yourself with better photographers and LEARN from them.
Lastly what advice would you give to the beginning photographer on Instagram trying to expose their work?
Using hashtags is a good way to get your work out to people that don’t follow you. Also, meeting up with people is a great way when they post about you.
To see more of Andrew's work go here!