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Check Out Wil Bayne’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Wil Bayne.  

Hi Wil, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
It all started in high school I saved up a bunch of money and bought an iPod touch 4th Gen, the first one to have a camera. I was super unsatisfied with the different background images that came as stock options. To solve this problem, I started photographing everything I could trying to make it look cool or interesting with the hopes of creating a dope background. Eventually, one thing led to another and I enrolled in my high school class and started refining my skills while continuing to shoot and digital through college.

Photography has always been about experimentation to me, I am constantly exploring new ways to showcase a photograph’s chosen subject matter; for example, what is the most boring thing I could photograph and how might I make it interesting. It’s through experimentation and creative constraint I discovered a passion for photographing concerts, people, and the contemporary style.

I have been in and out of the music industry after founding a startup in the space a few years ago. Being involved in the space has provided incredible opportunities to photograph emerging musicians, superstars like Ice Cube, and Ozuna as well as work at incredible festivals such as Arizona’s Pot of Gold.

When it comes to people I’m fascinated by their personalities and love the challenges that come with trying to convey those personalities through an image. With time, my approach and style have evolved into one that lends itself to a more contemporary aesthetic influenced by a love for nostalgia. This is likely a result of my film background, today I shoot a Fujifilm XT-2 with vintage Canon glass in order to bring this visual style to life.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Creativity in itself is a challenge. When I first started it was easy to play and experiment however, as you start to learn the rules and become influenced by the work of other great artists it becomes more difficult to approach the creative process in a playful way. A creative approach to the creative process is imperative because it is where innovation and uniqueness are required to create outstanding work lives.

In order to combat this, it has been important to apply hyper restrictive constraints. Initially, this approach may sound counterintuitive. However, I have found it has forced me to be more creative by limiting options and requiring my brain to let go of the preconceived notions that influence my work when I have total creative freedom.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My brain is split between left and right and takes a creative yet analytical approach to life. As a result, my creative areas of practice are design and photography, both mediums that are technical in nature. With the design, my approach is more commercial. Photography on the other hand is hey tool which I use for existential exploration. Much of my work with regard to the atmosphere I try to create through it focuses on the solitude of the human experience. In turn, I think the contrast between my two creative worlds allows me to approach creation in a unique way.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
The top podcast includes The Lex Friedman and Jocko Podcast. both discuss topics I am interested in exploring through photography
The Joe Rogan Experience. This podcast often brings on highly successful creatives as a guest, tells their story, and inspire new approaches.

99PI. Fantastic for creative thinking

The Monk and the Riddle: by Randy Komisar
30 Lessons for Living by Karl Pillemer
The Business of Expertise by David C. Baker
Alchemy by Rory Sutherland
The Brand Gap by Marty Neumeier


  • 5 photos $275
  • 10 photos $750
  • Planned shoot 25 photos $1250
  • Planned shoot 50 photos $2500

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