Chris Byrne is a nature and landscape photographer now based out of the Pacific Northwest where he resides with his wife and baby girl. As a child, he would spend countless hours exploring the woods behind his home in Virginia and draw inspiration for even bigger places from his father’s collection of National Geographic Magazines. After taking one photography class in college, Chris learned the basics of operating a film camera. A skill he wouldn’t use for long time while he stubbornly used his finance degree instead and worked in the stock market for the next 17 years. It wasn’t until a trip to Glacier National Park that rekindled his love of the outdoors and began an obsession to capture landscape photographs that share the beauty and diversity of our amazing planet. With a portfolio including grand landscapes, small intimate and abstract scenes, and even some wildlife, he strives to still bring that child-like wonder of seeing things for the first time and invoke that heart racing feeling in his images.
In 2015 Chris turned his passion into his profession and quit his corporate desk job to become a full-time photographer teaching workshops and selling fine art prints at juried art shows across the country. As an educator, his goal is to help students master the technical aspects to free their mind to create, experiment and see things a bit differently. He is currently leading workshops in the Pacific Northwest, Glacier National Park and Iceland. Most recently some of Chris’ aerial images of glacial rivers in Iceland received very high honors in both the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition and the Epson Pano Awards.