About

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I’m an editor, writer, and self-taught landscape/nature photographer based in Ontonagon, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Superior. Originally from Ontonagon, I grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but always considered the Upper Peninsula to be my home base. I spent my childhood summers on my grandparents’ 80-acre farm near Ontonagon and enjoyed plenty of fishing, hiking, and camping adventures throughout the Western Upper Peninsula and on Isle Royale. After graduating from Northern Michigan University, I worked in the newspaper business as a sportswriter and sports copy editor in downstate Michigan and then in suburban Chicago before moving back to the Upper Peninsula in 2011, when I took up photography. Eventually I turned my hobby into a part-time business. On December 24, 2015, I unveiled my website and Facebook page in the official launch of Bryan Byrnes Photography. My passion for photography is an extension of my longtime love of the outdoors. I’m an avid hiker and adventurer, and I’m at home in the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, especially among the majestic old-growth timber and transparent streams of the nearby Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.