We had the good fortune of connecting with Corey Lynch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corey, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is such a big part of living a fulfilling life in my opinion. I know I would not be where I am today without taking a few chances on opportunities I wasn’t 100% sure were right for me. While I still am not completely living my ideal life, I recall working my first internship and office job the summer of my sophomore year in college. I took it knowing most of what I would make that summer would be commission based. That was terrifying knowing I was studying abroad the following semester and that I REALLY needed to make enough to enjoy that experience. That was also extremely motivational for me and gave me an extra edge that many of my peers lacked. During that summer, there was one quote that has stuck with me ever since that went something along the lines of, “If you’re not uncomfortable in life, you’re doing something wrong and you are never going to grow into a better version of yourself.” From that day on, I have made it my mission to live uncomfortably. I discovered my passion for photography the following semester in London and returned to the states a completely different person. I took a cross country road trip after I graduated with three of the best guys I know and returned home for a month before taking a spot in a training program in Tampa, Florida which essentially guaranteed me a job after completion, but with no choice in where that would be. Lucky for me that spot ended up being Denver, Colorado. And from the moment I unpacked my bags here in Colorado I have never felt more alive. The point being, take risks in life and you will be rewarded.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well, I certainly have come a ways, but I still have a long road ahead of me. I’m proud first off of getting over the preconceived ideas of what people would think of me if I were to start actively pursuing photography. Once I let go of that, I felt so more alive. I didn’t care what people thought of me because I was being true to myself. While this is still more of a side gig, believing more and more in my photography and having other companies and brands believe in me has been super rewarding. I’m looking forward to this new year and seeing how much further I can push this passion and how many more people will trust in me to capture their visions. If there are any lessons I have learned along the way, the biggest one is to just keep doing what you love and keep putting yourself out there. The more you practice the better you will get and the more you put yourself out there, the better the chance you have of finding/building relationships. I want people to know how much work I put in. I think photographers and creatives in general do not get the credit they deserve. So much goes into the final product that most people don’t see and for that reason, so much of creatives work is unfairly undervalued. I absolutely love what I do and I hope that shows, so that businesses can see the value of where they are putting their trust and money.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I could get very detailed on this but I’ll keep it somewhat brief. Once they get off the plane in Denver, I’m taking them the AJ’s BBQ Pit near DU for the best BBQ around. Then we are capping the night off in RINO grabbing some beers at Epic Brewing, Odell’s, and 10 Barrel to name a few of the many breweries in the area. The next morning we are driving down to my favorite spot in Colorado, Telluride. Along the way we stop at Black Canyon of the Gunnison for sunset and grab a few burgers in Montrose. After a long drive we post up in Mountain Village. The next morning we hit the slopes for an epic day of skiing. We grab some Gnar Tacos for lunch and then hit Brown Dog Pizza for Dinner and Telluride Brewing for après. From there we make our way out to Utah where we explore Monument Valley, Goosenecks State Park, and Valley of Gods for golden hour. After camping out in among the towers of Valley of Gods, we make our way up to Moab and explore Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, and Arches. We make our way back to Colorado taking the scenic Byway 128 along the Colorado River. We stop at the Colorado National Monument for some of the most underrated views in Colorado. From there we take a dip back down to Aspen to peep Maroon Bells and Crystal Mill. On the other side of the mill we make it into the most charming mountain town of Crested Butte. After another day of incredible skiing, we head north to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Hopefully that fills up a week…
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents are an obvious answer, but they deserve it. They were incredibly supportive of my move down to Florida, after some extreme reservations from my mother, and for the move across the country. Their support has been unwavering in a way I never could have expected. Secondly, I have to thank instagram. Despite the struggles of trying to grow a following, the platform has helped me meet such an incredible community of photographers and some of my closest friends in my new home. And lastly, I have to thank Evan Browning for being the best mentor I could have asked for in my first couple months of shooting weddings. Not only did he help me grow into the niche of wedding photography, but also shared so many helpful techniques for photography in general when he could have just showed up to the weddings and given me the bare minimum. He continued to answer all my questions and help with my ideas on how to grow more on the business side of the field.