Member Monday Featuring Brian Jarvis

It’s Monday so you know what that means…Time to meet a new member! This week we’re talking to Washington State-based photographer, Brian Jarvis.

From his early days as a self-taught artist to being featured in major publications, Brian has learned the importance of growth through failure.

Let’s get to chatting with Brian!

About the Photographer

  • Hometown: While I grew up in Santa Barbara California, I’ve lived in Washington State near Seattle, for 15 years now
  • Years in Photography: My journey into photography began in the late 80’s when I was a teen, starting out with an Olympus clamshell 35mm camera, and later with a Minolta 35mm SLR film camera. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I really started getting serious about my photography, so much so, that I’ve now had my work featured by Nikon, published in Outdoor Photographer and Photoshop User magazines. 
  • Years as a KO Member: 2 years.

About the Photo:

  • Title: Wonderland in Rushing Waters
  • Location: Tamawanas Falls, Oregon
  • Any additional description of the photograph: As if the snowy landscape wasn’t cold enough, I decided to borrow a pair of waders from a buddy and proceeded to wade out into the middle of the river to capture the composition that I had pictured in my mind.
  • Gear/Software Used: Nikon D850 Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8 lens with Lee Filter circular polarizer attached. The image was processed in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Describe your creative style in 3 words

True to life

Tell us about a time you struggled or failed with your photography, and how you overcame it?

Being completely self-taught in both film photography and digital photography, I had countless failures over the past couple of decades, far too many to list. But the one thing I always take away from every failure is that I have the opportunity to correct that failure. I have a saying that that has stuck with me for years, If you’re not failing, you’re doing something wrong, you’re not pushing the boundaries of your art far enough. We can’t learn without first failing.

What sparked your love of photography?

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a deep-rooted love of nature. Whether it be the harsh landscapes of the Mojave Desert where I used to go camping as a kid with my dad and sister, the beautiful beaches and mountains in Santa Barbara where I grew up, or the lush rain forests of the Pacific Northwest where I live today. Being out in nature has always been my happy place and there is no better way to capture that love than to photograph it and share it with the world. 

What’s your favorite class on KelbyOne and why?

First: This also happened to be the first class I watched on KelbyOne, is Moose’s “A Beginner’s Guide to Wildlife Photography”. There is so much very helpful information, little tips, and tricks to catch that perfect shot. I’ve personally put several of those tips use myself and it’s really improved my wildlife, and in particular, bird photography. You’re the man Moose!

Second: and how could you NOT love her classes, is Kaylee Greer’s “Adventures of Becoming a Dog Photographer: A Behind the Scenes Look at What it Takes to Get Amazing Portraits of Dogs”. Aside from the fact that I really love her style, her love of animals, dogs, in particular, is so pure and rare. You can see in her work, and in her classes, that she truly loves what she does and that it’s not “job” it’s her love and her passion. Her classes never fail to put a smile on my face.

Connect with Brian

Brian has a whole host of places where you can connect with him and his work. Check it out!

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Thank you for joining us for another Member Monday! If you haven’t yet, be sure to submit your photos for a chance to receive a Member Monday feature of your own.