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Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Pena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ryan Pena. 

Hi Ryan, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My story starts in Jersey, where I was born. I don’t really remember much at all, although I get this weird warm fuzzy feeling every time I visit ironic. since it’s always cold up there, but I moved to Orlando Florida, shortly after growing up in meadow woods, a typical kid. Bad grades class clown. Never really was interested in education if I’m being honest, I don’t really remember what got me into photography at first, I guess I was always that weird friend who recorded and documented every moment and always loved sharing it you know? Just me and all my friends acting wild getting in trouble over time I just fell more and more in love with capturing those moments. 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Smooth, not so much. You know, growing up, it was constantly doing this, or you’ll be poor do this, or your future would suck. I didn’t have someone in my ear pushing me towards what I actually wanted to do. I was a slow learner and wasn’t as smart as the other kids. There were times I’d just stay up all night terrified that my life was going to suck because I didn’t do everything the way I was supposed to. Shortly after high school, I dropped out of college because it just didn’t feel right. I was chasing a random goal that I didn’t even see an end to. I just felt defeated because I couldn’t find an outlet to help me. I started suffering from depression anxiety felt like I wasn’t supposed to be here, that I wasn’t normal. 

Photography and film is how I overcame most of it crazy right? Being able to share the world from my perspective from a camera and seeing how they react to that is what keeps me going. I still have moments where I doubt myself, but sometimes I look back and see how far I’ve come, and it’s beautiful. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a freelance photographer as I like to call it. I don’t do much for business on the photography side of things, but I specialize in film photography, and it’s what I’m best known for. I’m in love with film, specifically 35mm. To me, it feels like I’m time traveling and showing off how cool the past was. I’m most known for taking an insane amount of photos in such a short period of time, no one really ever seems to notice when I take a lot of these pictures, and when they do notice, it’s just always so pure, I’m most proud of my photo book “Godspeed.” I just put out which was a follow-up to my first photo book I released back in 2021 I’m so proud of this project it just truly came from my heart and every photo has so much or little to no context, and it’s always up to the viewer to figure it out. I guess what sets me apart from others is photography just comes so pure to me I don’t have the greatest confidence in other areas of expertise, but I can tell you the world in my eyes is 100% unmatchable. 

How do you define success?
To me, success is a mindset you strive to reach. A lot of people see success as your typical making a lot of money and fame, but a lot of people make It to that and never feel happy with where they are. 

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