Bryan is an award-winning professional landscape, portrait and commercial photographer who was named as one of the top 100 landscape photographers to follow. He has over 25 years of photography experience with publication credits ranging from National Geographic to Lake Superior Magazine. He has been teaching photography workshops since 2006. He lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota.
I first learned photography in high school. I had an inspirational teacher who taught me how to print photos in the black and white darkroom. The process of watching a photo appear on paper after dipped into chemicals captured my imagination, and I took every class my school offered. By the time I was a senior, my teacher had to create two new private study classes for me, and I designed my schedule so I could spend hours a day in the darkroom.After high school, I studied English and religion in college only to return to photography as a hobby after I graduated. I used photography to document my backpacking, climbing and paddling trips. Eventually, I settled down with a “real” job in Iowa City and started taking college-level photography courses which revitalized my love of photography.
When I moved to Grand Marais, I knew I wanted to earn a living from photography. So, I started my own photography business. I started as a real estate photographer, but moved into fine-art landscape, magazine photography, portraits and commercial work. Since then, I’ve won awards for my landscape work and have been included on a list of the top 100+ landscape photographers.
I also teach one-on-one photography lessons and photography workshops. I love teaching photography and hope that by teaching, I can instill the love of photography to my students the same way my high school teacher instilled it in me. I think photography is something that can be learned, and I believe that you can develop photographic talent. I also believe that photographic instruction is essential for getting the most out of photography. With instruction, you will gain confidence, learn to make more effective photos and shortcut the learning process.
I love photographing the Lake Superior shoreline near Grand Marais and the many lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. I feel lucky to live in an area with such great beauty, and I hope that my photos help you fall in love with the area, or if you already love it but can’t live here, I hope that my photography fills that longing to return. There’s something about this area that seems to lure people back. My second love is sea kayaking. I’m an American Canoe Association certified Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor, and I’m trained as a Wilderness First Responder. Please, let me know if there’s anything that I can do for you.
My work appears in national and regional magazines, newspapers, calendars, in both print and broadcast advertising, on numerous websites, in stores, in galleries, on billboards and on the walls of many homes. Publications include Ocean Paddler, Canoeroots, Adventure Kayak, Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, World Haiku Review, Frogpond, Sea Kayaker Magazine, Paddler, Paddling Magazine, North Star Port Magazine, Lake Superior Magazine, Minnesota Monthly, Wine Spectator, Superior Outdoors, Masik, Cook County Star and News Herald, Northern Wilds, Minnesota Public Radio, National Geographic, National Parks Traveler, BoatUS, Wilderness News and more.
Bryan Hansel Photography
PO Box 149
Grand Marais, MN 55604-0149
Phone: (218) 370-8351