Thank you for your interest. I’m an award-winning outdoor photographer and outdoor educator specializing in outdoor family portraits in Grand Marais, photography workshops, commercial work, fine art and magazine photography.

Get in touch by calling my cell: 218-370-8351.

I’d love to photograph your family or your commercial project or teach you more about photography. I’m happy to answer questions or give you more information, too. Email me at

Bryan Hansel sitting in whale's skull

Goofy picture of me sitting in the bone of a whale’s skull in Norway.

Elevator Pitch

Bryan is an award-winning professional landscape photographer and outdoor educator. He has over 25 years of photography experience with over 100 publication credits from publications such as National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Lake Superior Magazine, National Park Traveler, Ocean Paddler, Canoeroots, Adventure Kayak, Canoe and Kayak Magazine, Backpacker Magazine and many more. He started his popular photography workshop program in 2006. His programs take students to the best and often unknown locations in the northland and across the nation to many National Parks. He lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Long Bio

I first learned photography in high school. My teacher taught me how to print photos in the black and white darkroom and inspired a lifelong passion. 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.

Lake Superior in winter

It’s so beautiful here. I feel lucky to be a “Grand Marais photographer.”

After high school, I studied English and religion in college. I used photography to document my backpacking, climbing and paddling trips. Eventually, I settled down in Iowa City and started taking college-level photography courses which grew my love of photography.

When I moved to Grand Marais, I started a photography business 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 121Clicks’ list of the top 100 landscape photographers. My favorite award was winning the Canoe and Kayak Magazine’s People’s Choice.

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. I’m also drawn towards the Badlands and Black Hills where I lived for a spell. The east coast and the Smoky Mountains hold a dear place in my heart. I hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia in my mid-20s and it lures me back. I also love the western mountains as well where I’ve had many adventures that now serve as wonderful memories.

In addition to teaching and photography, I love sea kayaking and canoeing. I’m an American Canoe Association certified Level 4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor, and I’m trained as a Wilderness First Responder. I’m sponsored by Northstar Canoes. I also sit on the board of the Wilderness Classroom, a 501(c)3 that brings wilderness expeditions to over 3,200 teachers and 100,000 students around the globe.

Please, let me know if there’s anything that I can do for you.


Bryan Hansel, grand marais photographerMy 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 Outdoor Photographer, 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, Smoky Mountain Journal of Photography, AAA Living Magazine and more.

Contact Info

Bryan Hansel Photography
PO Box 149
Grand Marais, MN 55604-0149
Phone: (218) 370-8351


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