A lot of people who submit pictures for Suffolk Living magazine’s bimonthly photography feature have only a few good photos. But when LC sophomore Tyler Stephens pitched his work, the editor had a different problem.
“In Tyler’s case, it was a matter of trying to winnow down the good shots to a few excellent ones,” said Suffolk Living Editor Res Spears. “He has a great eye for nature photography, and I expect we’ll be seeing more of his work in the future.”
Suffolk Living printed five of Tyler’s photographs in its “Behind the Lens” feature in October. The photos included shots from parks around Suffolk, Tyler’s hometown.
According to the short article, his interest in photography started through his work in LC’s Outdoor Leadership Program. “He has been able to take part in activities like caving and hiking, and he soon decided he wanted to be able to share those experiences with friends through photography,” the article says.
Since then, Tyler has developed a knack for using a camera. “It all started out with messing around with my cell phone just taking pictures when I started gaining interested in photography,” said Tyler. As his interest flourished, he upgraded to a Canon EOS Rebel T5.
His nature photographs connect well with his biology major and environmental studies minor. “I’m very big on conservation and capturing the moments of nature and animals,” he said.
Tyler keeps a prolific Instagram account at instagram.com/tylerstephens_photography with frequent updates showing scenes he finds on hikes. More than just photos, he also posts descriptions that range from thought provoking to funny. He also plans to take photos at LC’s Claytor Nature Study Center to showcase the beauty in the natural area.