In The Woods by Tyler Phenes in Lynchburg, Virginia

Virginia-based photographer, Tyler Phenes feed ranges from portrait to travel snaps and includes plenty of picturesque landscape photos! Check him out and follow the fun @typhen.

Name:Tyler Phenes

Place you live: Lynchburg, Virginia

Occupation: Photographer/Marketer

Preoccupation: Being in the woods

Place your Instagrams were taken? Blue Ridge Mountains and Lynchburg, Virginia

Can you sum up Lynchburg? Free, adventurous, and inspiring. Lynchburg is the home to a really close creative community that thrives in working together. For a lot of us, the mountains and landscapes are a huge inspiration that keep our work going strong.

What is a perfect day in Lynchburg? Wake up early for sunrise on the Blue Ridge Parkway, get breakfast at a local diner on the way back into town, go to work to edit photos, head out to connect with friends after work over pizza and a beer at Rivermont Pizza, then get to bed really early.

How long have you been using Instagram? About three years.

Do you shoot with your phone or other cameras or both? I shoot 95% of my Instagram photos with my iPhone and the other 5% with my 5D Mark ii.

What is your editing process? For the images I put up on Instagram, I play around with different VSCOcam filters to see what works best, then export and refine in Snapseed.

Has Instagram/phoneography affected how you shoot? It makes me more conscious of everything in the frame since mostly everything is in focus with iPhone photos. Considering the background before the foreground has been something I’ve practiced since getting into iPhone photography and has carried over into the work I create with my DSLR for clients.

Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? Everyone says this, but it’s true: “shoot every single day.”

Who are your three favorite Instagrammers? Michael O’Neal, Benjamin Heath, and Kevin Russ.

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Name:Tyler Phenes


Best place to eat:

Rivermont Pizza

Best place to drink:

Rivermont Pizza

Best outdoor activity:


Must do:

Go to Rivermont Pizza (yes, I love this place) and get the Paris Lennon. Thank me later.

Local tip:

Stay in the downtown area and find as much local food as you can. It’s all super good, but make it a priority to get some pizza.