About the Photoblog

The photographic journey began rather inauspiciously in 2003, when I purchased a digital camera for my wife, Bridget.  Before long, the “gift” was forever tied to my hands, amazed at the means of instantaneous and permanent expression this newfound tool could provide.

In short order, the model for my obsession became the quirky and beloved McGee, the mixed breed Border Collie who exhibited a myriad of playful expressions and who, just as obsessively, never tired of the lens, water, or her playtime.

When we moved back home from San Antonio to Chicago, I began to view familiar surroundings in a new light, albeit surroundings that had not been seen in fifteen years.  Suddenly, I was understanding the beauty of the prairie, the regal character of old and forgotten barns, the energy of the city.   It was as if I had never visited the Midwest before, even though I was assuredly born and raised there.

That is when my discovery of photography truly began.

Path of Light

Through these photos, I hope to share a slice of the beauty of life — of all life — be it rural, urban, natural, animal, or otherwise.  Sadly, McGee is no longer around to partake in our earthly adventures, but her spirit and inspiration live on.  And I still owe Bridget a camera.

Thanks for coming along on the photographic journey.

Brian Gaynor


304 thoughts on “About the Photoblog

  1. Brian, your photography has a very quiet beauty about it…obviously the result of a masterful eye for composition. I will enjoy returning to see further additions.

      • You’re welcome, and that’s a good thing about beauty, but as far as learning curves go, I think you’re already doing quite well.

  2. Hi Brian,
    I just spent some time going through your blog. You are incredibly talented and I love your work! 🙂 I added you to my google reader so I can follow your amazing pictures!

    Thanks for following my blog as well!

  3. Hello Brian –

    I saw that you stopped-by my blog today and let me know you were there. I’m so glad you did…you have a beautiful site…incredible photography. I shall be following. 🙂


  4. I came here because Fr. Matthew Green reblogged your snow photo. I love following photo blogs. I am an amateur photographer, having taken only a handful of photography classes, but loving every minute of them. I wish I had more time to practice. My writing takes precedence.

  5. Hi Brian

    Well, February got off to a great start – the wonderful Kofegeek nominated me to receive the Liebster Blog Award. And now I want to nominate you for it too.

    The Liebster Award is given to up-and-coming bloggers who currently have fewer than 200 followers (apologies if your blog has loads more followers – I don’t know how to check). The recipient is supposed to nominate five other bloggers in return. Liebster in Germany means ‘dearest’ or ‘beloved’ – so a lovely warm thing to pass on in the cold winter months.

    Here’s a link explaining a little more about it: http://thefutureispapiermache.wordpress.com/liebster-blog/

    Don’t feel under any obligation to take part if you don’t want to.

    All the best,

  6. First of all, thank you for following my blog. Just wondered around yours and I must say… I’m a fan. Your style of photography doesn’t just capture images and light but emotes emotion. Great pictures.

  7. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. You have a fabulous blog, I love your photographs. I especially like the red barn. I *love* the image you have in your header!

  8. Brian, thank you very much for following my new blog The Dappled Path.. I have been following you from my last blog Beauty in Everything. Your photographs are inspiring, and I look forward to receiving your new posts in my email every day..


  9. Just wanted to say two things -firstly thank you
    For liking one of my posts-I am a complete novice in this area and am delighted that someone takes the time to look at my attempts
    Secondly-I absolutely LOVE your photographs , they are amazing, love the humour in some of them like ‘ crushing the party’-brilliant!
    Thank you and kind regards,

    • Dasa, thank you for the comment, and I am appreciative that you can see the humor in a couple of the images. Your natural portraits are wonderful and I look forward to following your work. Thank you so much.

  10. I’ve just spent some time going through your gallery and previous posts and I see some very, very impressive work. You have talent and a great eye. I’ll be back.

  11. your photos are wonderful and I look forward to following you and seeing more. Thanks for stopping by and following I hope I can produce something half as amazing as you!

  12. Hi Brian,

    Just to say I have nominated you for The Kreativ Blogger award. Please do not feel pressure to accept but you are very deserving of this accolade! I love your photographs, you are very talented! Thanks for all your nice comments on my blog too! You can find details here:



    Tan 🙂

  13. What a treat to have such an extraordinary photographer/artist stop by my blog! Thank you for the like! I love your prairie and barn scenes, and what a splendid capture of that goldfinch! I’ll be back. 🙂 Happy spring to you!

  14. Hi Brian, I found your site and I love your photos. I have always loved pictures, even polaroids and disposable cameras! But, when digital cameras arrived, I was thrilled. I am following your blog now and can’t wait to see more. Take care.

  15. Thank you for the “Likes” on my blog. You have an awesome blog! I look forward to seeing more of your work.

  16. Brian, I wanted to stop by and tell you how much I’m enjoying your photographs! Composition and execution are spot-on all the time. Thanks for sharing your view of the world.

  17. Brian: Just spent a good part of my morning looking through your photography web site – I’m kinda choked up! I’m moved not just by the awesome pictures, but your poetic interpretations as well. Peppered in are a few with the “Brian-humor” we know & love. I’m bookmarking the site for frequent visits! I “LIKE!”

    • Hi Janet, great to hear from you. Thanks so much for the visit and lovely comment. Photography is a great means of expression and resource for sharing memories, and I am thrilled that you enjoy the site. Thanks again, cuz’!

  18. Brian, thanks for liking one of my photos, which brought be to your blog. Your images are spectacular and reveal just how beautiful our world truly is…..when we take the time to “see” it’s beauty (and appreciate it). I look forward to being a regular follower. — Rob

  19. Brian, I am very grateful for the “follow”. Very honored. Your blog is wonderful and you have an amazing eye for a beauty. I’ll be a happy follower also. Keep in touch. Yelena

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  21. Hello Brian, just wanted to say thank you for stopping by and liking my blog. I love your photography – it’s so rich and vibrant, the detailing is fantastic; I’m looking forward to seeing more.
    All the best, Liz

  22. Thanks for your follow. Living in the Midwest I can relate to your beautiful shots. I am almost 2 years into my dslr and am finding it a growing passion. Now if I could only learn Photoshop!

  23. See my most recent post on atasteofmorning.com Because I enjoy your blog so much, I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and the One Lovely Blog Award.

  24. Hey! Thanks for the like on my page, I am just getting things really started. Do you have any tips, I see that a lot of people follow your blog and anything helps! Also I really like your Red Bubble, But I have never heard of it. Would you tell me more about that too? Sorry if I am asking for a lot, I’m just eager. 🙂

    • Thanks, Angie. The primary tip I would have is to keep creating and producing work you love with an eye towards continual experimentation and learning. Redbubble is a great community to showcase your work, meet like-minded people, and perhaps make a sale or two. Finally, there are so many talented artists, writers, and photographers on WordPress and Redbubble, I would advise to frequently check out the hard work of others and to “share the love” from time to time.

  25. Thank you for following my blog. I love your photos and would like to follow your blog too, but do not see a Follow or email sign up button?

  26. Brian, I’m not usually one to do these Award things, but there are some blog sites like yours I enjoy so much, I wanted to recognize them as others have recognized me. I know you’ve been recognized with awards, but I’m recognizing you again on my blog with the Reader Appreciation Award. Your site is definitely one of my favorites. You can view the award at http://rcnormanphoto.com/2012/06/07/thanks-for-blogger-awards. No need to follow the silly rules — it’s the recognition that’s important. — Rob

  27. Love your photos! You have awards Brian Gaynor Photography, should you choose to accept them. Please see my most recent blog post.

  28. Beautiful photos!!! Thanks for stopping by our blog and liking the post “Another look at Parisians”. It’s much appreciated and a great encouragement for us. Cheers, BollyChees in Paris.

  29. Hi, Thank you for stopping by my corner of the web and following my blog! I really enjoyed exploring your site and look forward to seeing more posts in the future.

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  31. Thank you for liking my blog post ‘journey’. Your Collie McGee looks beautiful. I understand your loss as I lost my lovely loyal friend, Blue Merle collie, Murphy, who now in spirit keeps my ‘girls’ in check on our walks where I often stop to write or take a photo.
    Your photography is amazing!

  32. Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

  33. My interest in photography began exactly the same way, with the purchase of a super-zoom point and shoot for my wife about 2 years ago. The tech originally peaked my interest but seeing life through the viewfinder really opened a new world to me. Thanks for stopping by, my blog is young so keep an eye out for new stuff.

  34. I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. You’ve embarked on a fascinating journey. I’ll be back. Glad you like “In search of unusual destinations”, by the way. Phil.

  35. Hi Brian, thanks for the like over at The Ripest Pics.
    After enjoying many of the photos I’ve seen on your site, I’m following you – I love your work.
    I sense from your photos that you shoot from the heart, and to my eye that’s the best photography.
    I’m looking forward to seeing more!

  36. Brian–thank you for the like. Your blog is beautiful. The photos of McGee made me misty-eyed. Hopefully, she has made friends with my Daisy and Muffin….don’t they know they are supposed to live forever? Just lovely.

  37. Thanks for these photos, Brian. I’m blind, but because I can blow the images up on my computer I can see this visual beauty and your incredible awareness of light. I take pictures too, but as a tool for living, rather than as a visual memoir. The photos are still, however, the record of a moment that happened to me but which I didn’t see. Thanks for the pleasure, Steve

  38. Glad you nicked your wife’s prezzy! Some really classy photos here and I’ve only looked at about ten!! Keep going… I enjoy what I see!! 😉

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