Cynthia Lynn’s photography reflects the person behind the camera; happy, bubbly, uplifting, quirky and at times even a bit tongue and cheek. A fitness aficionado, Cynthia started her photographic career by moonlighting as a personal trainer. Her schedule gave her the flexibility to create personal work and begin to establish a regular client list. In 2011, she fully committed to photography as her career and hasn’t looked back since.
When starting out, Cynthia focused primarily on her interiors work. This in turn led to a regular flow of environmental portraiture work. She found that her outgoing personality was somewhat unique for the interiors world, and clients wanted her interiors aesthetic but a warm personality for engaging subjects for environmental portraits. Because of Cynthia’s personal work with and her adoration of animals, she began incorporating pets into her environmental portraits while on assignment. She found pets brought the portraits to life and put the subject at ease. Her clients agreed, often selecting these images for publication. She’s since incorporated a similar approach into her interiors work as well.
Based on her love of animals and the many hours she spent volunteering at the humane society in Chicago where she lives, Cynthia started a personal work series called “Pets and their People” back in 2010 where she features dogs with a humanistic style. Rather than photographing people and their pets, she instead opted for the more conceptual approach to make the pets the subjects and give them a human quality, at times quite exaggerated and humorous. For this series she does all the creative treatment from soup to nuts; the styling, location, set design, and of course photography.
With a successful editorial career well established with both local clients in Chicago as well as national clients, Cynthia is now looking to make a pivot to a more commercial, and ideally more conceptual, direction. She’s looking forward to continuing her personal work series on dogs, as well as some upcoming travel work in Prague.
“Cynthia began incorporating pets into her environmental
portraits while on assignment. She found pets brought
the portraits to life & put the subject at ease.”