Interview with Tyana Arviso

Here’s the fifth part of our interview series celebrating our own home state, the beautiful state of Arizona. 

It was an absolute pleasure to chat with amazingly talented Tyana Arviso about her landscape photographies.


Tyana. First time I came across of your photography was your Arizona series. I would like to talk about that but before we start can you tell us about yourself?

I was born and raised in SW Colorado, growing up I always had an interest in the arts I would always be drawing, painting or doing something creative. During my early childhood years, I was often exploring the outdoors, I’d frequently go camping in the mountains. You could always find me swimming or rock climbing. Since then I haven’t done much of that, although you can still find me roaming the beautiful desert. At the beginning of my photography career I worked at a contemporary photo gallery in Durango, CO, I curated exhibits. After that began working for a tourism office here in SW Colorado. During this time I started taking my photography more seriously and began to push myself to become less self-conscious of what I posted. I am now 20 years old and within the short amount of time that I’ve stepped foot into my career, I’ve encountered so many wonderful opportunities. This year has been good to me, I’ve had the chance to produce a video with the Denver Broncos and other foundations, I’ve also been published in a handful of wonderful magazines. Along the way I’m meeting wonderful people, I can’t wait to see where else my career takes me!

Was there any specific moment you can remember that made you want to become a photographer?

Growing up I was always surrounded by the arts, my father is an artist and my mother is a photographer. Being in an artistic environment allowed me to fully express my creativity. During my junior year of high school I took a photography class, that really sparked my interest into photography. I started shooting in black and white film and then moved to digital. I’m glad I have a background in film. My experience in the darkroom has made me appreciate the art of photography.

Let's jump into to your Arizona series. What did you find so unique about Arizona?

Arizona has a unique beauty. Its sunrises are unforgettable, I enjoy the moment of silence and stillness just before the sunrise. When the sun rises you’re greeted with a refreshing glow that radiates the Arizona desert, it’s so magical you have to experience it in person.

Did you get to photograph any hidden places in Arizona?

This summer I was lucky enough to photograph Teardrop Arch, an arch located in the canyons of Monument Valley. This location isn’t well known to tourist but is a unique location in Arizona.


How else do you capture the world besides photography?

Besides being a photographer I’m actually a videographer too. Since I’m frequently on the road I decided I wanted to document my travels with my family. That’s when I began my dabbling into videography,  I started doing travel vlogs. Although I’ve been traveling I haven’t made any new videos for myself. However as part of my job I produce videos for events and businesses. This year my summer has consisted of producing videos for city events and such.

What equipment do you use to capture your footage? What are some of the challenges of using them?

I believe you do not need a fancy camera to capture awesome images. The equipment does not matter, it’s the person that matters, the story you tell. Anybody can take a photo its how you tell your story and the passion you have for something that’ll take you far. It’s the amount of time and effort that you are willing to put out that’ll get you far. At the moment I’m still using my first camera that I began shooting with it’s a, Nikon D3300, it’s not the fanciest camera but it has gotten me far in photography. I also shoot with a DJI Mavic Pro, shooting from a drone does require a bit more skill. It is  important to stay up to date on drone rules and regulations, so that it does not infringe on any rules.

What is the most memorable trip you have had in recent memory?

My most memorable trip I’ve recently had was a trip to Page, AZ. I’ve visited Page a handful of times but this was going to be my first time visiting Lower Antelope Canyon, although I’ve been to Upper Antelope Canyon numerous times. Our tour guide was absolutely wonderful, we went with Kens Touring company. They were kind enough to give us a private photographers tour. I was able to admire the canyon without it being overcrowded, this allowed me to capture unique images that I probably wouldn’t have gotten. Each time I visit Antelope Canyon it’s a different experience, the canyon has an unforgettable beauty that is a must see in person. It makes you realize how small you are in the world.

Closing Thoughts … How do you think photography and traveling have changed your view of the world?

Photography definitely has a positive influence on how I view the world now. Before I honestly didn’t appreciate the beauty that surrounded me. I’m so thankful that i’ve had many opportunities to see the things that i’ve seen in life. I’ve grown to realize that material things in life do not matter it’s the memories you make with who you travel with and the experiences you embark on. I’m gald at a young age I am able to realize this.