An Interview with Adventure Photographer Dean Johns


Dean Harvey Johns is an adventure and lifestyle photographer from New Zealand. His portfolio is currently blooming with stunning photographs of landscapes and nature, which are inspiring an abundance of people on his social platforms. Our NZP team was lucky enough to chat with Dean about inspiration, creative droughts, the beauty of New Zealand, and much more.

Enjoy this interview with one of our favourite Kiwi artists!


Please tell us about yourself!

My name is Dean Johns, I'm a 25 year old lifestyle/adventure photographer based in Nelson, New Zealand. I'm a born and bred kiwi but just moved back home in January after spending the last 4-5 years playing drums professionally for a band in Australia. There was never really a moment in my life where I decided I was going to be a photographer, it was more of a natural occurrence. I bought my first point and shoot camera before a trip to Canada in my senior year, the photos were terrible, but several months down track I realised I really enjoyed taking photos, so I saved for a DSLR and bought my first one just after graduating high school. From there, the rest is history.

What is the most important thing a budding landscape photographer should know?

Don't be afraid to make mistakes. I think the biggest thing I've learned from taking adventure/lifestyle images is trying a lot of different styles and colours until I found som