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Meet Brian McClean of McClean Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian McClean.

I am Brian McClean, originally from Philadelphia, PA. I am a 12 year Coast Guard Veteran who began photography as a hobby to deal with stress, anxiety and to find meaning in life beyond work. The work grew into a passion and now a business where I sell Fine Art Prints of landscapes, architecture, sunsets, and street scenes. I have lived in the Middle East (Bahrain), Alaska, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and now San Diego.

Most of my professional work has been done here in San Diego but will expand to other parts of the world. My original career track and profession is in Information Technology; I am currently finishing my degree in Computer Information Systems at National University. I like to go to the gym, read, practice personal development and play basketball in my spare time.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The path to becoming a fine art photographer was not planned. It began as an outlet and a way of self-expression. As I was transitioning from the military, I decided to buy a more expensive camera and take my craft seriously. I have since upgraded my equipment and have dedicated the majority of my time to be the best photographer and overall person I can be. I deferred from corporate America and IT to pursue my passions and dreams.

So far, I have begun to get brand recognition, print sales, portraits and events around time. My primary focus is selling prints, however. Although I loved the military and my service in the United States Coast Guard, I was ready to do something for myself, and not continue to sacrifice for the country. Photography is what I was fortunate enough to find and what I plan to do indefinitely.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about McClean Photography – what should we know?
My company is known as McClean Photography. I specialize in fine art, sunset, landscape and street photography. I primarily sell prints online on my website but have also been reaching out to showcase my work at art galleries and local venues. I am known for creating captivating beauty in my pictures, which are typically rich in purple and orange colors. I try to make them more majestic and to bring serenity to the heart of the viewer. My motivation is to approach photography as a form of healing, therapy, motivation, and positivity.

I am very proud to have started my business from the ground up and be involved in the creative community in San Diego. There are many great brands and people here that I look up to such as Evgeny Yorobe, Eric Scire and Eric Rubles. As photographers, we all see the world from our own perception in that particular space and time. There may be similarities, but there is always at least a subtle difference in the way the picture is presented, how it is edited and who the intended audience is. It is an expression of the self, and we are all individuals.

I will continue to express myself fully in my work and let the audience decide if it is right for them or resonates with them in some way.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I credit April Stickelman (my partner), Jesse Luke, Ed Ramirez, Tiara Louise, Ev Yorobe, Calvin Robinson, Omar Hamilton (Photosbyblvkwolf), Troy Nwanna, Lee English, Nelson Santos, Kamal Johnson, Wallo267 , the San Diego Creative and Nightlife industry and all veterans who support and choose entrepreneurship after service.

Each individual has supported and motivated me to stick with my craft and show me that it is possible to be successful in creative arts. Each of them is exceptional people, who are creative, motivated and fiercely independent. They have carved their own lane and stayed on track for as long as I have known them. They have helped me to have no doubt that I will be successful in this business with a little drive, planning, perseverance, and dedication.


  • Small Canvas and Metal Prints $50-100
  • Medium Canvas and Metal Prints $100-400
  • Large Canvas and Metal Prints $500.00+

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1 Comment

  1. Brian McClean

    November 21, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Thanks for the article San Diego Voyager!

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