My name is Aaron Chen and I founded Composed and Focused Studios! My goal is to make photos that inspire others to visit places they have never been to and to appreciate the beautiful things they may overlook. To that end, I use this site to share my photos, creative thought processes, and tips and tricks. And occasional puns.

My favorite compositions are filled with details and layers as I think they reward deep inspection and repeated viewings. Because of my preferred subject matter, I vastly prefer showing my art with large prints, high resolution small prints, or high resolution digital viewing. I also have prints for sale! Send me an email if there's a print you'd like!

I'd love to hear your thoughts and work with you on learning and refining your creative work via photography, meeting for location-based workshops, and collaborating on making great photos. Feel free to message me with any questions and commentary!


A 12 second timer and very careful rock hopping resulted in this photo at Observation Point in Zion National Park!

A 12 second timer and very careful rock hopping resulted in this photo at Observation Point in Zion National Park!

Aaron Chen formerly lived in the North East United States before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to share photos from my adventures to encourage others to join me or go on their own journeys into the world's great wildernesses and grand cities. But some of my favorite photos are of the overlooked, everyday beauty that most do not notice.