100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Lindsey Byrnes

Photo by Brittany Head

L.A.-based photographer Lindsey Byrnes has had her shots in Rolling Stone, Marie Claire, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, but what she loves most is helping her subjects to see themselves as beautiful. “Letting them see their best selves is rewarding,” Byrnes says. “I know I’m really lucky to do something every day that I actually think is fun.” She’s been hired for high-profile ad campaigns for Wildfang, Hard Rock Cafe and Good Dye Young, and is often brought in by brands to take shots of celebrities, musicians and festivals. “I cannot say whether or not I would have achieved more of my professional goals if I wasn’t out,” Byrnes says. “However, I can say that I have met many amazing people through other amazing people who are part of the LGBT community, so in that way, I have become more successful. And if it has kept people from hiring me on jobs, then that is also a success because I don’t want to work with people like that anyway.” —TB