I have been named one of American Photo’s Top 10 World’s Best Wedding Photographers for 2013. Pinch me.

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“Awards don’t matter,” I tell myself. “I don’t do this job for awards.” And for the most part, I actually believe it. They’re handy signposts for my competitive spirit, but this is an industry where you are only as good as the photo you take next. After all, you will never hear a bride say “I hated my photos, but that’s OK because he’s taken really great photos for other people!”

But making the American Photo Top 10 list sweeps that aside for a moment in a rush of euphoria and amazement. Partially because this is The Big One, the list that everyone wants to be on, and which has been graced by unbelievably talented photographers who have inspired me from the beginning of my career to today. But mostly because this list is nominated by these incredible photographers. It still surprises and bewilders me that these people even know who I am, so to have them say “Yes, he belongs on a list of the best of the best,” is an honor too big for me to wrap my head around. Thank you.

It is also incredible to be named along with nine other photographers who are not only incredible, but who include personal friends such as Todd Hunter McGaw, or the man who made me laugh myself to tears this past week at the Foundation Workshop, Tyler Wirken.

But mostly thank you to my clients and their friends and families, for not only being amazing, but choosing to be amazing in front of my lens. You are awesome, and that’s what this shows. I’m just the guy that gets to document that.

But the competitive spirit in me must push me further. I can’t stop at the world. Wedding photographers of Mars, watch your back.

  • http://jonaspeterson.com Jonas Peterson

    It’s finally out :)

    Congrats, buddy, well deserved.

  • http://www.nordicaphotography.com Cole

    Awesome. Well deserved indeed. I’m surprised it took so long haha…

  • http://wedo.net.nz Jason

    Congrats Ryan, great news. Well deserved. :)

  • http://www.kathscott.com.au Kath Scott

    Congratulations!!! I loved ‘I’m just the guy that gets to document that.’ Well done.

  • Sara Kelly Johns

    I want a print copy of this issue! Please?

  • http://www.sachinkhona.com Sachin

    Well done man!! Enjoy it !! Watch out Mars ;)

  • http://www.cacchioli.co.uk Craig Cacchioli

    Well done Ryan. Congratulations. It’s a nice feeling to receive recognition from your peers. The only thing now is that you are going to have to let even more brides down because you can’t photograph their wedding – doh!

  • http://www.danodayphotoblog.com Dan O’Day

    congratulation mate.. Ill buy you a celebratory beer in Vegas

  • http://www.lempacreative.com/ Dale Lempa

    Super cool! Congrats.

  • http://ferjuaristi.com fer juaristi

    dude, congrats brother! well deserved!

  • http://www.priyapatelphotography.com/blog Priya Patel

    Great news! Congrats, Ryan! Very well deserved.

  • http://newtonflash.com newton

    Osm, congrats.

  • Stevenson Martin

    congrats!

  • Agnes Earthel

    Congratulations, Ryan! You deserve nothing less :)

  • http://www.epiclovephotography.com Rob

    Well done dude!!!!

  • http://www.mikegarrard.co.uk Mike Garrard

    Amazing news, well done Ryan! What a week it was for you in the end!

  • Mariel Fontaine

    Congratulations! I can’t think of anyone who deserves it more. Not because I know anything about wedding photography (other than drooling over your work on the internet and facebook)… but because in the one time I had the pleasure of meeting you (at a workshop in Dallas when I came up to visit Valerie) you were kind, welcoming, and encouraging in how open, straightforward and frank you were about every aspect of your work. Your genuine love for people and what you do shines, and that’s magnetic. It shows in your work- people are beautiful in front of your lens for a reason. Keep smiling. I’ve found that the smallest kindness toward another continues to humble everyone it reaches. And congratulations again, on such a big recognition!

    PS- I might have to be the first lady to get married on Mars now.

  • http://www.danielkrieger.com Daniel Krieger

    Great job Ryan that’s awesome… well deserved!

  • http://www.jandmphotos.net Mario

    Awesome! Congrats and very nice pictures… jandmphotos

  • http://www.monicajustesen.com Monica Justesen Photography

    Wow, that’s absolutely amazing, Ryan! And 110% well-deserved!

    Congratulations!

  • http://jeremybischoffphotography.com Jeremy Bischoff

    So deserved, thank you for remaining so humble!

  • http://elizabethandrich.com rich

    totally well deserved. congratulations!

  • Eric McDuffie

    Congratulation, Ryan!

  • http://www.arguedasphotography.com Johnny Arguedas

    Fantastic, and well deserved. Congratulations!

  • Jeff Lee Movies.com

    Congratulations, Ryan. I checked out your pictures on the Net and I loved them.

  • http://www.joshjonesphoto.com/ Josh Jones

    Congrats! Very much deserved!!

  • Phil

    very well deserved. Congratulations sir!!!!

  • Lane Greene

    Honored to have been one of your clients. Twice! (That’s two weddings to the same lady, folks.)

  • Trond-Daniel Kastnes Kvalvik

    Congrats! You deserve it man, your work is absolutely stunning and your a huge inspiration!

  • http://www.timbishop.co.uk Tim Bishop

    Very happy for you Ryan, well deserved – have been inspired by you for a long while, indeed watch out Mars! :)

  • http://Orgelphotography.com Yechiel

    Congratulations Ryan! you are an awesome inspiration source!

  • Leslie Isaac Kok

    Congratulations Ryan! U deserved the title no doubt!

  • http://stefanhellberg.com stefan – hochzeitsfotograf schweiz

    congrats man, that is amazing!

  • Chris Anderson

    Well deserved! Your work inspires me like almost no other. Wanted you to shoot my wedding last year but were already booked that weekend. Looking forward to seeing you speak at WPPI. Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.blackforestphoto.com Becky

    How awesome for you! Congratulations! I hope to someday be so honored as to make that cut. Again, so happy for you.

  • http://www.brookesummer.com Brooke

    Wow that is amazing, congratulations!!

  • http://www.miahopephotography.com june

    Congratulations!! You are such an inspiration to us and we cant think of anyone that deserves it more.

  • http://www.junebugweddings.com blair delaubenfels

    Very well deserved Ryan! We’re super excited to see your class at WPPI this year!

  • http://www.nautilusweddings.com/ Irish Photographers

    Nice and cool photos, one of the most beautiful and romantic weddings photos

  • http://www.wasiophotography.com Yaneck+Sasha – Chicago Wedding Photographers

    big big big congrats!!! Absolutely well deserved and brought up with such modesty:)

  • Michael Costa

    Epic!