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.

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Ryan Brenizer

I take pictures.

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

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