2013 in review

As I said last year, a funny thing happens over the course of taking a few hundred thousand photos. Each individual photo is about the subjects, the moment, the emotion, the story … but over time, in a big enough collection, it also becomes a self-portrait of the photographer. These are the stories I see and the way that I see them. And so this is not a “best of” list, because picking the “best” out of so many photos would probably give me a nervous breakdown, but this is a portrait of who I was in 2013.

I’ve devoted my life to documenting love, but in 2013 I felt it in ways I’d never imagined — both inside myself and the sort of effects that love can have on someone. In short, all the clichés can be true. No matter how silly or treacly or saccharine you may sound, you probably aren’t saccharine enough. Love changes everything, and it makes things worth changing in the first place. If I had energy and fervor to document it in all its forms before, now I burn with it, and I cannot wait for my shared story to continue.

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Heidi McClelland - Thank you for sharing your incredible talent with the world! Just finished watching Susan Stripling on CL and now just coming across this post I am inspired and ready for a new season and year to start! Thank you!

Raonak Hathiramani - This is just brilliant Ryan! You’ve inspired me to a whole new level. Thank you for sharing these frames.

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Raonak!

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Heidi!

SotirisStampoulidis - Great images, thank you for sharing,

Danny Gorman - So awesome. I love all of this!

Michelle McLucas - I just want to see more! Thanks for posting.

Amanda Chreitzberg - Amazing, Ryan, truly amazing!

Stan - Wow, amazing. I can’t get over how you’re able to find that seemingly perfect shot, over and over again.

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Stan!

Chelsea Patricia - Freaking amazing, all around. That shot with the stepson crying during his toast is my favorite of almost all images ever.

Elissa R - So stinkin’ fabulous. I love love love your work. I’d like to know the story behind the whipped cream push-ups!

Martin Ker - Fantastic work Ryan. Ever an inspiration.

Damian Burcher - The silhouette on the balcony is exquisite

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you!

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Elissa!

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Martin!

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Chelsea, it’s definitely one of my favorite moments.

Kristopher - I can’t believe it took me this long to check this out. Definitely an amazing year for a very talented photographer. I can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store.

Varun Saran - First image!!! Beautiful work Ryan, continue to inspire!

Ryan Brenizer - Thank you Varun! I hope you’re doing well!

SerajPhoto - Your work is truly inspirational Ryan! It makes me wonder every month why I haven’t stopped with the slog and taken a chance.

Harry Richards Photography - You have so much variety in your work here – technically stunning portraits, witty reportage and some beautifully playful artistic shots. One of the best all rounders I’ve seen.